Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Manual of Zen Buddhism” as Want to Read:
Manual of Zen Buddhism
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Manual of Zen Buddhism

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  597 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Here are the famous sutras, or sermons, of the Buddha, the gathas, or hymns, the intriguing philosophical puzzles known as koan, and the dharanis, or invocations to expel evil spirits. Included also are the recorded conversations of the great Buddhist monks—intimate dialogues on the subjects of momentous importance. In addition to the written selections, all of them ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Grove Press (first published November 30th 1934)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Manual of Zen Buddhism, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Manual of Zen Buddhism

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Graham
Jul 15, 2008 Graham added it
Approaching the Masters with humility and respect.: MANUAL OF ZEN BUDDHISM by D. T. Suzuki. 192 pp. London : Rider and Company, 1974 (1950) and Reprinted.

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was no ordinary man. A Buddhist scholar, and proficient not only in Chinese and Japanese, but also in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, English, and other languages, after attaining his Enlightenment at the age of twenty-seven he imposed upon himself an extremely difficult task - that of bringing a knowledge of Zen Buddhism to the

...more
Denis Materna
Sep 12, 2016 Denis Materna rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure. It contains translations of the Diamond Sutra and the story of the Ten Oxherding Pictures. I got interested in Zen through the recordings of Alan Watts. But when I actually got reading the primary material I began to truly understand it and put it into practice in real life.


"From the very beginning, pure and immaculate, the man has never been affected by defilement. He watches the growth of things, while himself abiding in the immovable serenity of nonassertion."

Being a
...more
Edward
Oct 18, 2015 Edward rated it it was amazing
The companion volume to Suzuki's Introduction to Zen Buddhism, this is mostly of collection of source materials and quotations from great Zen masters like Dogen or Hakuin. For this reason it's better to read the other book first if you can, although there are still some notes and explanatory sections here.



"There is really nothing to argue about in this teaching;

Any arguing is sure to go against the intent of it;

Doctrines given up to confusion and argumentation

Lead by themselves to birth and dea
...more
Joe Green
Jun 03, 2010 Joe Green rated it really liked it
I felt this book started off rather slowly with the Indian Sutras and whatnot. They were a little to imaginative and difficult for me to digest. However, once it got into the Ch'an masters, it became quite a boost to the soul. Some of the art and explanations on Japanese Zen, later in the book, were highly interesting, as well.
Jenna
May 31, 2009 Jenna rated it did not like it
TORTURE! I don't think religion should be so abstract and mystical. Good grief this was hard to understand. I've known wonderful Buddhists in my life, but this manual? Not accessible for me. I think religion should be accessible.
Ed Wells
Ed Wells rated it really liked it
Sep 18, 2015
Ben
Ben rated it liked it
Nov 08, 2014
Evan
Evan rated it really liked it
Sep 04, 2007
Daniel Nadeau
Daniel Nadeau rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2013
Jeremiah
Jeremiah rated it really liked it
Jan 14, 2008
Annie Yang
Annie Yang rated it it was amazing
Feb 04, 2015
James
James rated it really liked it
Jan 31, 2012
Maryam Hasnaa
Maryam Hasnaa rated it it was amazing
Nov 07, 2015
Anthony
Anthony rated it it was amazing
Sep 24, 2012
Stewart
Stewart rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2012
Isafakir
Isafakir rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2013
Ajinkya Joshi
Ajinkya Joshi rated it liked it
Dec 16, 2014
David Webb
David Webb rated it liked it
Apr 15, 2013
Nikki
Nikki rated it really liked it
Jul 17, 2012
Douglas Losey
Douglas Losey rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2012
Karin Sundstrom
Karin Sundstrom rated it it was amazing
Jun 10, 2013
Jason
Jason rated it liked it
Sep 02, 2016
Erudite Investor
Erudite Investor rated it it was amazing
Sep 26, 2013
Kaitlin Michelle
Kaitlin Michelle rated it liked it
Mar 26, 2014
Patrick Leary
Patrick Leary rated it really liked it
May 11, 2015
Subhash
Subhash rated it liked it
Nov 19, 2014
Zid
Zid rated it it was amazing
Jun 16, 2013
Deborah Blair
Deborah Blair rated it really liked it
May 07, 2014
Catherine
Catherine rated it it was amazing
May 13, 2014
Angie Lopez
Angie Lopez rated it liked it
Apr 10, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas
  • Zen Training: Methods And Philosophy
  • Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
  • A Buddhist Bible
  • The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
  • Taking the Path of Zen
  • The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans
  • The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
  • Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
  • The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng
  • Essential Zen
  • Zen and the Birds of Appetite
  • Essential Tibetan Buddhism
  • Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Spirituality
  • Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives
  • The Lotus Sutra
  • Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals, 1969-1982
  • Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
74355
Daisetsu (also written Daisetz) Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木大拙) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western ...more
More about D.T. Suzuki...

Share This Book