Zen and Japanese Culture

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-09-13
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Zen and Japanese Cultureis one of the twentieth century's leading works on Zen, and a valuable source for those wishing to understand its concepts in the context of Japanese life and art. In simple, often poetic, language, Daisetz Suzuki describes his conception of Zen and its historical evolution. He connects Zen to the philosophy of the samurai, and subtly portrays the relationship between Zen and swordsmanship, haiku, tea ceremonies, and the Japanese love of nature. Suzuki's contemplative work is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.Since its original publication in 1938, this important work has played a major role in shaping conceptions of Zen's influence on Japanese traditional arts. Richard Jaffe's introduction acquaints a new generation of readers with Suzuki's life and career in both Japan and America. Jaffe discusses howZen and Japanese Culturewas received upon its first publication and analyzes the book in light of contemporary criticism, especially by scholars of Japanese Buddhism.

Author Biography

Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was Japan's foremost authority on Zen Buddhism and the author of more than one hundred books on the subject.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2010 Editionp. vii
Prefacep. xxix
List of Platesp. xxxi
Chronologyp. xliv
What Is Zen?p. 1
General Remarks on Japanese Art Culturep. 19
Zen and the Study of Confucianismp. 39
Zen and the Samuraip. 59
Zen and Swordsmanship Ip. 87
Zen and Swordsmanship IIp. 137
Zen and Haikup. 215
Zen and the Art of Tea Ip. 269
Zen and the Art of Tea IIp. 291
Rikyu and Other Teamenp. 315
Love of Naturep. 329
Appendicesp. 397
Two Mondo from the "Hekigan-shu"p. 399
The Vimalakirti Sutrap. 410
"Yama-uba," a No Playp. 419
The Swordsman and the Catp. 428
Chuang-tzup. 436
Bibliographyp. 443
Indexp. 449
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