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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat of a treatise., 18 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: An Introduction To Zen Buddhism (Paperback)
Zen is possibly one of the most difficult things to describe in words, yet Suzuki manages to do just that. The texts are thoroughly enlightening, well-structured and thought-provoking. The introduction by C.G. Jung to me seems superfluous and awkward and I still cannot understand why it is there; skip it the first time you read the book, and as I am sure you'll return to this book after a while, you can glance over it while re-reading the book. Then you'll understand why I think it is totally out of place in this otherwise magnificent book.
My overall advice is simple: if you are reading this review, you care enough about Zen to buy a book about it. This is the one you should be going for.
And trust me: you'll learn why you care about Zen.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2008 11:52:35 GMT
Plain says:
I agree. I skipped Carl Jung as well. Not sure if I'll ever read it.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 02:53:42 GMT
x iLeon says:
Thanks for the review. As for Jung, obviously he is there to give the book a bit of "Western" "scientific" "credibility", an effective marketing tool as you should know. I am not endorsing that view, as should be apparent by my repeated, and possibly annoying, use of quotations, just stating a very simple fact. After all, a lot of people first approached oriental philosophy/theosophy after being pointed that way by Jung (and others), and jung still remains the most credible (and spiritually inclined) psychologist of the psychoanalytic school. And a lot of people in the west feel more at ease approaching such eastern areas of endeavour if they have some western endorsment of the sort, same as we are more likely to buy big name brands, e.g. paracetamol, even if the active ingredients in the no-brand box are exactly the same!...
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