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Zen and Japanese Culture Hardcover – 31 Dec 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (31 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567311245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567311242
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As one [listens], one seems to catch intimations of how and why certain aspects of the 'spirit of Zen' are making themselves felt in America today.... There is something inexpressibly soothing in the old Japanese virtues...as Mr. Suzuki describes them." --"The New York Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was Japan's foremost authority on Zen Buddhism and the author of over one hundred works on the subject. He was trained as a Buddhist disciple in the great Zen monastery at Kamakura. From 1897 to 1908 he worked in the United States as an editor and translator and later became a lecturer at Tokyo Imperial University. In 1950, at eighty, he returned to the United States and spent most of the decade teaching, lecturing, and writing, particularly at Columbia and Harvard. Returning to Japan, he died in Tokyo in 1966 at the age of ninety-five. Christopher Reed has been teaching Buddhism and Buddhist meditation for fifteen years. He received transmission as a Dharma teacher from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He has been influenced by the tradition of socially/politically engaged Buddhism, and works toward the integration of traditional Buddhist teaching with the demands of everyday life. He is co-founder and director of the Ordinary Dharma Meditation Center of Los Angeles and the Manzanita Village Retreat Center in San Diego. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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What stands out most is the way that Suzuki explains complex spiritual and religious ideas in a succinct and easy-to-understand way. It is definitely recommended to people who have a moderate understanding of the Eastern beliefs and wants to learn more.
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Book very good but received it two weeks too late. But the book arrived at last and I am happy.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended. 9 July 2016
By carol b. - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Suzuki and his wife, an American scholar and translator are able to offer comparisons between the two cultures and present the differences in a writing style that is unusually clear and insightful for the English reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zen can not be learned only experienced. 28 Aug. 2006
By Jose L. Passalacqua - Published on Amazon.com
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Through this delightful and profound text the concept of Zen is presented as the facets in a diamond. Suzuki does so by presenting Zen in a variety of ways: from a swordsman's perspective, painting and other art forms.

The simplicity of Suzuki's style never cheapens nor detracts from the teachings; on the contrary, it seamlessly guides us through all the nuances and difficult to explain concepts. His writing style contributes to the "feeling",if I may say so, of the flow of Zen.

It is not dogma. It does not pretend to give answers. It is

a guide or portal to the way of Zen and gives us an awareness that may help us find our own way to it.

If organized religion does not do it for you this may be the path you are looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a rewarding classic 26 Aug. 2000
By LuelCanyon - Published on Amazon.com
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A towering book of scholarship from the mind of a Japanese Zen master with an almost mystical mastery of English prose. One needn't be a student of Buddhism or particularly interested in the history of Zen and its historical impact to benefit mightily from this book. It's beautiful literature! The passages (in two generous chapters) on Zen and Swordsmanship stand with the best in English literature. Suzuki's perspective is broad and inclusive, if entirely his own, and includes the historic relationship of Zen to nature, art, haiku, and more narrowly the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It's a rewarding book that only deeps with each reading. Unconditional recommendation.
4.0 out of 5 stars You can open this book on any page and start ... 15 Sept. 2014
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
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You can open this book on any page and start reading. The most comprehensive book on Japanese Zen I have ever come across.
4.0 out of 5 stars Zen and Japanese Culture 20 July 2013
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Suzuki attributes Zen leanings to exercises such as swordsmanship and the tea ceremony, and while it is an interesting read for the first 1/4 of the book, it gets verbose and repetitive.
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