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Zen and Japanese culture

Author: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1970, ©1959.
Series: Bollingen series, 64.; Princeton/Bollingen paperbacks, 221.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is 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 what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
ISBN: 0691098492 9780691098494 0691017700 9780691017709
OCLC Number: 249643
Notes: First ed. published in 1938 under title: Zen Buddhism and its influence on Japanese culture.
Description: xxiii, 478 pages, 37 unnumbered leaves of plates (3 folded) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: What is Zen? --
General remarks on Japanese art culture --
Zen and the study of Confucianism --
Zen and the samurai --
Zen and swordsmanship --
Zen and haiku --
Zen and the art of tea --
Rikyū and other teamen --
Love of nature.
Series Title: Bollingen series, 64.; Princeton/Bollingen paperbacks, 221.
Other Titles: Zen Buddhism and its influence on Japanese culture
Responsibility: Daisetz T. Suzuki.
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One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is 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 what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of Zen in 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 discussion is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.

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"As one turns the pages of this delightful book, one seems to catch intimations of how and why certain aspects of the "spirit of Zen' are making themselves felt in America today." * The New York Read more...

 
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