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Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings of D. T. Suzuki


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No other figure in history has played a bigger part in opening the West to Buddhism than the eminent Zen author, D.T. Suzuki, and in this reissue of his best work readers are given the very heart of Zen teaching. Zen Buddhism, which sold more than 125,000 as an Anchor paperback after its publication in 1956, includes a basic historical background as well as a thorough overview of the techniques for Zen practice. Concepts and terminology such as satori, zazen, and koans, as well as the various elements of this philosophy are all given clear explanations. But while Suzuki takes nothing for granted in the reader's understanding of the fundamentals, he does not give a merely rudimentary overview. Each of the essays included here, particularly those on the unconscious mind and the relation of Zen to Western philosophy, go far beyond other sources for their penetrating insights and timeless wisdom.

What is most important about D.T. Suzuki's work, however--and what comes across so powerfully in these selections--is his unparalleled ability to communicate the experiential aspect of Zen. The intensity here with which Zen philosophy comes to life is without parallel in the canon of Buddhist literature. Suzuki stands apart from all teachers before or since because of his exceptional ability to eloquently capture in words the seemingly inexpressible essence of Zen.

About the Author

D. T. SUZUKI (1869-1966), born and educated in Japan, was the chief emissary of Zen in the West. In addition to lecturing extensively throughout the world, he held teaching positions in Japan and at Columbia University.

WILLIAM BARRETT is a distinguished philosopher and teacher, and was instrumental in introducing existentialism to America. He is the author of The Death of the Soul and Irrational Man. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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no one special, November 30, 2009 (view all comments by no one special)
I have been reading this book in part and wholly for almost ten years -- I have an older edition of it. Every time I read it again I understand something new. It is very meaty. Its greatest strength (it has many strengths) is that the author had direct experience of the system he wrote about. Although he was a scholar, he was also an enlightened man, so when he talked about enlightenment he was able to speak very clearly, with real authority.
I don't practice Zen per se, but another form of insight meditation that is almost identical, without the Chinese/Japanese cultural stuff. This book is one of the most important ones in my library.
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Barrett, William
Barrett, William
Suzuki, Daisetz T.
Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro
Selected Writings of D.T. Suzuki edited by William Barrett
Zen buddhism
Buddhism - General
Eastern - General
Zen Buddhism -- China.
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
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