Zen and Japanese Culture available in Paperback
Zen and Japanese Culture is 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 how Zen and Japanese Culture was received upon its first publication and analyzes the book in light of contemporary criticism, especially by scholars of Japanese Buddhism.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Series:||Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology , #95|
|Edition description:||With a New introduction by Richard M. Jaffe|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
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 Edition vii
List of Plates xxxi
I What is Zen? 1
II General Remarks on Japanese Art Culture 19
IIIZen and the Study of Confucianism 39
IV Zen and the Samurai 59
V Zen and Swordsmanship I 87
VI Zen and Swordsmanship II 137
VII Zen and Haiku 215
VIII Zen and the Art of Tea I 269
IX Zen and the Art of Tea II 291
X Rikyu and Other Teamen 315
XI Love of Nature 329
I Two Mnodo from the "Hekigan-shu 399
II The Vimalakirti Sutra 410
III "Yama-uba," a No Play
IV The Swordsman and the Cat 428
V Chuang-tzu 436
What People are Saying About This
"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."
New York Times
"[In] Dr. Suzuki’s beautiful book . . . the cults of tea, sword, archery, garden, painting, handwriting are shown as separate petals of that precious efflorescence which, in spite of history, madness and the disturbed surface of the tangible world, are celebrated today, inside and outside of many golden pavilions."
"This is one of those books you read to the last page without ever finishing; you keep going back for moreand finding it. . . . Zen and Japanese Culture covers familiar territory in unfamiliar ways."