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(01/28/2015) Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings of D. T. Suzuki by D. T. Suzuki. Garden City. 1956. Anchor/Doubleday. 294 pages.  paperback.  Edited by William Barrett. Cover design by Seong Moy. Typography by Joseph Ascherl.   

 

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   Buddhism crossed from India to China in the 6th century A.D. and confronted the earthy and practical Chinese spirit with the imaginative and speculative spirit of India. The encounter is one of the most extraordinary events in history and makes one of the truly phenomenal chapters in the record of religion and culture. Translated into the Chinese idiom, Buddhism became one of China’s most potent spiritual and cultural forces. One expression of Chinese Buddhism known in China as Ch’an and, when it crossed to Japan in the 12th century as Zen, inspired some of the most beautiful painting, sculpture, and literature that have come from the Far East. Even more it presented to the world a form of religion unique in its emphasis on the freedom and self-realization of the individual. For this reason, Zen Buddhism as it has been discovered by the West in our time emerges as one of the great challenges to Western philosophy, psychology, and religion. The present volume, composed of the work of D. T. Suzuki, Zen’s chief exponent in English, and presented to Western readers by William Barrett, is intended to introduce the general reader to the history and spirit of Zen.

 

   Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (1870–1966) was a Japanese-born scholar and translator who over the course of the twentieth century came to be regarded as one of the leading authorities on Zen Buddhism. Suzuki was the author of more than a hundred works on the subject in both Japanese and English, and was most instrumental in bringing the teachings of Zen Buddhism to the attention of the Western world. His many books in English include An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, Essays in Zen Buddhism, Living by Zen, and Zen and Japanese Culture.

 

 

 

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