Zen and Japanese Culture
by Daisetz T. Suzuki , Richard M. Jaffe
✅ Editor: Princeton University Press
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Zen and Japanese Culture is one of the 20th century’s leading books on Zen, and a valuable source for those wishing to understand concepts in the context of Japanese life and art.In simple, often poetic, language, Daisetz Suzuki describes his conception of Zen and its historical evolutionHe connects Zen to samurai philosophy, and subtly illustrates the relationship between Zen and the art of the sword, haiku, tea ceremony, and the Japanese love of nature.Suzuki’s contemplative work is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architectureSince its original publication in 1938, this important work has played a major role in the evolution of Zen conceptions influencing traditional Japanese arts.Richard Jaffe introduces a new generation of Suzuki readers to life and career from both Japan and America.Jaffe explains how Zen and Japanese Culture was received in its first publication and analyses the book in the light of contemporary criticism, particularly by specialists in Japanese Buddhism.
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