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Zen and Japanese Culture
Daisetz T. Suzuki
With a new introduction by Richard M. Jaffe

Paperback | 2010 | $24.95 | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691144627
608 pp. | 6 x 9
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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.


Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "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 Times

Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "[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."--Lincoln Kirstein, The Nation

Table of Contents:

Introduction to the 2010 Edition vii
Preface xxix
List of Plates xxxi
Chronology xliv
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
Appendices 397
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
Bibliography 443
Index 449

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