Zen and Japanese Culture (Abridged / Audio Cassette, Abridged)
From one of the most influential books ever written on Zen's influence on Japan
One of the leading twentieth-century works on Zen by D.T. Suzuki, Zen and the Art of Japanese Culture was originally released on audio as four separate programs--What Is Zen, Zen and the Love of Nature, Zen and the Art of Tea, and Zen and the Samurai. Now, for the first time, they are available in one edition.
After briefly explaining what Zen is, Dr. Suzuki considers in detail various aspects of Japanese art and life that this Buddhist discipline has influenced: the cult of swordsmanship, the tea ceremony, the haiku form of poetry, and the Japanese love of nature. Other essays are devoted to the relationship of Zen and Confucianism, to the role of Zen in the tradition of the Samurai, and to Japanese art.
In simple, often poetic, language enhanced by anecdotes and poetry, D. T. Suzuki describes how Zen evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetic found throughout Japanese culture.
About the Author
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was Japan's foremost authority on Zen Buddhism and the author of over one hundred works on the subject. He was trained as a Buddhist disciple in the great Zen monastery at Kamakura. From 1897 to 1908 he worked in the United States as an editor and translator and later became a lecturer at Tokyo Imperial University. In 1950, at eighty, he returned to the United States and spent most of the decade teaching, lecturing, and writing, particularly at Columbia and Harvard. Returning to Japan, he died in Tokyo in 1966 at the age of ninety-five. Christopher Reed has been teaching Buddhism and Buddhist meditation for fifteen years. He received transmission as a Dharma teacher from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He has been influenced by the tradition of socially/politically engaged Buddhism, and works toward the integration of traditional Buddhist teaching with the demands of everyday life. He is co-founder and director of the Ordinary Dharma Meditation Center of Los Angeles and the Manzanita Village Retreat Center in San Diego.
"As one [listens], one seems to catch intimations of how and why certain aspects of the 'spirit of Zen' are making themselves felt in America today.... There is something inexpressibly soothing in the old Japanese virtues...as Mr. Suzuki describes them." --The New York Times