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.
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.
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