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A First Zen Reader, Hardback Book

A First Zen Reader Hardback

Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism series


When Zen Buddhism crossed from China to Japan in the twelfth century, it entered a phase of development that was not only to inspire a magnificent range of artistic achievement but also to exert a tremendous influence upon Japanese life itself and, eventually, to bring to the attention of the West a religious philosophy both unique and challenging in its power. `Yet', as one of the contributors to this book (first published in 1960) expresses it, `if asked what Zen is, to reply is very difficult.' It is the purpose of this anthology to suggest an approach to such a reply.

The texts here translated will give a general idea of Zen theory and practice, and are outstanding selections from the treasury of Zen literature.

To these, the anthologist has added a valuable `Note on the Ways', in which he points out how `the student keeps his Zen practice in touch with his daily life'.

The exceptional interest of the text is further enhanced by twenty illustrative plates.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Zen Buddhism
  • ISBN: 9781138659001

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