An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D T Suzuki
Information: 132 pages, paperback
They say: 'The basic idea of Zen is to touch the inner workings of our being, and to do this in the most direct way possible.' In this widely praised introduction, Dr D.T. Suzuki presents the nature, technique and practice of Zen with exceptional clarity, wisdom and frankness. A Japanese Zen master who was also a highly respected authority on Mahayana Buddhism and who regularly taught in the USA and Europe, Suzuki was uniquely qualified to explain Zen to an international readership. Zen is described by the author as the keystone of Oriental culture. This book is essential reading for all Zen students and for everyone who wishes to understand the psychology of the Far East.
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After finishing the book, I felt frustrated that I had found such difficulty in understanding what I was reading. However, after pondering my feelings and reactions to the book for some time, I suddenly had a breakthrough. It is now my belief that this understanding/not understanding is probably the essence of Zen, once we have full understanding, Zen is no longer present.
I feel very much that it is actually almost impossible to put into the printed word an explanation of Zen which will be understood by everyone. Zen is within us and we each experience it in our own individual way. An interesting book which needs some dedication to complete.