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by Soyen Shaku,D. T. Suzuki

Zen master Soyen Shaku's vivid explanations of Buddhist beliefs are published together with the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters.
Download Zen for Americans epub
ISBN: 0880292067
ISBN13: 978-0880292061
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Buddhism
Author: Soyen Shaku,D. T. Suzuki
Language: English
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Co Inc; 1st edition (February 1, 1993)
Pages: 220 pages
ePUB size: 1503 kb
FB2 size: 1682 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Written at the start of the 20th century. Interesting perspective , especially in light of the Russo-Japanese War having been just concluded and the author is from Japan. Quotes of dialogue is done by recollection. As a person who is not Buddhist, I found it helpful in understanding some underlying thought used by other philosophers.
As a person who trains in a lineage descended from Shaku Soen, I can say that this book helped alot in my understanding of my own lineage. In particluar, the expositions on the Dharma-kaya, on death, and on suffering are very well presented. The sections comparing Buddhism to Christianity alone are worth the price of the book.
That said, however, some of the concepts that are presented, in my opinion, are not rendered well in English. Too often the term "monism" is used, which has implications that have been seized upon by people that would rather create a caricature of Buddhism. ("Non-duality"- not two, and not one- is a better rendering). Unfortunately, Suzuki was an early translator, and this is an early translation of Japanese Buddhist ideas.
In addition, we see in this book some of the infusion of Japanese martial spirit that was later to tarnish Japanese Buddhism, and to provide Westerners with an important koan- how to reconcile the Dharma of compassion and respect for all beings with the militant nature espoused here. There is an answer to this koan, to be sure, but you'll only find the question hinted at here.
So, I'd recommend the book heartily, but the reader should also read other works to get a fuller picture- e.g., Brian Victoria's book on Zen at War, as well as Nagarjuna, and other writers.
A good start on zen
A collection of lectures originally delivered to Americans between 1905-1906. Fascinating and clear, sometimes offering an explanation of Christian ideas from a Zen Buddhist take.
Great book on Zen from a great monk talks from 1900's. Amazing that the talks are very relevant today. I am amazed at the quality of insights into Buddhism & other religions. A must read for any Zen student.