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Zen and Japanese Culture

by Daisetz T. Suzuki

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One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is 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 what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of Zen in 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 discussion is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.… (more)

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One of the leading twentieth-century works on Zen, this book is a valuable source for those wishing to understand Zen concepts in the context of Japanese life and art. In simple, often poetic, language, Daisetz Suzuki describes what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of Zen in 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 discussion is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.
  PSZC | Dec 12, 2019 |
If there is one Suzuki to have on your shelf it is this one. ( )
1 vote signature103 | May 14, 2008 |
When I was practising aikido, I must have read this book about twenty times. ( )
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Zasigurno najvažnije delo o zenu u dvadesetom veku, ova knjiga je vredan izvor za one koji žele da razumeju položaj i značaj zena u okviru japanskog načina života i japanske umetnosti.

Daisec Suzuki jednostavnim i poetičnim jezikom objašnjava šta je zen (i šta nije) i kako je pomagao uobličavanju estetičkih osnova japanske kulture. On razjašnjava čudnovatu ulogu zena u filozofiji samuraja, suptilno portretišuči odnose između zena i mačevalaštva, haiku poezije, čajne ceremonije, konfucijanizma i ljubavi prema prirodi. Daisec Teitaro Suzuki, najveći autoritet za zen budizam, autor je više od stotinu knjiga i radova na tu temu. Živeo je 95 godina, aktivan do poslednjeg časa. Prijateljevao je i sa takvim znamenitim ličnostima kao što su Karl Gustav Jung, Erih From, Martin Hajdeger, Karl Jaspers, Arnold Tojnbi, i veoma uticao na njih. Herbert Riđ ga je okarakterisao kao „spoj nevinosti deteta i svetosti sveca".
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One of this century's leading works on Zen, this book is 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 what Zen is, how it evolved, and how its emphasis on primitive simplicity and self-effacement have helped to shape an aesthetics found throughout Japanese culture. He explores the surprising role of Zen in 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 discussion is enhanced by anecdotes, poetry, and illustrations showing silk screens, calligraphy, and examples of architecture.
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