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For a Westerner s view of Buddhism, read Alan Watts or Eugen Herrigel for an Easterner s view in English, of course , read D T Suzuki Some other reviewers are saying it s a difficult read It is, at least to the Western, logic based mind Suzuki even says in this book that the book is a condescension, an apology, a compromise, that this present work has been written It is expressly said multiple times in the book that it will not bring you to enlightenment or most likely even to the concept of satori All teaching is treated as a finger pointing to the moon is not the moon itself , in other words, all words in the book and in any Zen related book anywhere are anathema to the realization of Zen, yet they are necessary because language and writing are how we communicate ideas to one another The book, in the true spirit of Zen, treats even ideas as stumbling blocks on the path to enlightenment, but again, they are necessary as moon pointing fingers If you have an interest in Zen or maybe just the deliciously anti European philosophy for lack of a better word to convey a way that is so clearly anti philosophical , read this book Confusing Absolutely Any book on Zen had better be It is a rejection, or rather a replacement, of all things Western, logical, intellectual, and so on But most importantly Suzuki is well acquainted with the traps that will naturally befall any logical mind as it reads through this book and he does a fantastic job walking one through it After having finished this book, I m amazed he even attempted to write it, let alone the literal volumes of other words he has done, which I am dying to start It like trying to describe blue to a blind person or the sound of a violin to a deaf person, and this attitude of anxious communication, that he desperately wants to properly convey something so fundamentally incommunicable to the reader bleeds through the pages and helps reinforce and motivate what some might otherwise find twisting and convoluted Finally, it does what it says on the label it s an introduction to Zen Buddhism. [[ Free E-pub ]] ⇛ An Introduction to Zen Buddhism ⇲ One Of The World S Leading Authorities On Zen Buddhism, D T Suzuki Was The Author Of Than A Hundred Works On The Subject In Both Japanese And English, And Was Most Instrumental In Bringing The Teachings Of Zen Buddhism To The Attention Of The Western World Written In A Lively, Accessible, And Straightforward Manner, An Introduction To Zen Buddhism Is Illuminating For The Serious Student And Layperson Alike Suzuki Provides A Complete Vision Of Zen, Which Emphasizes Self Understanding And Enlightenment Through Many Systems Of Philosophy, Psychology, And Ethics With A Foreword By The Renowned Psychiatrist Dr Carl Jung, This Volume Has Been Generally Acknowledged A Classic Introduction To The Subject For Many Years It Provides, Along With Suzuki S Essays And Manual Of Zen Buddhism, A Framework For Living A Balanced And Fulfilled Existence Through Zen , 10 The following may serve as a further example A monk once went to Gensha, and wanted to learn where the entrance to the path of truth was Gensha asked him, Do you hear the murmuring of the brook Yes, I hear it, answered the monk There is the entrance, the master instructed him.I will be content with these few examples, which illustrate clearly the opacity of the satori experiences Carl Jung Suzuki clearly distinguishes Zen from other forms of Buddhism and from other religions, especially Christianity He explains why Zen abjures the notion of God Zen is concerned only with the here and now Its discipline is to enable full perception of the total Reality, the reality beyond dualisms Zen is emphatically a matter of personal experience if anything can be called radically empirical, it is Zen No amount of reading, no amount of teaching, no amount of contemplation will ever make one a Zen master Life itself must be grasped in the midst of its flow to stop it for examination and analysis is to kill it, leaving its cold corpse to be embraced. Like Zen and the contents thereof, it s wispy It didn t get good until the end when DT discusses satori, which is the crux of this work, but upon my second reading I do see that you need to build up to it The whole thing is cryptic, but that s inevitable when you try to expound on Zen To summarize everything you can t talk about Zen because as soon as you start talking about Zen it stops becoming Zen Boom Ineffable. An ethical man performs acts of service which are praiseworthy, but he is all the time conscious of them, and, over, he may often be thinking of some future reward Hence we should say that his mind is tainted and not at all pure, however objectively or socially good his deeds are Zen abhors this Life is an art, and like perfect art it should be self forgetting there ought not to be any trace of effort or painful feeling Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air or as a fish swims in the water As soon as there are signs of elaboration, a man is doomed, he is no a free being You are not living as you ought to live, you are suffering under the tyranny of circumstances you are feeling a constraint of some sort, and you lose your independence D.T Suzuki As to attaining the goal and taking hold of the thing itself, this must be done by one s own hands, for nobody else can do it for one D.T Suzuki I allowed my mind without restraint to think of what it pleased, and my mouth to talk about whatever it pleased I then forgot whether this and not this was mine or others , whether the gain or loss was mine or others nor did I know whether Lao shang shih was my teacher and Pa kao was my friend In and out, I was thoroughly transformed and then it was that the eye became like the ear, and the ear like the nose, and the nose like the mouth and there was nothing that was not identified As the mind became concentrated, the form dissolved, the bones and flesh all thawed away I did not know upon what my frame was supported, or where my feet were treading I just moved along with the wind, east or west, like a leaf of a tree detached from its stem I was unconscious whether I was riding on the wind, or the wind riding on me Resshi Lieh tzu Short but very dense I m not sure if it s because this was written many years ago, or because DT Suzuki just has a very formal writing style, but I found it really hard to read Eventually I resorted to reading just a few pages at a time, as a kind of daily dose of zen For that it was pretty good he packs in a lot of good anecdotes, koans, and stories into each chapter And one thing skip Jung s introduction it s even difficult to read than Suzuki s prose at its worst. This was assigned reading for the Senior Seminar capstone course for Religious Studies majors at Grinnell College It is basically an introduction to Rinzai Zen Buddhism and is constituted by edited essays dating up until 1934.