An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

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Cover to 1991 Grove Press edition
Author D.T. Suzuki
Country Japan
Genre non-fiction
Published 1934 (Eastern Buddhist Society)
Media type Print
Pages 130
ISBN 0-8021-3055-0 (1991 edition)
OCLC 23975828
294.3/927 20
LC Class BQ9265.4 .S95 1991

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism is a non-fiction book on Zen Buddhism written by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki published in 1934 in Kyoto by the Eastern Buddhist Society. Soon published in other nations and languages, with an added preface by Carl Jung, the book has come to be regarded as "one of the most influential books on Zen in the West".[1]

Overview[edit]

The book grew out of Suzuki's 1914 publications for the Japanese journal New East. Although the editor, Robertson Scott, suggested that Suzuki publish them in book form, he did not decide to do so until after the 1927 publication of his book Zen Essays, which he decided would be "too heavy" as an introduction to Zen for beginners.[2] Suzuki intended the resultant volume, 1934's An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, to be used as a companion with the contemporaneously published Manual of Zen Buddhism.[2]

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Release details[edit]

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism was published in 1934 in Kyoto by the Eastern Buddhist Society.[3] The Marshall Jones Company of Boston oversaw first publication in the United States. The 1939 German language edition was published with a preface by Carl Jung.[4] In 1949, the book was reprinted in London and New York with Jung's preface, translated by Constance Rolfe, included.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong Kiew Kit (2002). Complete Book of Zen. Tuttle Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 0-8048-3441-5. 
  2. ^ a b Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro (1991). An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (reissue ed.). Grove Press. p. 7. ISBN 0-8021-3055-0. 
  3. ^ Sakanishi, Shio (1937). "review". Journal of the American Oriental Society (American Oriental Society) 57 (4): 445. JSTOR 594535. 
  4. ^ "D.T.Suzuki: Zen Pilgrim to the West". ABC Online. 19 August 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ Bernstein, David W.; Christopher Hatch (2001). Writings through John Cage's music, poetry, and art. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-04408-4.