Buddhist modernist traditions have also been characterized as being "detraditionalized," often being presented in a way that occludes their historical construction.In his view, Zen embodies the ultimate essence of all philosophy and religion. Worth reading but it requires a previous knowledge and understanding of some concepts and terms. In India, the tradition of the mendicant holy beggar, bhikku in Pali prevailed, but in China social circumstances led to the development of a temple and training-center system in which the abbot and the monks all performed mundane tasks. To question such accounts was to admit one did not "get it", to distance oneself even further from the goal of achieving what Suzuki termed the "Zen enlightenment experience". As a response to the modernisation of Japan and the persecution of Buddhism, the shin bukkyo, or "New Buddhism", came into existence. It seems like a beginners guide to Zen, but it's not. Carus himself had written a book offering an insight into, and overview of, Buddhism, titled The Gospel of Buddha. Suzuki, whose most cherished methodology seems to have been to describe some aspect of Zen as beyond ordinary explanation, then offer a suitably incomprehensible story or two by way of illustration. This work covers a "description of the Meditation Hall and its life". Suzuki attributed it to Zen. It emphasizes the uniqueness of the Japanese people. Perhaps I had the right idea in the first place, where so many of the examples Suzuki writes about rely on not knowing, unpracticing, or at least not holding on to one objective truth but incl When I first found out that one of the essays in this collection the first one, it turns out refers to the paradoxical "mountain is a mountain Obviously, Suzuki's approach captured the imaginations of generations of readers.
Moore said: Suzuki in his later years was not just a reporter of Zen, not just an expositor, but a significant contributor to the development of Zen and to its enrichment. Studies[ edit ] Still a professor of Buddhist philosophy in the middle decades of the 20th century, Suzuki wrote introductions and overall examinations of Buddhism, and particularly of the Zen school.
New York: University Books, Suzuki was among the first to bring research on the Myokonin to audiences outside Japan as well.
Perhaps I had the right idea in the first place, where so many of the examples Suzuki writes about rely on not knowing, unpracticing, or at least not holding on to one objective truth but including others that cancel out the one truth most religions insist upon. Suzuki: A Zen Life Remembered.
Reprinted by Shambhala Publications. Where the prajna functions ; Upaya "skilful means" ; The bodhisattva and the sravaka ; Sunyata seen but not realized ; Some of the significant opposites -- Recapitulation.