Manual of Zen Buddhism

The Manual of Zen Buddhism, written by author and essayist Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, is a work that was instrumental and spreading far eastern philosophy to the west. As stated by the author, the object of this book, is to inform the reader of the various literary materials relating to the monastery life. Foreign students often express their desire to know about what the Zen monk reads before the Buddha in his daily service, where his thoughts move in his leisure hours, and what objects of worship he has in the different quarters of his institution. This work will satisfy their desire.

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By Graham (Victoria, BC, Canada) · July 15, 2008
Approaching the Masters with humility and respect.: MANUAL OF ZEN BUDDHISM by D. T. Suzuki. 192 pp. London : Rider and Company, 1974 (1950) and Reprinted.

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was no ordinary man. A Buddhist scholar, and proficient not only in Chinese and Japanese, but also in Sanskrit, Pali, Ti...

By cras (Saint Louis, MO) · ★★★★☆ · January 11, 2015
critical metaphysics. ...more
By Joe (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 03, 2010
I felt this book started off rather slowly with the Indian Sutras and whatnot. They were a little to imaginative and difficult for me to digest. However, once it got into the Ch'an masters, it became quite a boost to the soul. Some of the art and explanations on Japanese Zen, later in the book, w... ...more
By Jenna (Mountain View, CA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · May 31, 2009
TORTURE! I don't think religion should be so abstract and mystical. Good grief this was hard to understand. I've known wonderful Buddhists in my life, but this manual? Not accessible for me. I think religion should be accessible. ...more
By Christopher (San Diego, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · October 20, 2011
Despite the title, not really a manual, and not the right book for the complete novice.

By Jason (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · July 27, 2011
A great reference book for important Zen writings. ...more
By Elie (Lebanon) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 30, 2011
very rough around the edges. ...more