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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

One of many world’s prime gurus on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki was once the writer of greater than 100 works at the topic in either eastern and English, and was once such a lot instrumental in bringing the lessons of Zen Buddhism to the eye of the Western global. Written in a full of life, obtainable, and easy demeanour, An creation to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the intense pupil and layperson alike. Suzuki presents an entire imaginative and prescient of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment via many platforms of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword by way of the well known psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this quantity has been in general said a vintage creation to the topic for a few years. It offers, in addition to Suzuki’s Essays and handbook of Zen Buddhism, a framework for dwelling a balanced and fulfilled life via Zen.

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Happiness? . What is love? What’s happening inside of me? ” When you ask yourself this 32 i If the Buddha Married question, go slowly, imagining your mind, memory, and perceptions dissolving into thin air. You may feel yourself going blank or dropping back into an empty space, because without mind, memory, and perceptions, we have no words for our experience. It’s just whatever is happening in the moment. You might remember an experience that was so rich and amazing that you didn’t want to talk about it or dull the wonder of it by reducing it to words.

While some found an easy fit in their early years, others didn’t find a cohesive, validating group until late teens, college, or much later . . or, perhaps, never. For some, the idea of being true to oneself had already been submerged beneath strict indoctrination in a rigid set of beliefs and behaviors that was used as a measure of loyalty to parents. Instead of evolving our own beliefs and values based on experience and observations, we swallowed what we were taught and it became fixed inside us.

Conversely, if our thoughts and beliefs are porous and formless like clouds, and not identified with the self, we can look into the eyes of our beloved and, resonating with all our senses, see beneath the surface and into his or her heart and spirit. 30 i If the Buddha Married Instead of clinging to beliefs and opinions, if you begin to question whether they are essential to one’s comprehension of life, then . . one begins to dissolve one’s own resistances, which cause conflict and pain. —J. Krishnamurti, THE BOOK OF LIFE It is so hard for a Western mind to get beyond itself, and realize that connection and spirit are embedded in experience, not in concepts and ideas.

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