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The spirit of Zen : a way of life, work, and art in the Far East / Alan W. Watts

Main Author Watts, Alan W., 1915-1973 Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Grove Press, cop. 1958 Description 136 p. : il. ; 21 cm ISBN 0-8021-3056-9 CDU 294.3
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Alan Watts's The Spirit of Zen was one of the first books to introduce the basic foundation of Zen Buddhism to English-speaking audiences. This volume still stands as one of the most lucid and concise explanations of the origins and defining principles of Zen, from its beginnings in ancient India and its later transmission to China and Japan, to Watts's revealing portrait of life in a contemporary Japanese Zen monastery. In The Spirit of Zen, Watts describes, in plain language but without robbing the subject of its provocative subtlety, how one can prepare for a life of Zen. He explains the sacrifices and surrenders, the requisite self-control; the baffling set of spiritual exercises known as Koan, which take the form of verbal jigsaw puzzles; the importance of mental discipline; and the need to recognize the futility of mere intellectual haggling -- all necessary steps along the road to Zen. Through text and illustrations, the author examines the tea ceremony, ink-drawing, landscaping, and swordsmanship, all Zen-infused aspects of Japanese life; they give an understanding not only of Zen, but of Eastern culture in general.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface to the Third Edition (p. 11)
  • Preface to the First Edition (p. 12)
  • Preface to the Second Edition (p. 13)
  • Foreword (p. 17)
  • The Origins of Zen (p. 21)
  • The Secret of Zen (p. 46)
  • The Technique of Zen (p. 65)
  • Life in a Zen Community (p. 83)
  • Zen and the Civilization of the Far East (p. 98)
  • Conclusion (p. 121)
  • Illustrations (p. 124)
  • Glossary (p. 131)
  • Bibliography (p. 133)
  • List of Illustrations (p. 135)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Before his death in 1973, Alan Watts was one of the leading Western authorities on Zen religion and philosophy. He lectured extensively at universities such as Harvard, Brandeis, and Columbia and was a favorite on the Chicago and California lecture circuits. Through his groundbreaking use of radio and television, he helped introduce a new audience to the joys of a Zen life. Other books by Alan Watts include Wisdom of Insecurity, Way of Zen, Nature, Man and Woman, and The Meaning of Happiness.

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