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An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

a book review

product linkAn Introduction to Zen Buddhism
authorD. T. Suzuki
date reviewed1999.08.07
genrePhilosophy
isbn0802130550

For a variety of reasons, I've been attempting to learn something of Buddhism over the last few years. I picked this small book up for two reasons: it had a number of raving reviews, and it had a forward by noted 19th C. Western philospher Carl Jung.

What I thought would be an introduction to Zen Buddhism instead seemed like an apologia for a Christian audience. The series of difficult articles assembled here seem to point to the mysterious nature of Zen as its strength, and then attempts to draw analogies to Christianity. This might be a worth-while endeavour, but it certainly isn't an introduction to Zen Buddhism that I could follow.

If anyone out there has some better sources along those lines, send me a note.

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If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

—Roald Dahl