Zen for Americans

Zen for Americans

Zen Master Soyen Shaku's vivid explanations of Buddist beliefs are published together with the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters. This Sutra was the first collection of Buddha's sayings to be introduced from India into the Far East.

These lectures, plus essays written later e3specially for Americans, draw Westerners into the Zen frame of mind. Reading his description of the Buddhist idea of God, of Karma, or of reincarnation, is like resting in a Japanese garden: there are no excesses, every feature blesses you with radiant tranquillity.

Zen Master Soyen Shaku is a powerful, poetical writer who inspires simplicity and ease of movement in all our thinking and doing. He is a Zen Master who will not baffle you or bore you.


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