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Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

 

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

 

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

 

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki:

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism.

Kyoto: The Eastern Buddhist Society, Showa IX. (1934).

Octavo. 188 x 124 mm. [7], [1 blank], 152, [1], [1 blank], 8 pp. (index).

Original black cloth. Spine and upper cover gilt with title.

Contents: Preface - Preliminary - What is Zen? - Is Zen Nihilistic? - Illogical Zen - Zen a Higher Affirmation - Practical Zen - Satori, or Acquiring a New Viewpoint - The Koan - The Meditation Hall and the Monk’s Life - Index.
¶ A dedication copy with handwritten inscription by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki on the upper flyleaf: “To Count Hermann | Keyserling | with the regards of | the author | Kamakura, July (?) '38”. Below Keyserling’s (1880 – 1946) remark: „Gelesen Januar-März 1939 | abends“.

Corners and ends of spine slightly bumped, edges slightly foxed, lower cover stained, new additional endpapers; otherwise good.

First edition.

 

Als Anhängsel zwei wichtige Werke Suzukis zum लंकावतारसूत्र, Laṅkāvatārasūtra:

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki:
The Lankavatara Sutra. A Mahayana Text. Translated for the first time from the original Sanskrit.
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1956. Reprint of the 1932 edition.
Octavo. [2 blank], frontispiece, xlix, [1 blank], 300 pp. Seven folding plates with Chinese and Sanskrit texts and translations.
Original brown cloth, gilt title on spine; dust jacket.
“The Lankavatara Sutra is one of the most important Mahayana texts, and the Nepalese Buddhists consider it to be one of the nine canonical texts. The text contains almost all the main ideas, both philosophical and theological, of Mahayana Buddhism. The Yogacara School of Mahayana considers this text to be its fundamental text, as it contains all those ideas of idealism, like Mind-only, store-house-consciousness, which would form the basis of the philosophy of this school” (Suzuki).
¶ Dedication copy with handwritten and signed inscription by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966) on the upper flyleaf: “Dr. Joachim Erbslöh | With the regards of | the translator | Daisetz-T. Suzuki | New York 1957”. Joachim Erbslöh (1909-2006), a German medical scientist, published several works on the psychology of colours.
Second edition. Corners and ends of spine slightly bumped, edges slightly foxed, some marginal rubbing to dust-jacket, otherwise fine.

Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki:
Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra.
London: Routledge & Kegan, 1975.
Octavo. xxxii, 464 pp. One plate.
Original cloth, spine gilt with title.
“The Lankavatara Sutra is one of the most important Mahayana texts, and the Nepalese Buddhists consider it to be one of the nine canonical texts. The text contains almost all the main ideas, both philosophical and theological, of Mahayana Buddhism. The Yogacara School of Mahayana considers this text to be its fundamental text, as it contains all those ideas of idealism, like Mind-only, store-house-consciousness, which would form the basis of the philosophy of this school. As the text is terse, difficult to understand, and complex insofar as the presentation of ideas in concerned, the author has tried his best to explain the basic ideas of the Lankavatara in the context of historical evolution of Buddhism, which culminated in the emergence of Mahayana. In the first part of the book the author has made a textual study of the text in the context of various translations that were carried out in China. Simultaneously the author also has pointed out the impact of the text exerted upon Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, and particularly upon the Zen. In the rest of the book the author has engaged himself in explaining the complex philosophical ideas that are to be found in the text, and how these ideas were made use of by various Buddhist schools. The author also points out the intimate relationship that exists between the Lankavatara and Zen Buddhism. Although not exclusively a Zen text, yet its impact upon Zen cannot be denied. The non-Zen ideas of the text, particularly those pertaining to the Yogacara, have been discussed by the author in the third part of the book. The author has prepared a glossary of Sanskrit terms for the benefit of Chinese and Japanese readers. The book, thus, has been written for all those who are deeply interested in Buddhist thought and philosophy. The Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra is the first attempt ever made at studying systematically the philosophical ideas and religious practices that are to be found in the Lankavatara Sutra. Those interested in Mahayana Buddhism will greatly benefit from the scholarly study of Prof. Suzuki of this important text.”
¶ Contents: Preface Abstracts of studies. - I. An introduction to the study of the Lankavatara Sutra. - II. The Lankavatara Sutra and the teaching of Zen Buddhism: 1. General survey of the principal ideas expounded in the Sutra. 2. A. The intellectual contents of the Buddhist experience. B. The psychology of the Buddhist experience. 3. Life and works of the Bodhisattva. - III. Some of the important theories expounded in the Lankavatara Sutra: 1. The doctrine of mind-only. 2. The conception of no-birth. 3. The triple body of the Buddha. 4. The Tathagata. 5. Other minor subjects. A Sanskrit-Chinese-English glossary.

Ein Abschweifung in modernere Medien, aber sehenswert:
A Zen Life: D. T. Suzuki. The man who introduced Zen Buddhism to the West. A documentary by Michael Goldberg with rare footage of Daisetz Suzuki.
1h 17min, Documentary, 6 September 2006 (USA). About the life & legacy of D. T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966), credited with introducing Zen philosophy to the West. Director: Michael Goldberg, writer: Michael Goldberg, stars: Robert Aitken, Shojun Bando, John Cage, Gary Snyder, et al.

Religion ist langweilig, Zen aber nicht immer:
Janwillem van de Wetering:
Ticket nach Tokio. Kriminalroman. Deutsch von Hubert Deymann.
Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 1979.
Kl.Octavo. 220, [4] Seiten.
Illustrierte schwarze Original-Broschur.
¶ “Sind Sie Buddhist“ fragte der Commisaris. Er glaubte, einen Ton von Ehrerbietung in der Stimme des Daimyo gehört zu haben. „Ob ich Buddhist bin“ fragte der Daimyo und hielt seine Hände mit den Flächen nach oben vor seiner Brust. „WAS würde ich wohl sein? Eine gute Frage. Ich weiß die Antwort nicht. Mein Geist ist benebelt von den zahllosen Gedanken, mit denen ich mich identifiziert habe, und die alle ihre Spuren hinterlassen haben, und man sagt, der Geist des Buddha ist leer, leer und rein, denn Leere ist immer rein“ — p. 203.
Minimale Lesespuren: Rücken mit schwacher Knickspur, sonst schönes Exemplar.
Erste deutsche Ausgabe, vom Autor auf dem Titel signiert. rororo 2483.
Umschlag
Signatur Van de Wetering