Spirit of Zen A Way of Life, Work and Art in the Far East

ISBN-10: 0802130569
ISBN-13: 9780802130563
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Alan W. Watts
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Description: Originally published in 1936 and later revised in 1954 and 1958, Alan Watt'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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/14/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Originally published in 1936 and later revised in 1954 and 1958, Alan Watt'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, down to Mr. Watts's revealing portrait of the life in a contemporary Japanese Zen monastery.

Alan Wilson Watts was born in England in 1915. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois. Watts was an editor, minister, professor, graduate school dean, and research fellow of Harvard University. Watts has written over twenty books, primarily concerned with Eastern thought and Zen Buddhism in the West. He has lectured at colleges and universities as well, and created more than 500 radio talks which have been taped and circulated among non-profit and educational organizations. Watts died in 1973.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Foreword
The Origins of Zen
The Secret of Zen
The Technique of Zen
Life in a Zen Community
Zen and the Civilization of the Far East
Conclusion
Illustrations
Glossary
Bibliography
List of Illustrations

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