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Zen for Americans: Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot (Forgotten Books)


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Book Description:

"This is a book of essays by a Zen Buddhist Abbot who visited the United States in 1905-6, translated by another figure who was instrumental in introducing Buddhism to the West, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. Originally titled Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot, it has been reprinted in numerous editions as Zen for Americans and is currently in print under that title.

The book includes a translation of The Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters, which was the first Buddhist document translated into Chinese, and which had a huge influence on the development of Zen. Many of the essays are introductions to various Buddhist topics for Christians, and all of them are ideal for a general audience. The two essays which close out the book which discuss the Buddhist attitude towards war and peace, and are of historical interest because they were referenced by Leo Tolstoy in his anti-war declaration." (Quote from

Table of Contents:

Publishers Preface; Translators Preface; The Sutra Of Forty-two Chapters ; The God-conception Of Buddhism ; Assertions And Denials; Immortality ; Buddhist Faith; Buddhist Ethics; What Is Buddhism? ; The Middle Way; The Wheel Of The Good Law; The Phenomenal And The Supraphenomenal ; Reply To A Christian Critic ; Ignorance And Enlightenment; Spiritual Enlightenment; Practise Of Dhyana; Kwannon Bosatz; Buddhism And Oriental Culture ; The Story Of Deer Park ; The Story Of Gem-hunting ; The Sacrifice For A Stanza ; Buddhist view Of War ; At The Battle Of Nan-shan Hill ; An Address Delivered At A Service Held In Memory Of Those Who Died In The Russo-japanese War; Endnotes

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology.

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.

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