xv, 241p., B/W Photos, Bib., 18 cm. (First pub. in 1949)
CONTENTS:- 1. Beyond the Intellect 2. The Birth of Zen Buddhism 3. The Nature of Zen Buddhism 4. In Search of Zen 5. The Fruits of Zen 6. But what is Zen? 7. Zen Technique 8. Satori 9. The Results of Satori 10. Zen in English Literature 11. Zen for the West 12. Let's Try it!
Zen is the essence and value of life, that which makes life worth living. Being that which uses and discards all forms, whether of thought, words or material substance, it cannot be described in material form. Yet "to get it across" some form is necessary, and in this book which is not merely about Zen but which attempts to transfer the life of Zen to the receptive reader, a style must be devised for the occasion. To this end the author has fashioned a mixture of the flippant and the deadly serious, the rational and the irrational. It leads the reader's mind to the precipice which lies between the highest thought and the humblest truth and then, by a jerk or a joke, tries to push it over.