A First Zen Reader
When Zen Buddhism crossed from China to Japan in the twelfth century, it entered a phase of development that was not only to inspire a magnificent range of artistic achievement but also to exert a tremendous influence upon Japanese life itself and, eventually, to bring to the attention of the West a religious philosophy both unique and challenging in its power. 'Yet,' as one of the contributors to 'A First Zen Reader' expresses it, 'If asked what Zen is, to reply is very difficult.' It is the purpose of this anthology to suggest an approach to such a reply.
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