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May 17, 2005

D.T. Suzuki and the Art of Zen

I've been very focused on Zen Buddhism this weekend. My tireless efforts have produced two quality entries to the growing list of LearnOutLoud.com awesomeness. The first page I want to mention is the new author entry for D.T. Suzuki. He's one of the biggest popularizers of Buddhism in the west. Did your brother come back from college one time and drop words like Koan or Satori without explanation? He probably skimmed one of Suzuki's introductory books and is trying to make you feel inferior. Don't worry, we can help you bone up. Then again, it isn't really Zen to learn something for the sole purpose of retaliating a slight to your ego. Food for thought.

Anyway, this entry ties in with the Zen Buddhism topic page I made yesterday as well. If you are wondering what Zen is about or already have read about it and still don't know what the heck is going on, here's my stab at it. I'm not saying it's perfect, but I don't know how easy it is to really write about zen anyway. It isn't a religion that fits easy description. Nevertheless I will admit I'm personally intrigued and will be adding some of the audio books I found to my must-listen list.