“Thomas Hoover has a considerable gift for expressing his appreciation and understanding of various arts associated with Zen. . . . These are deftly treated, with a concise synopsis of the historical development of each; and together Hoover’s discussions provide an excellent introduction to the aesthetics of Japanese culture.”--Kirkus Reviews
thetics of Japanese Architecture
The No Theater
Part III: The Rise of Popular Zen Culture: 1573 to the Present
Bourgeois Society and Later Zen
The Tea Ceremony
Zen Ceramic Art
Zen and Haiku
Private Zen: Flowers and Food
The Lessons of Zen Culture
Zen Culture and the Counter Mind
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.
Pre-Buddhist clay figure (haniwa)
The Zen tradition extends back some fifteen hundred years to a wandering Indian teacher of meditation named Bodhidharma. As Indian gurus are fond of doing, Bodhidharma left his homeland and journeyed abroad, following what was in those days a well-beaten trail to China. Upon reaching Nanking, he paused to visit the Chinese Emperor Wu, a man known to be a particularly devout
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