Zen Culture

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  • Title: Zen Culture
  • Author: Thomas Hoover
  • ISBN: 9780140191639
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Random House, 1977 Zen History, Zen, Haiku, Ceramics, Archery, Landscape Garden, Stone Garden, Ink Landscape Scroll, Zen Architecture, Sword, Katana, No Theater, Noh Theater, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Flower arranging, Ikebana, Zen Ceramic Art, Raku, Shino, Ryoanji ji

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    1. Anyone who examines the Zen arts is immediately struck by how modern they seem. The ceramics of 16th-century Zen artists could be interchanged with the rugged pots of our own contemporary crafts movement; ancient calligraphies suggest the monochromes of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning; the apparent nonsense and illogic of Zen parables (and No theater and Haiku poetry) established the limitations of language long before the theater of the absurd; 400-year-old Zen architecture seems to be a copy [...]

    2. A comprehensive and accessible read on what I find to be a thoroughly intriguing subject. This book examines the way that Zen found a fertile home in the mind and hearts of the Japanese people. And how those very same people helped to bring new form and thought to the religion itself.I found it to be a fascinating read, which was hard to pull away from until the very last page. The chapter on the tea ceremony was a personal favorite.Though no one book could truly cover every facet of this subjec [...]

    3. Very interesting book about the influence of Zen on Japanese art and culture, giving also a good idea about Buddhism zen in general.I recommend it especially for those interested in art, architecture and zen.

    4. Divine when you have The ability to Fall in Love with gardens, flowers and The General virtues of Zen Discipline and Simplicity in The Same way your passions can be Fired Up in The Concept of Romantic Love. Those who can see beauty in the simplicities of everyday day to day, will always hold the the pure joy of simple pleasure's in their hearts. While this book is so intensely in its descriptions it's a pure delight for every zen lover. ❤️

    5. Very interesting book but struggled as I'm not familiar with Japanese words or history so there was a lot to take in.Dealing with a very visual subject but very few photos (and those that were included were very small), could've done with pictures in the text and diagrams of things like the gardens.

    6. This is a perfect book for anyone interested in the history and influence of Zen Culture. On page vii Hoover introduces his work with a quotation from Sohaku Ogata’s “Zen for the West” which explains:“Throughout the entire Far East of China, Korea, and Japan, we see the system of a unique culture which originated in the sixth century, reached its meridian in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and began to decline in the seventeenth century, but which is still kept up in Japan even i [...]

    7. I did not go out of my way to find this book, I was just flicking through my kindle store looking for something different to read and I saw this I was intrigued so I downloaded it not really knowing what to expect, unsure if I was going to enjoy it. Sometimes we just have to pick up a book that we wouldn't normally look at and it turns out that I enjoyed it.

    8. Just a great little book about zen--where it came from, how it evolved, who the major players were, etc. . . . seasoned generously with poems, photos, and paintings throughout. For a novice like myself, I came away from Mr. Hoover's work with a greater understanding and appreciation of zen culture. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about zen.

    9. A fascinating introduction to how Zen ideas influenced Japanese culture over the centuries. The book is accessible, broad in scope, and demonstrates genuine respect and understanding of the topics being discussed. Having lived in Japan and been fascinated by aspects of the culture like ceramics and the tea ceremony for a number of years, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

    10. I enjoyed this book, it's a good overview of the philosophy of zen and its impact on various art forms including pottery, gardening, plus archery, etc.


    12. An intriguing and comprehensive introduction to how the Zen philosophy has influenced and shaped Japanese culture through exploring different aspects of the culture.

    13. Thomas Hoover takes a comprehensive look at how Zen philosophy has created the modern Japan we see today. Not a bad book, but at times rather dull.

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