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Sengai: The Zen of Ink and Paper

Suzuki, Daisetz T.

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ISBN 10: 1570624895 / ISBN 13: 9781570624896
Published by Shambhala Pubns, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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Copy has single name inked on the 1st title page, light shelf wear, tiny rubbing nicks on the tips of corners. Originally publised by New York Graphic Society in 1971 under the title - Sengai: The Zen Master, this is the 1st edition, 1st printing of the Shambhala Edition - with editorial and prefatory notes by Eva van Hoboken, Sazo Idemitsu, Basil Gray, and Herbert Read. Original introduction by Suzuki, IX ink drawings and calligraphies related to Sengai's life at the temples followed by 119 ink drawings and calligraphies; explanatory notes by Shokin Furuka. xviii/191pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 003360

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Title: Sengai: The Zen of Ink and Paper

Publisher: Shambhala Pubns, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing - Collector's

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Gibbon Sengai (1750 1837) was known for his humor and unorthodox teaching style. A Zen master of the Rinzai school, he was also one of the most illustrious artists Japan has ever produced, known throughout the world for his calligraphies and paintings. Sengai went through years of hard monastery training before being elected abbot of Shofukuji, Japan's oldest Zen temple. Calligraphy and drawing became his primary modes of teaching and expression.

Here are one hundred twenty-eight black-and-white reproductions of his work, selected and explained by the Zen scholar D. T. Suzuki. The commentary explains each piece of art, its context, and the Zen teaching it exemplifies. First appearing posthumously in 1971 (New York Graphic Society edition), Sengai is Dr. Suzuki's last published book—and it is said that he considered it to be the culmination of his work.

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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (1870–1966) was one of the primary modern interpreters of Zen for the West. He is the author of many books, among them Manual of Zen Buddhism, Essays in Zen Buddhism, and Zen in Japanese Culture.

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