Zen and Oriental Art

Zen and Oriental Art

Zen and Oriental Art

Zen and Oriental Art

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This book represents an attempt to explore the relationship between Zen Buddhism and the visual arts in traditional China and Japan and in the world of today. Though many authors have suggested that such a relationship does exist, most of them have failed to document their contention. The present study has tried to be as detailed as possible, pointing to actual influences and referring to specific works of art. No such undertaking would have been possible without the contributions of Daisetz Suzuki, the famous Zen abbot, and Alan W. Watts, the Western world's chief interpreter of Zen, to both of whom the author wishes to express his indebtedness.

Thanks are also due to the museums, Buddhist temples, and private collectors who were generous enough to permit the reproduction of their works and the photographers who supplied the pictures. Furthermore, the author wishes to express his indebtedness to the writers quoted in the text, to Miss Mioko Onchi, who helped secure illustrative material in Japan, and above all to his wife who, as on many previous occasions, went over the manuscript with infinite care and offered many helpful suggestions.

HUGO MUNSTERBERG

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