Overview for Essays in Zen Buddhism: Second Series
Zen Buddhism is a unique school of spiritual development which uses many systems of philosophy, psychology and ethics in the course of its own technique of 'Sudden Enlightenment'.
This volume contains the Second Series of the author’s famous Essays in Zen Buddhism, including those on the Koan, the Secret Message of Bodhidharma, and Passivity in the Buddhist Life.
In this Second Series of Zen Essays, the chief stress has been placed on the study of ‘The Koan Exercise’, which at present constitutes almost the alpha and omega of Zen discipline, especially as it is practiced in the Rinzai School of the Zen sect. The koan technique is full of pitfalls, but its development was inevitable, and without it Zen might not have survived. My study of the koan exercise as presented in this Series is not a very complete one, but I hope I have given the reader a general idea of what it is. I further hope that the psychologist and the philosopher will take up this study as facts of experience specifically developed in the Far-eastern mind.