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So far as I know, no book is written on Zen in English or in any other European language, except The Sermons of aB uddhist A bbot, byS hakuS o-yen. Since its foundation some fourteen hundred years ago, no author inC hina or Japan has undertaken a systematic explanation of it, owing to the fact that it is believed to have a hidden meaning entirely beyond expression. Besides, there are difficulties which baffle every attempt of its expositors, because almost all the doctrinal works of old masters are metrical or enigmatical, and not only vague in meaning, but often mere jargon even to professional students. As for myself, I have stated the doctrine, so far as I understand it, in plainest language, avoiding its technical terms. I regret not a little that I have not been able to give in detail references to the books on which my exposition is based. Travelling round the world, I have left my books in Japan, and have written mostly from memory; nevertheless, I have done my best to give the reader correct information. With regard to the Japanese books on Zen referred to in the text, I have not given the names of the publishers. But all such works can be found atM oriye Book-shop, A zabu, Tokyo ;or at A sakura Book-shop, A sakusa, Tokyo.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org