"A very enjoyable meditation on the curious thing called 'Zen' —not the Japanese religious tradition but rather the Western cliché of Zen that is embraced in advertising, self-help books, and much more. . . . Yamada, who is both a scholar of Buddhism and a student of archery, offers refreshing insight into Western stereotypes of Japan and Japanese culture, and how these are received in Japan."—Alexander Gardner, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
(Alexander Gardner Buddhadharma
"A powerful critique of the process through which Zen was imported into Western cultures. . . . This is a worthy addition to the literature."
About the Author
Shoji Yamada is associate professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. Earl Hartman is a professional translator and technical writer based in California.