An unbroken, nearly ten-year run of this valuable record of early Zen activity in the U.S.
The First Zen Institute was founded in 1930 by Sokeian Sasaki (1882-1945), the first Zen master to settle permanently in the U.S. Sasaki was instrumental in introducing Zen to this country (Alan Watts was an early pupil). When he died shortly after his release from the internment camp at Ellis Island following WW2, his student Mary Farkas was among those who continued his work. In 1954, Farkas began publishing ZEN NOTES, and continued for another ten years. Though each issue was brief, the periodical functioned as an important early conduit between Buddhist practitioners in the States. Additionally noteworthy for an early appearance by Gary Snyder; "Anyone with Yama-Bushi Tendancies," a short essay on his summer spent in a National Forest Service fire-tower appears in the Nov. 1954 issue and anticipates the themes and subjects of his first verse collection, RIPRAP. This boxed edition was likely assembled for ZEN NOTES' 10th anniversary (it's the second such set we've handled). Individual issues remain scarce. Runs, especially early ones, are rare.
Read more: McNeil, Gary Snyder: A Bibliography, C15.
New York: First Zen Institute of America, 1954-1964. Most issues single legal-sized leaves folded in half. Some stapled wraps. 114 issues in all: Vol. 1, No. 1 through Vol. 10, No. 6. All issues near fine or better. Housed in two handsome handmade Japanese paper clamshell-style boxes (as issued). Boxes worn, about very good with some splitting.
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