This is volume 12 of a series of studies on World Perspectives, the purpose of each of which is to ""set forth the interrelation of the changing religions, scientific, artistic, political, economic and social influences upon man's total experience. The series seeks to re-examine all those sides of human endeavor which the specialist was taught he could safely leave aside"". With such a wide canvas, it became necessary to examine mysticism, and to study the mystical aspects of both Oriental and Christian religions. For such a task no one would be found more qualified than Mr. Suzuki. Born in Japan, he has written a number of books on Buddhism, has traveled widely and lectured at American Universities, including Columbia, where he is lecturing at present. In dealing with the essentials of mysticism, the author has taken as examples the Zen Buddhism of the East, and the Christian reflection of Meister Eckhart. He shows how the Chinese sage and the German philosopher meet on common ground. He describes Shin Buddhism in a second section, and shows that this mystical insight also has much in common with Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism. The last part of the book is a selection of writings of the Japanses. The work is scholarly and authoritative, and therefore its appeal is chiefly to serious students of philosophy and religion.