This is part II of the 2-part series of history of Zen. Part one is on India and China. But after looking wearily at more than 500 pages for each volume, I delved right on volume 2 first and let volume 1 sits prettily on my non-virtual bookshelf for the time being! heh-heh! The book delivers what it says: history. It is really, really well-documented and covers not only the introduction of Zen in Japan, but also all the major schools, the lineage, Zen in Japanese culture, and also talks about how it developed through diffirent historical periods. Certain leading figures are also discussed. Admittedly, I don't expect to read *every* word in this book! At least not after I graduate, whenever it would be! I think I'd just go right to the Rinzai Zen part because they are the warrior zen and may be perhaps look up some important figures. I may also spend time lingering on the Kamakura and Muromachi period, which I think may yield some interesting development, if my hypothesis is right. What is my hypothesis? You have to read my dissertation for that! hee hee hee