Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki was a key figure in the introduction of Buddhism to the non-Asian world. Many outside of Japan encountered Buddhism for the first time. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki is an eloquent international spokesman for one of these traditions: the Japanese variant of Buddhism known as Zen. A widely traveled. Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, the Japanese Way of Wisdom and Compassion. Feb 12, by Daisetz T. Suzuki.


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He travelled and lectured at universities in daisetsu teitaro suzuki United States and Europe during the s and died in Kamakura on July 12,leaving numerous unpublished manuscripts.

Author:Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Suzuki's writings were not descriptive studies of Buddhism or Zen. He was a constructive thinker who wrote out of his own experience and who treated Buddhism as if it had an unchanging essence which was mystical daisetsu teitaro suzuki irrational or transrational.


He intended daisetsu teitaro suzuki introduce Zen to the West as a nonhistorical paradox beyond all categories of rational thought. Though his writings often include metaphysical discussions, Suzuki denied all theoretical moorings.

Since Zen has historically emphasized technique more than philosophy zenmeans "meditation"Suzuki's emphasis was not unfounded.

Born the fourth son to a Daisetsu teitaro suzuki caste family, his family lost their privileges in the late 19th century.

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Daisetsu teitaro suzuki a result, he pursued a more philosophical view of life studying at Japanese universities, and later at multiple monasteries. His presence can be felt in the first English translations of Eastern classics like the Tao Te King and works of Mahayana Buddhism which established his reputation in the United States by He resumed his Zen studies at Kamakura inreaching satori illumination under daisetsu teitaro suzuki tutelage of the great master, Soyen Shaku.

During World War II, many of his books were destroyed and became difficult to find amidst a world at total war.

A widely traveled Japanese scholar, Suzuki taught in that country's university system, translated several Eastern philosophical works into English, and corresponded widely with Christian contemplatives such as Thomas Merton.

Through his books and lectures, Suzuki became Zen's leading voice in Daisetsu teitaro suzuki during the midth century. His Introduction to Daisetsu teitaro suzuki Buddhism, published innot only offers an overview of the historical background of Zen philosophy and practice, but succeeds in conveying something of its seemingly inexpressible essence.


It is not a religion in the sense that the daisetsu teitaro suzuki is popularly understood; for Zen has no God to worship, no ceremonial rites to observe, no future abode to which the dead are destined, and, last of all, Zen has no soul whose welfare is to be looked after by somebody else and whose immortality is a matter of intense concern with some people.

Zen is free from all these dogmatic and "religious" encumbrances. As to all those images of various Daisetsu teitaro suzuki and Bodhisattvas and Devas and other beings that one comes across in Zen temples, they are like so many pieces of wood or stone or metal; they are like camellias, azaleas, or stone lanterns in my garden.

Make obeisance to the camellia now in full bloom, and worship it if you like, Zen would say. There is as much religion in so doing as in bowing to the various Buddhist gods, or as sprinkling holy water, or as participating in the Lord's Supper.

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All those pious deeds considered to be meritorious or sanctifying by most so-called religiously minded people are artificialities in the eyes of Zen. It boldly declares that "the immaculate Yogins do not enter Nirvana and the precept-violating monks do not go to hell". This, to ordinary minds, is a contradiction of the common law of moral life, but herein lies the truth and the life of Zen.

In the essay, Suzuki bases his argument in favor of zazen practice on the then important theory of emotion, still known as the James-Lange theory of emotion, that was put forth independently by William James in an essay, "What Is an Emotion," and the following year by the Danish psychologist Carl Lange.

According to the James-Lange theory, the physical changes that were commonly believed to be the result of an emotion daisetsu teitaro suzuki rather the emotion itself, or, as James famously wrote in his essay, "we feel sorry because we cry, angry daisetsu teitaro suzuki we strike, afraid because we tremble.

All footnotes in this daisetsu teitaro suzuki are by the editor RMJ of this volume. It is truly at the limit of the lamentable that it has reached the point where not even a trace of the visage of the feudal warriors of old can be recognized in them. Consequently, those of clear intentions aim to create a path to rescue [the youth] based on the power of religion, or the revival of the morality of Confucius and Mencius from former days, or ethical theories that daisetsu teitaro suzuki been tempered by the iron hammer of recent science, or through the distinctive Japanese love of country that has been tempered by and compounded with Western-style nationalism.

In truth, there is no doubt that preventing the current decay of the youth and cultivating healthy character are of the greatest urgency.