Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume I: Zen

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0520269195

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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 through his writings and teaching, and for nearly a century his work and legacy have contributed to the ongoing religious and cultural interchange between Japan and the rest of the world, particularly the United States and Europe. Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki gathers the full range of Suzuki’s writings—both classic essays and lesser-known but equally significant articles. This first volume in the series presents a collection of Suzuki’s writings on Zen Buddhist thought and practice. In an effort to ensure the continued relevance of Zen, Suzuki drew on his years of study and practice, placing the tradition into conversation with key trends in nineteenth- and twentieth-century thought. Richard M. Jaffe’s in-depth introduction situates Suzuki’s approach to Zen in the context of modern developments in religious thought, practice, and scholarship. The romanization of Buddhist names and technical terms has been updated, and Chinese and Japanese characters, which were removed from many post–World War II editions of Suzuki’s work, have been reinstated. This will be a valuable edition of Suzuki’s writings for contemporary scholars and students of Buddhism.

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That such a thing should actually take place is a mystery. Some may call it “the mystery of being.” As if from the unfathomable depths of an abyss, the kokoro is stirred. The kokoro wants to know itself. As long as it remains in itself all is quiet: the mountain remains a mountain towering up to the sky; the river flows as a river singing its way down to the ocean. But as soon as a tiny speck of cloud appears in the blue, it in no time spreads out enveloping the whole universe, even vomiting

with that “great humility” which is literally his second name. “Daisetz” was he named by his master, Sōen Rōshi, and such is his outstanding quality today. For this occasion, however, he was persuaded to reveal a little of his early days, and his intensive search for truth. In thanking him for this unique contribution to our special issue, we humbly acknowledge the enormous debt which is owed to him by all in the West who have found inspiration in the way of Zen. My family had been physicians

[Works. Selections. English. 2014] Selected works of D. T. Suzuki / edited by Richard M. Jaffe. volumes    cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Volume 1. Zen.—Volume 2. Pure Land. ISBN 978-0-520-26919-4 (cloth : v. 1) — ISBN 978-0-520-26893-7 (cloth : v. 2) — ISBN 978-0-520-95961-3 (ebook : v. 1) — ISBN 978-0-520-95962-0 (ebook : v. 2) 1. Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro, 1870–1966—Translations into English.    2. Zen Buddhism.    I. Jaffe, Richard M., 1954– editor of

that we think with our head, but states [instead] that we think with our whole body. Therefore, you should be aware that when we practice zazen, not only do the cells in the gray matter in the cranium undergo chemical transformations, but the whole body’s muscular mechanism, and so on, also all expend some energy. Whatever the academicians may say on this subject aside, when one constantly focuses all one’s attention in the brain alone, incurable afflictions of the brain will arise; moreover,

of Zen, particularly through his textual and philological research on Dunhuang Chan texts and his translation of massive amounts of previously untranslated Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit Buddhist literature into English, his main concern was never to provide an objective historical analysis of the Chan-Zen tradition, either for his domestic or for his foreign readers. In both Japanese and English, Suzuki argued that there were two approaches to the study of Zen: objective-historical and

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