Influential Past Teachers

Articles for Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Setting the Record Straight on D.T. Suzuki

by Nelson Foster and Gary Snyder:  In the summer of 1998, Tricycle covered Brian Victoria’s Zen at War, an indictment of the Japanese Zen community’s complicity in Japanese imperialism during the 1930s and 1940s. Among those he harshly criticized was D. T. Suzuki, arguably the most influential figure in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West.

Daisetz Suzuki Remembered

by Edward Hoffman: Despite the gloomy global economy, the field of positive psychology is booming. Often described simplistically by journalists as “the science of happiness,” it’s actually a broad focus on our strengths and talents, virtues and peak experiences in daily living.

From An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Choosing belief over doubt has profound, eternal consequences for practicing Christians, while for religious Jews and Moslems alike, faith in God is the cornerstone of righteousness. Yet elsewhere in the world, revered spiritual traditions exist in which the struggle between belief and unbelief is of little importance. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki is an eloquent international spokesman […]

The Basis of Buddhist Philosophy

by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki: BUDDHIST philosophy is based on the experience Buddha had about twenty-five centuries ago. To understand, therefore, what Buddhist philosophy is, it is necessary to know what that experience was which Buddha had after six years’ hard thinking and ascetic austerities and exercises in meditation.

Shin Buddhism

by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki: Those of you who are accustomed to listening to the usual explanations of Pure Land Buddhism may find my lectures on this subject unusual and unorthodox, but I am willing to take that criticism. Ordinarily speaking, Pure Land doctrine is heavily laden with all kinds of what I call “accretions,” which […]