D.T. Suzuki: Introducing Zen Buddhism to the West

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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Professor Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (18 October 1870 – 22 July 1966) was a prolific Japanese writer known for his translations of important Zen (Chan) and Shin (Jodo Shinshu or ‘Pure Land’) Buddhist texts. His work was instrumental in igniting widespread interest in Buddhism in the West, and was a significant catalyst in the worldwide revival of Buddhism in the late 19th Century.

Suzuki was very successful in explaining the concepts of Zen Buddhism to Westerners who had very little to no knowledge of the religion. His success was due to his ability to present Zen Buddhist concepts as profound religious thought.

He demonstrated the extraordinary ability to understand the complex yet fundamental concepts of Zen and Shin Buddhism from a young age. However, he is remembered more for his skill with language, theme and nuance — gifts which allowed him to effectively explain Buddhist philosophy to a Western audience.

During his lifetime, Suzuki published more than 100 books including works that he had translated himself. These translations mainly concern the relationship of Zen Buddhism to everyday life, although he also wrote about other aspects and forms of Buddhism as well, such as the workings of the mind. Suzuki was proficient in Chinese, English, Pali, Sanskrit and several European languages.

The value of Professor Suzuki’s efforts in kindling Western (and worldwide) interest in Buddhism is immeasurable. It is my hope that by telling his story, I will inspire a new generation of people to pursue their own spiritual journey.

 

Early Life

Professor D.T. Suzuki was born Teitaro Suzuki to a Samurai family on October 18, 1870, in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. He was the fourth son of Ryojun Suzuki, a physician. Today, a humble monument — a tree with a rock placed underneath — marks the place where he was born.

Kanazawa, where Suzuki was born

Kanazawa, where Professor D.T. Suzuki was born

At the time of his birth, Japanese feudalism was in decline. The corresponding loss of prestige and privilege of the samurai class to which his family belonged meant that he was raised in relative poverty. The Suzuki family experienced further misfortune when Ryojun Suzuki passed away in 1876. His mother raised him in these difficult circumstances, even renting part of their house to boarders. Suzuki attended a local high school and befriended Kitaro Nishida who would later become a significant thinker of Western philosophy and Zen.

His humble upbringing coupled with his mother’s Jodo Shinshu Buddhist faith sparked Suzuki’s interest in spirituality and religion. He first received Zen spiritual training in Kokutai-ji under the guidance of a Zen master, Setsumon Roshi, while still in high school.

When he was only 18 years old, D.T. Suzuki began working as a tutor of mathematics, writing, reading and English in a fishing village.

Kokutai-Ji

Kokutai-Ji

 

Secular and Spiritual Education

The younger Suzuki during his student days

A young D.T. Suzuki during his student days

When Professor D.T. Suzuki was 21 years old, his older brother, an established lawyer, sponsored his education at Tokyo Senmon Gakko, the present-day Waseda University in Tokyo. Initially, he continued his spiritual training under the guidance of Imakita Kosen, a Rinzai master.

However, both his mother and his teacher passed away within a short span of time in 1892. Following their deaths, he accepted the suggestion of his childhood friend, Kitaro Nishida, to study Western philosophy, the Chinese language, Pali, Sanskrit and European languages at Tokyo University.

While at Tokyo University, D.T. Suzuki continued his Zen training under the guidance of Kosen Roshi at Engaku-ji Temple in Kamakura. After Kosen Roshi’s passing, he then went under the guidance of his teacher’s main student, Soyen Shaku.

Soyen Shaku

Soyen Shaku

Soyen Shaku was a promising Zen master, naturally gifted and inclined towards Dharma. He began receiving instruction from Kosen Roshi when he was just 22 years old. At the age of 25, Soyen Shaku went to Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) to further his knowledge of Buddhism, focusing mainly on Theravada Buddhism and the Pali language, and to live the life of a Theravadan monk for three years. It was Soyen Shaku who gave Suzuki the name ‘Daisetsu‘, which means “Great Humility”, but when written in Kanji can also mean “Great Stupidity”, “Great Clumsy,” or “Great Simplicity.”

Soyen Shaku recognised the spiritual potential within Suzuki, and trained him in strict discipline. Suzuki was advised to live like a simple monk in the temple although he was never ordained. In addition, he was advised to engage in sitting meditation (zazen) for long periods of time.

Suzuki later described his life in Engaku-ji Monastery in his book, The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk as:

“… a life of humility; a life of labour; a life of service; a life of prayer and gratitude; and a life of meditation.”

D.T. Suzuki was a product of New Buddhism which flourished in Japan after the Meiji era. During the Meiji Restoration, the traditions of Zen Buddhism had been altered. For instance, in the past, Zen monks were required to spend several years in intensive study, including reading commentaries and memorising sutras. New Buddhism afforded Suzuki the opportunity to undergo his Zen training as a lay person.

When D.T. Suzuki was 21 years old, he studied at the present-day Waseda University in Tokyo

At the age of 21, D.T. Suzuki commenced his studies at present-day Waseda University in Tokyo

Tokyo University, where Suzuki studied Western philosophy, Chinese language, Pali, Sanskrit and European languages

Tokyo University where Suzuki studied Western philosophy, the Chinese language, Pali, Sanskrit and European languages

 

Career in the Open Court Publishing Company

Dr. Paul Carus

Dr. Paul Carus

In the 1890s, an unexpected opportunity to work abroad presented itself to Professor D.T. Suzuki. Soyen Shaku had met Dr. Paul Carus, a German-American philosopher and the managing editor of Open Court Publishing Company, at the 1893 World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Dr. Carus approached Shaku for assistance in preparing Eastern spiritual literature for publication. The work included translations from various Asian languages to English and Shaku recommended Suzuki for the task.

Suzuki moved to America to work in Open Court’s translation department, and stayed with Dr. Carus at the Hegeler Carus Mansion in Illinois. His first assignment was to translate the classic Tao Te Ching from ancient Chinese. Many years later, Suzuki revealed that he was unhappy with the product of his first official translation project because he felt that it failed to capture the true depth of meaning of complex Chinese ideas.

Next, Suzuki started working on the translation of Ashvaghosha’s The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (1901) and simultaneously worked on his first book, Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism (1907).

In addition to his work in Open Court’s translation department, Suzuki was also involved in typing, proofreading and photography. In 1906, he translated a book authored by Soyen Shaku titled The Mahayana Buddhist Outlook on Zen Buddhism, a project that marked the beginning of his career as an English language writer. However, Suzuki’s own view was that Zen was heavily influenced by Chinese Taoism.

 

Swedenborg Influence

Suzuki also wrote a book titled Swedenborg: Buddha of the North

Suzuki also wrote a book titled “Swedenborg: Buddha of the North

In the 1890s, Professor D.T. Suzuki collaborated with Albert Edmund on a translation project at Open Court. A British Swedenborgian, Albert Edmund gave Suzuki a copy of one of Swedenborg’s books, Heaven and Hell, translated to English from its original Latin.

After the publication of his first book, Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism, Suzuki left his post at Open Court and went to London to further his study of Emanuel Swedenborg’s philosophy. He was referred to the British Swedenborg Society by Albert Edmund.

In 1908, Suzuki translated Swedenborg’s English edition of Heaven and Hell into Japanese, while taking the content of the French and German editions into consideration. After the completion of this project, Suzuki continued to translate several of Swedenborg’s books such as Divine Love and Wisdom and The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrines into Japanese.

 

Marriage and Return to Japan

In 1906, Professor D.T. Suzuki met his future wife, Beatrice Erskine Lane, at a lecture given by Soyen Shaku. Beatrice was a Theosophist and a graduate of Radcliffe College. She introduced Suzuki to Theosophism, and he became an active Theosophist and eventually joined the Theosophical Society – Adyar. She was also intimately associated with the Baha’i movement in both America and Japan.

Suzuki and his wife, Beatrice Erskine Lane

Professor D.T. Suzuki and his wife, Beatrice Erskine Lane

Beatrice and Suzuki married five years later and decided to move to Japan. The couple were committed to spreading the understanding of Mahayana Buddhism and lived in a cottage on the Engaku-ji Temple grounds until 1919. During this time, Suzuki taught at the Peer’s School in Tokyo.

In 1921, they moved to Kyoto where Suzuki accepted the post of Professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Otani University. He became renowned for his expertise in Zen history and practice, and Kegon philosophy, which he considered the tool of intellectual analysis for the practice of Zen.

An older photo of Otani University

An older photo of Otani University

In Kyoto, Suzuki and Beatrice established the Eastern Buddhist Society to spread the Mahayana Buddhist doctrine. The Society offered seminars, lectures, and had their own educational journal, The Eastern Buddhist. Living in Kyoto also gave Suzuki the opportunity to discuss Zen Buddhism with the renowned Zen Buddhist scholar, Dr. Hoseki Shinichi Hisamatsu at Shunkoin Temple in the Myoshinji Temple complex.

The couple spent most of their time in Japan until 1936 when Suzuki served as an exchange professor at the University of London. Around this time, he also participated in the World Congress of Faiths. As his popularity as a writer grew, Suzuki returned to America and in 1951, he embarked on a teaching tour at universities throughout the country. From 1952 to 1957, Suzuki held a steady teaching position at Columbia University.

During this period in the United States, he became acquainted with the works of those from the California Academy of Asian Studies (now known as the California Institute of Integral Studies) such as Judith Tyberg, Saburo Hasegawa and Alan Watts.

 

The Eastern Buddhist Society

Suzuki, Beatrice and several other like-minded people such as Sasaki Gessho and Akanuma Chizen established the Eastern Buddhist Society (EBS) in Kyoto in 1921. The main objective of EBS was to “convey the true spirit of Buddhism to the modern world” through its many projects and activities such as:

  • Research and translations of Buddhist texts
  • Publication of an English language journal, titled The Eastern Buddhist
  • Lectures, seminars and group discussions

The Eastern Buddhist contained articles on various aspects of Buddhism, writings by modern Buddhist thinkers, and classical Buddhist texts in the English language. The first edition of this journal was published in 1921. Publication halted during World War II and resumed once again in 1965. After the passing of Professor D.T. Suzuki, Nichitani Keiji, Abe Masao, Nagao Gadjin and other eminent Buddhist scholars served as the editors of this unique journal.

 

Writing Work and International Acclaim

Essays in Zen Buddhism

Essays in Zen Buddhism

In the early 1920s, there was a concern that the Zen masters of the time could not present the fundamental concepts of Zen if they packaged it in a modern light. Undeterred, Professor D.T. Suzuki took the initiative to “under[take] a tentative experiment to present Zen from [the] common-sense point of view.”

In 1927, Suzuki published Essays in Zen Buddhism which contained a collection of fundamental texts to introduce the principles of Zen Buddhism and their application in secular life.

He began the essay by describing the promise of Zen in our everyday lives:

“Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s own being, and it points the I from bondage to freedom. By making us drink right from the fountain of life, it liberates us from all the yokes under which we finite beings are usually suffering in this world.”

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Suzuki placed particular emphasis on the reconstruction of our character. He wrote, “Our ordinary life only touches the fringe of personality, it does not cause a commotion in the deepest parts of the soul.Essays in Zen Buddhism became a classic and is often used as a moral guideline to modern living even today.

Lankavatara Sutra

Lankavatara Sutra

Following the publication of Essays in Zen Buddhism, Suzuki published more articles and books that targeted the English-speaking audience and he gained widespread popularity in the United States and Europe as a prominent scholar of Japanese culture and Zen. In the mid-20th Century, he wrote several more books that contained some of the most celebrated introductions and examinations of Zen Buddhism.

Suzuki was interested in the development of Buddhism in China, particularly through the examination of Chinese texts that contained the teaching style and words of classical Chinese masters such as Wumenguan (Gateless Passage) and Biyan Lu (Blue Cliff Record). He was also interested in how Zen influenced Japanese history and culture, and later wrote a book titled Zen and Japanese Culture. In addition, he translated the Lankavatara Sutra and wrote a commentary on its Sanskrit terminology.

Carl Jung and An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Carl Jung and An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Suzuki’s books are widely read in the West and many important personalities have commented on them and on the author himself. For instance, the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote a 30-page commentary to Suzuki’s An Introduction to Zen Buddhism:

“Suzuki’s works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism. We cannot be sufficiently grateful to the author, first for the fact of his having brought Zen closer to Western understanding, and secondly for the manner in which he has achieved this task.”

Carl Jung on Suzuki, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

In addition, William C. Barret (1913-1992), a Professor of Philosophy at New York University, compiled Suzuki’s articles and essays about Zen into a book titled Studies of Zen.

In his later years, Suzuki developed an interest in Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land Buddhism), the faith of his mother, to the extent that he translated its related texts and gave lectures on the subject at the Buddhist Churches of America. In his book on Jodo Shinshu titled Buddha of Infinite Light, Suzuki stated that:

“Of all the developments that Mahayana Buddhism has achieved in East Asia, the most remarkable one is the Shin teaching of Pure Land Buddhism.”

D.T. Suzuki, Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, the Japanese Way of Wisdom and Compassion

Although Suzuki was of the view that Jodo Shinshu Buddhism was Mahayana Buddhism’s most remarkable development in East Asia, he did not attempt to promote this branch of the faith in the West and continued with his efforts to propagate Zen.

In addition to the Zen and Jodo Shinshu faiths, Suzuki was interested in Christian mysticism. He compared the Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart to a Jodo Shinshu follower from the Tokugawa period, Myokonin.

Mahayana Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism

In the 1940s, access to Suzuki’s books became scarce. All the copies in Japan were lost in the great fire that destroyed a quarter of Tokyo. Moreover, the copies in England had gone out of print.

Determined to salvage the situation, Christmas Humphreys, the President of London’s Buddhist Society, travelled to Tokyo in 1946. Humphreys worked with Suzuki to translate new texts and to reprint what remained of Suzuki’s previous works. This collaboration resulted in another compilation of essays titled Essays in Zen Buddhism.

In addition, Christmas Humphreys wrote a foreword to Beatrice’s book titled Mahayana Buddhism.

Alan Watts, D.T. Suzuki, and Christmas Humphreys in London, 1958

Alan Watts, D.T. Suzuki, and Christmas Humphreys in London, 1958

 

Professor D.T. Suzuki and New Buddhism

In 1868, Japan opened her doors to the international community during the Meiji Restoration. However, this modernisation caused some backlash against Buddhism, which was labelled by the government as “a corrupt, decadent, anti-social, parasitic, and superstitious creed, inimical to Japan’s need for scientific and technological advancement.”

The Meiji Government wanted to eradicate Buddhist customs that were considered “incapable of fostering the nativist sentiments that would be vital for national, ideological cohesion.” To make things worse, the newly-introduced industrialisation efforts had had a negative impact on the traditional patrons of Buddhist monasteries.

However, a new generation of Buddhist leaders emerged to salvage the situation. These leaders agreed that the old Buddhist traditions needed to be revitalised to better fit the needs of the emergent modern Japan. As a result, New Buddhism (Shin Bukkyo) was established.

The New Buddhism movement was initiated by a group of intellectuals that included Professor D.T. Suzuki’s teachers, Imakita Kosen and Soyen Shaku, who had been exposed to the Western way of thinking. This modern generation of Buddhist leaders saw New Buddhism as a way of preserving Buddhism from persecution and, at the same time, contributing to Japan’s cultural force.

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The idea of New Buddhism was in line with Suzuki’s idea that “…religions are each a sort of organism, an organism that is [through time] subject to ‘irritation’ and therefore shows the capacity to change or evolve.”

Later Buddhist scholars such as Martin Verhoeven and Robert Sharf argued that the Japanese Zen Buddhism promoted by Soyen Shaku and Imakita Kosen was different from pre-Meiji era Zen Buddhism. This is the de-traditionalised and essentialised Zen Buddhism that Suzuki effectively promoted in the West.

In his later years, Suzuki’s role evolved from that of a reporter to that of a contributor who enriched the school of Zen Buddhism. The Japanese philosopher of the Kyoto School, Nishitani Keiji echoed this belief:

… in Dr. Suzuki’s activities, Buddhism came to possess a forward-moving direction with a frontier spirit … This involved shouldering the task of rethinking, restating and redoing traditional Buddhism to transmit it to Westerners as well as Easterners.

… To accomplish this task it is necessary to be deeply engrossed in the tradition, and at the same time to grasp the longing and the way of thinking within the hearts of Westerners. From there, new possibilities should open up in the study of the Buddha Dharma which have yet to be found in Buddhist history … Up to now this new Buddhist path has been blazed almost single-handedly by Dr. Suzuki. He did it on behalf of the whole Buddhist world.

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According to Richard M. Jaffe, the Chair of the Department of Religion at Duke University, Suzuki was “one of the most culturally influential Asians of the 20th century.”

 

Professor D.T. Suzuki and Japanese Nationalism

Professor D.T. Suzuki has been criticised for his pre-World War II support of Japanese nationalism and of the Japanese war effort. Suzuki had supported the Nihonjinron philosophy, which emphasised the unique characteristics of Japanese culture. He attributed it to the concept of Zen because it contained the essence of all religion and philosophy. Suzuki presented Zen as an expression of Asian spirituality, superior to the Western way of thinking.

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Robert Sharf, Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley has argued that Suzuki’s claim that Zen embodies the essence of all religion and philosophy to be an expression of his nationalism and less-than-noble intentions:

“The Nihonjinron cultural exceptionalism polemic in Suzuki’s work – the grotesque caricatures of ‘East’ versus ‘West’ – is no doubt the most egregiously inane manifestation of his nationalist leanings. … One is led to suspect that Suzuki’s lifelong effort to bring Buddhist enlightenment to the Occident had become inextricably bound to a studied contempt for the West.”

Kubota, Hiroshi and Nawrocki, Johann, Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context

However, another scholar, Kemmyo Taira Sato, the former director of The Buddhist Society, does not agree with this critical assessment of Suzuki:

“In cases where Suzuki directly expresses his position on the contemporary political situation — whether in his articles, public talks, or letters to friends (in which he would have had no reason to misrepresent his views) — he is clear and explicit in his distrust of, and opposition to, State Shinto, right-wing thought, and the other forces that were pushing Japan toward militarism and war, even as he expressed interest in decidedly non-rightist ideologies like socialism.

In this Suzuki’s standpoint was consistent from the late nineteenth century through to the post-war years. These materials reveal in Suzuki an intellectual independence, a healthy scepticism of political ideology and government propaganda, and a sound appreciation for human rights.

Sato, Kemmyō Taira, D. T. Suzuki and the Question of War

 

Later Life, and Death

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In the 1950s, Professor D.T. Suzuki returned to the United States and spent the next decade delivering talks and lectures in prominent universities such as Harvard, Columbia and the University of New Mexico. He was also elected as President of the Cambridge Buddhist Association. In 1956, the Zen Studies Society in New York was established for the purpose of supporting his work.

When he was 90 years old, Suzuki went on a four-week tour to India as an official State Guest. When he was 94 years old, Suzuki returned to New York, where he was later introduced to a Catholic monk, Thomas Merton, with whom he began a dialogue on Christianity via letters. Suzuki also attended the East-West Philosopher’s Conference in Honolulu.

 

Legacy

The final resting place of D.T. Suzuki

The final resting place of Professor D.T. Suzuki

During his lifetime, Professor D.T. Suzuki received many honours including Japan’s National Cultural Medal in recognition of his achievements as a distinguished Zen scholar who promoted Japan and introduced Zen Buddhism to the world. He published over 100 books in both English and Japanese that include studies of Pure Land and Zen Buddhism, various Buddhist classics, and works by the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu.

Suzuki was not only popular among his contemporaries, but also inspired a younger generation of writers such as Alan Watts, who spent his life studying and propagating Suzuki’s teachings, and musicians like John Cage.

 

The D.T. Suzuki Museum

In 2011, the D.T. Suzuki Museum was established in Suzuki’s hometown, Kanazawa. It celebrates Suzuki’s life and achievements through his writings, and is an invaluable repository of information about this prolific author-translator’s philosophies.

D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa

The D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa

The clean, serene, and simple architecture of the museum serves as a reflection of Suzuki’s religious scholarship and lifestyle. It was designed by the famed architect Taniguchi Yoshio, whose portfolio includes the Heisei Chishinkan wing of the Kyoto National Museum, the Toyokan wing of the Tokyo National Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A sense of tranquility can be felt throughout the museum complex. The three buildings in the museum are connected by corridors built around the Water Mirror Garden pond. The complex also has a contemplative space, which consists of a large room that extends all the way to the Water Mirror Garden. In addition, it contains a learning space at one end that houses both English and Japanese books written by Suzuki.

Contemplative Space at D.T. Suzuki Museum

The contemplative space at the D.T. Suzuki Museum

Inside the Contemplative Space at D.T. Suzuki Museum

Inside the contemplative space

 

Getting There

Visitors can take Kanazawa’s Loop Bus and get off at stop number LL7 or RL10. The museum is also just a 10-minute walk from the nearby 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Kanazawa Loop Buses Route

The route of Kanazawa’s Loop Buses. Click to enlarge.

 

Videos of Suzuki’s Teachings and Experiences

 

A Zen Life by D.T. Suzuki

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D.T. Suzuki: The Swordsman and the Cat

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D.T. Suzuki on Being Natural

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DTSuzukiBeingNatural.mp4

 

D.T. Suzuki: Complications Arising from Discrimination

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DTSuzukiComplicationsArisingfromDiscrimination.mp4

 

D.T. Suzuki on Nirvana

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DTSuzukionNirvana.mp4

 

D.T. Suzuki on the Teaching of the Lankavatara

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DTSuzukiontheTeachingoftheLankavatara.mp4

 

Recommended Reading (Free Download)

The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind (click to download PDF)

Manual of Zen Buddhism (click to download PDF)

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (click to download PDF)

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (click to download PDF)

The Zen Manifesto: Freedom From Oneself (click to download PDF)

D.T. Suzuki and the Question of War (click to download PDF)

The texts above were sourced from legitimate book-hosting services offering these texts for free download. They are made available here for purely educational, non-commercial purposes.

 

More Books Written or Translated by D.T. Suzuki

Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism (original publisher unknown, 1907)

Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism (original publisher unknown, 1907)

A Brief History of Early Chinese Philosophy (original publisher unknown, 1914)

A Brief History of Early Chinese Philosophy (original publisher unknown, 1914)

Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra (original publisher unknown, 1930)

Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra (original publisher unknown, 1930)

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Eastern Buddhist Society, 1934)

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Eastern Buddhist Society, 1934)

Manual of Zen Buddhism (Eastern Buddhist Society, 1934)

Manual of Zen Buddhism (Eastern Buddhist Society, 1934)

The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk (The Eastern Buddhist Society, 1934)

The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk (The Eastern Buddhist Society, 1934)

Zen and Japanese Culture (Princeton University Press, 1938)

Zen and Japanese Culture (Princeton University Press, 1938)

The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind (Red Wheel/Weiser, 1949)

The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind (Red Wheel/Weiser, 1949)

Essays in Zen Buddhism (Rider for the Buddhist Society, 1953)

Essays in Zen Buddhism (Rider for the Buddhist Society, 1953)

Studies in Zen (Rider and Company, 1955)

Studies in Zen (Rider and Company, 1955)

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist (original publisher unknown, 1957)

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist (original publisher unknown, 1957)

Zen Buddhism: Selected Writing (Doubleday, 1958)

Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings (Doubleday, 1958)

Zen and Japanese Buddhism (Japan Travel Bureau, 1958)

Zen and Japanese Buddhism (Japan Travel Bureau, 1958)

Sengai: The Zen of Ink and Paper (original publisher unknown, 1971)

Sengai: The Zen of Ink and Paper (original publisher unknown, 1971)

The Awakening of Zen (Praj-na Press, 1980)

The Awakening of Zen (Praj-na Press, 1980)

 Swedenborg: Buddha of the North (English translation) (Swedenborg Foundation Publishers, 1996)

Swedenborg: Buddha of the North (English translation) (Swedenborg Foundation Publishers, 1996)

Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, the Japanese Way of Wisdom and Compassion (Shambhala, 2002)

Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, the Japanese Way of Wisdom and Compassion (Shambhala, 2002)

The Zen Koan As a Means of Attaining Enlightenment (Tuttle Publishing, 2011)

The Zen Koan As a Means of Attaining Enlightenment (Tuttle Publishing, 2011)

The Core Teachings of D. T. Suzuki (Lulu Press, 2012)

The Core Teachings of D.T. Suzuki (Lulu Press, 2012)

Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki (University of California Press, 2015)

Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki (University of California Press, 2015)

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  1. Sofi on Oct 5, 2018 at 10:29 am

    D.T. Suzuki is such an extraordinary man who continuously learn even when he himself is a Master to teach others. One can see clearly that he had taken in his learnings and fully understanding or realising before he in turn teaches others. It is something internalised and not shallow with just academic knowledge. He has such zest for life that even at age 94, he is still travelling to discover or pursue further knowledge. Most people of that age would have retired to a life of inactivity and just living day to day of waiting for death. Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing with us the life story of this inspiring Master, D.T. Suzuki.

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  3. Stella Cheang on Jul 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    “Our ordinary life only touches the fringe of personality, it does not cause a commotion in the deepest parts of the soul” – to me, I find this phrase very intriguing. Spiritual awakening comes from experience and not a concept of words, it therefore should triggers deeper reflection, contemplation and looking within to arrive a point of awareness.

  4. Anne Ong on Apr 3, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    It’s always wonderful to read about someone who is inspiring and has many talents. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing about Professor Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki who spread Buddhism to the west and is proficient in so many languagesn🙏😘

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 20, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Very interesting to get to know about D.T Suzuki and all the works he has done for the Buddha dharma.

  6. yin ping on Mar 5, 2018 at 2:39 am

    I am particularly attracted to this old poet sings:
    ‘When there is a particle of dust in your eyes, the triple world becomes a narrow path; have your mind completely free from objects – and how much this life expands!’

    The eyes are resembled our mind which by nature is bright and clear. Our eye couldn’t open when tiny particle gets into it. Just as our mind will be disturbed and commotion when there are presence of conditions such as pleasure and pain, fame and insignificance, gain and loss, praise and blame. The confused and desire mind is our inner enemy which trap us in samsara.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 1, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing on this incredibly amazing Master of Zen Buddhism. Professor DT Suzuki is remembered by the world for introducing Zen Buddhism to the West with his numerous translation works on it. He was also largely responsible for the revival of Buddhism worldwide in the late 19th century, as well as for kindling the interest of the West in Buddhism.

    Owing to his skill with languages and his ability to present Zen Buddhist concepts as profound religious thought, he captivated the West (with its scarce knowledge of the religion ) as they became enthralled by his explanation of Buddhist philosophy and Zen Buddhism.

    At an early age, his teacher recognised his spiritual potential and advised him to live like a simple monk in the temple (although he was never ordained) as well as to train in sitting meditation.The dawn of the era of New Buddhism allowed him the opportunity to undergo his Zen training as a lay person.

    Suzuki married Beatrice Erskine Lane, who, like him, was committed to spreading the understanding of Mahayana Buddhism. He continued to propagate Zen Buddhism and write prolifically on it. The couple formed the Eastern Buddhist Society to spread the doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism.

    In essence, DT Suzuki blazed a trail of New Buddhism – he was a pioneer who reshaped traditional Buddhism to transmit it to Westerners as well as Easterners in a way that they could better accept. His legacy is embodied in his achievements as ” a distinguished Zen scholar who promoted Japan and introduced Zen Buddhism to the world”. As a writer ,he published “over 100 books in both English and Japanese that include studies of Pure Land and Zen Buddhism, various Buddhist classics, and works by the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu”! He is also well-remembered as a great teacher!

    What an amazing pioneer and trail blazer for Buddhism is Professor DT Suzuki!

  8. Cc on Feb 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    This is really inspiring. 100 books on books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin and widely read in the West.

    🙏🙏🙏 Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  9. Samfoonheei on Feb 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    D.T. Suzuki was a Japanese author of more than a hundreds of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin . He was one of a greatest author, on the subject in both Japanese and English at that time. He was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature .One of the world’s leading authorities on Zen Buddhism. He was such an amazing great scholar proficient in many languages such as Chinese, English, Pali, Sanskrit and even several European languages. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded with many honours which has inspired many younger generation of writers.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post.

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  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 12:36 AM
    On cold winter’s night in New York City, Tsem Rinpoche saw a homeless man and dog. Moved by his plight, Rinpoche bought warm food for the man and his dog, as well as gloves and other cold weather gear and personal care items. Rinpoche even gave the man his personal rosary beads, which Rinpoche has used to make many daily prayers. By by the person having it, it will bless him tremendously…

    Watch the video here http://bit.ly/35B9clD
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Oct 17. 2019 12:10 AM
    Some short videos do not need a lot of explanation. This is one of them.

    This video and the people involved touched me to the core. People who go out of their way to make life better for another living being are the greatest minds to walk the earth. People who care and do their best to make a difference are people who are really using their human potential for something with meaning. People who actually do something.

    Please watch this video and share with others. Why share? Because you care enough to create awareness which will lead to understanding and eradication of these types of unnecessary sufferings. It’s the least you and I can do is to create awareness.

    Have compassion. Practice in life what you admire in conversation-compassion.

    Watch this http://bit.ly/33AZHB4
  • m.priyaa
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 09:41 PM
    Thank u Rinpoche. Such an insipiring story. This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India.
    For more details https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:41 PM
    Well its truly a very effective practice and should be included in our daily sahdana. A effective way to purify our negative karma, which has accumulated over the years. With the proper practice and visualization we could transform what is negative and turning them into sublime offerings. It will then allow Dorje Shugden to help us further through the creation of conducive conditions for Dharma practice and the elimination of obstacles.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor David for this well explained sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kawang-a-dorje-shugden-confessional-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:38 PM
    Beautiful pictures of H.E Zava Damdin Rinpoche, an erudite Mongolian Buddhist master conferring the initiation of Yamantaka and Dorje Shugden to a crowd of 10,000 people. He was recognised as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia. A great scholar within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, he wrote numerous volumes of philosophic writings which are still been used till today. Interesting read of a GREAT Lama.
    Thank you for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:35 PM
    Lama Thubten Phurbu is truly an incredible , respected Gelug high Lama with his incredible achievements and accomplishments. Having up hold the lineage of Tsongkhapa and the practice of Dorje Shugden . He has done so much speaking up on the ban on Dorje Shugden and has contributed many beneficial projects in Tibet and China. Lama Thubten Phurbu is outspoken about Dorje Shugden and spreading Shugden’s practice and Tsongkhapa’s lineage to as many as to the West, India and Nepal .
    Lama Thubten Phurbu have done much more for the Tibetan people than the CTA have. He travels occasionally to give teachings to preserve these precious lineages for the future. While the CTA is opposing the Chinese and creating mistrust, Lama Thubten Phurbu is building trust with the Chinese government while at the same time upholding the greater welfare of all Tibetans. Wow… Lama Thubten Phurbu has even compiled many prayer texts for the benefits of all sentient beings. Interesting read.
    Thank you for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/incredible-lama-thubten-phurbu-and-his-activities.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, some people love to senses excitement through supernatural power. I have seen the video it scary because it is true from experience. When it come for movies it is interesting to understand how curious our mind works.

    From my experiences I have realized that the feeling of terror is the special aspect, unexpected, suspense and the surprise. Usually horror movies often teach us how to protect, to overcome difficult situation, to control the fear, prayer and meditation. The smart and brave characters of a person can be seen with a lot of much struggle.

    I enjoyed this article, it made me to recall some of my doubt and fear memories during my young days.
  • Chris
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:44 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this special rare Buddha with us. Enlightened beings are very compassionate to have manifested in various forms for various purposes for us to get blessings. This Buddha is manifested specifically for us to curb with our own laziness.

    According to Rinpoche, laziness comes in various forms and not just the superficial laziness that we can easily identify. There are some form of laziness is much more ingrained in us and it may manifest into some other behaviours.

    http://bit.ly/2CDZf9p
  • nicholas
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:35 PM
    This afternoon, Tsem Rinpoche, Ladrang Liaison Pastor Loh Seng Piow, Beng Kooi, Fat Monk, and Monlam were in a fish shop in Cheras to look for some fishes for the Ladrang’s pond.

    Rinpoche took the group for a meal in a restaurant nearby. While in the restaurant, Rinpoche saw many fishes in 2 crowded glass tanks, and Rinpoche couldn’t bear it as Rinpoche knew the fate of these fishes – they will take turn to be on dinner plates throughout the Chinese New Year period. The fishes were huge, about 8 or 9 inches long and all of them will be gone in a few days!

    After some negotiation, Fat Monk convinced the restaurant owner to sell the fishes at a reduced price. The owner also gave us all their eels free, knowing that we bought the fishes to be liberated. We also took all the frogs in the restaurant. They were so kind that they told us to liberate the fishes fast and come back to pay later or the next day! They let us go without any payment! I think they were touched by Rinpoche’s act of kindness and reciprocated. No restaurant will let go of their fishes easily during this period as supply of fishes are scarce, and the festive season is the peak period to make maximum profit.

    Read more about this compasionate story at http://bit.ly/2P1rsPh
  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Oct 16. 2019 02:12 PM
    This is so horrible, the way how the horse is being slaughtered! It is not humane at all. Imagine the fear the horse has to go through before its last moment.

    How can we still enjoy our meat dishes knowing how much pain the animals have to suffer? We use horses for horse racing when they are still young and strong. When they are older, we kill them for their meat. This is life but we are treating them like an object.

    If we want a more peaceful world, less violence, we have to learn to generate compassion. One of the ways to develop our compassion is to stop eating meat because we don’t want animals to suffer. If we can afford and have time, we can also consider adopting animals from the shelters. As the demand for meat decreases, there will be less killing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/please-sign-this.html
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 10:49 PM
    Mantras – Holy Words of Power

    Learn the power of holy words or better known as mantras that may be able to change the course of your life. How do mantras help with your obstacles or enhance your wishes? H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explains here in clear simple teaching to help us in our lives.

    http://bit.ly/MantrasPower
  • Sofi
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 10:19 PM
    The Icchantikas

    It is stated that this group of beings are beyond the possibility of enlightenment. Read more of this type of beings and do they really exist within our realm?

    http://bit.ly/TheIcchantikas
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 08:22 PM
    Chinese activists recently stood up to dog meat traders and rescued 900 dogs bound for slaughter for human consumption. Many of the dogs were clearly stolen family pets, even wearing tags and collars: Huskies, German Shepherds, Poodles and the like, many extremely ill and dying from the slave ship like conditions of the truck and cages. One woman found her lost Golden Retriever on the truck, but was told she could not take him home unless she paid off the trader. The activists were beaten and after a 50 hour standoff finally rescued all of the dogs. However, by that time some dogs had died and the activists were forced to bury them at the scene.

    Read and watch the video here http://bit.ly/33yZK0g
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:57 PM
    The ‘Ocean Drover’ is regarded by the live export industry as being one of the ‘best’ vessels on the water. But right now, animals confined within it are suffering and dying.

    After breaking down four weeks ago, just days after leaving Australia, the ship has been travelling at a reduced speed – extending an already long and arduous journey for the 48,000 sheep and cattle on board. On Friday it was revealed that the Ocean Drover had to make an emergency stop near Djibouti, Africa, after running low on feed for the animals, and now the exporter has confirmed the mounting deaths on board – still days from their final destination. One can only imagine what the surviving animals are enduring.

    The exporter has expressed dismay at not achieving their usual ‘success rate’ but this is an industry that judges ‘success’ by the number of animals still standing at the end of a voyage. Sheep suffer and die on every live export ship that leaves Australia and their deaths are considered just a routine part of doing business. The animals onboard the Ocean Drover may be beyond our help. But don’t let their suffering be in vain – your MP needs to hear their story. Please take 2 minutes to call your Federal Member TODAY to express your utter dismay at yet another live export tragedy.

    http://bit.ly/2Mf36Q6
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Oct 15. 2019 07:27 PM
    Hummingbirds are easy to attract to a backyard garden, a cinch to keep well fed, and a joy to watch. These sparkling jewels of sum at mer are easy to love.

    But if you don’t take proper care to provide healthy nectar and clean feeders, they’re also an easy bird to love to death.

    Hummingbird feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus, or the tiny hum-buzzers you so enjoy could develop a serious and deadly fungus infection. This infection causes the tongue to swell, making it impossible for the bird to feed.

    Read more on the basics of Hummingbird care at http://bit.ly/2MhHr9V

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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Melinda showed pictures and biography of Rinpoche to students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers & students do prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Gompa Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
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