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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, and Tomoe Moriya

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269170

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269170.001.0001

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Letter to Paul Carus (1896)

Letter to Paul Carus (1896)

(p.1) 1 Letter to Paul Carus (1896)
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains D. T. Suzuki's letter to Paul Carus, written on May 14, 1896. Carus (1852–1919) was one of the most important influences in young Suzuki's life. He introduced Suzuki to important social and intellectual connections in the West that would prove useful to the latter throughout his life. The Open Court Publishing Company, with Carus as managing editor, showcased many of Suzuki's early English writings and translations in its journals, The Open Court and The Monist. Prior to this, Suzuki had translated Carus's Gospel of Buddha (1894) into Japanese. Carus and Suzuki were drawn together by their shared interest in a modernized, scientific religion and the possibility that Buddhism might best fit such a vision. In his letter, Suzuki tells Carus that he is writing a booklet on religion as he understands it, and that he will express his views on Carus's philosophy plus Buddhism and his own opinion.

Keywords:   letter, D. T. Suzuki, Paul Carus, Open Court Publishing Company, Gospel of Buddha, religion, Buddhism

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