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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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A Study of His Character and History

(p.35) 5 Confucius
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 essay, published in the journal The Open Court in 1899, in which he discusses Confucius's character and history. In his essay, Suzuki addresses the confusion of the terms Shangdi for “God” and Tian for “Heaven” by “some Christian Orientalists” and his comparative approach to describing the influence of Mahayana Buddhism on Confucianism. According to Suzuki, Confucianism (and partly the Daoism of the legendary Laozi) is “the Chinese ideal of a perfectly developed virtue.” He also talks about “the Chinese mind,” which he associates with a lack of imagination and a tendency to positive conservatism, utilitarianism, practicality, and optimism. Suzuki concludes by arguing that Confucius was an advocate of realism and that his main object was the promotion of national welfare and the amelioration of social conditions.

Keywords:   conservatism, D. T. Suzuki, Confucius, Shangdi, Tian, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Chinese mind, realism, national welfare

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