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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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Swedenborg’s View of Heaven and “Other-Power”

Swedenborg’s View of Heaven and “Other-Power”

Chapter:
(p.73) 10 Swedenborg’s View of Heaven and “Other-Power”
Source:
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Author(s):
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269170.003.0010

This chapter contains an essay written by D. T. Suzuki in which he compares the Buddhist paradise, or Pure Land, with Emanuel Swedenborg's concept of heaven: the land of divine love, attainable by those who rely on the “other-power” of the divine will, whereas those with self-love are destined to hell. Suzuki claims that Swedenborg does not give a very clear definition of heaven and goes on to describe heaven as consisting of the good of love and the truth of enlightenment. He argues that heaven derives from innocence, as opposed to hell which signifies noninnocence. He also discusses the principle of correspondence on which Swedenborg's symbolic philosophy is built and relates it to Buddhism. Finally, he considers how the freedom and reason that are granted by other-power enable a Buddhist to recognize his or her sins and achieve rebirth in paradise, and a Christian to gain repentance and resurrection.

Keywords:   heaven, D. T. Suzuki, Pure Land, Emanuel Swedenborg, divine love, hell, divine will, innocence, Buddhism, rebirth

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