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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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Selection from Ignorance and World Fellowship

Selection from Ignorance and World Fellowship

(p.80) 11 Selection from Ignorance and World Fellowship
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains an excerpt from D. T. Suzuki's lecture, “Ignorance and World Fellowship,” delivered at Faith and Fellowship: Being the Proceedings of the World Congress of Faiths held in London on July 3–17, 1936. In his lecture, Suzuki talks about nirvana and śūnyatā, aimed at correcting prevailing misattributions of pessimism or nihilism while suggesting the need for listeners to see beyond “dualistically conditioned existence.” Suzuki also discusses Buddhism and argues that world conflict is caused by human ignorance, the fundamental condition that religion should seek to overcome. He says it is from ignorance that there is karma, that discrimination is ignorance and the beginning of dualism. Suzuki ends his lecture by expressing his wish for the creation of a sort of universal fellowship of religions as an alternative to the League of Nations.

Keywords:   ignorance, D. T. Suzuki, nirvana, śūnyatā, Buddhism, religion, karma, discrimination, dualism, fellowship

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