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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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Selections from Japanese Spirituality

Selections from Japanese Spirituality

Chapter:
(p.106) 14 Selections from Japanese Spirituality
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/9780520269170.003.0014

This chapter contains excerpts from D. T. Suzuki's book Nihon teki reisei (Japanese Spirituality), published in 1944 under strict censorship and reprinted in 1946. Suzuki begins by discussing the awakening of Japanese spirituality and the popularization of Buddhism during the Kamakura period. He then addresses Shinto's political nature, arguing that it is neither a religious belief nor a manifestation of spirituality. According to Suzuki, Shinto lacks the depth of the stage of negation, as in the logic of affirmation-in-negation (soku-hi), which is stimulated by and manifests in Buddhist phenomena, particularly in the Pure Land and Zen schools. In addition, Suzuki compares Catholic and Buddhist traditions concerning muga (no-self) and obedience, along with their interpretations of these mental states. He also talks about the relation between teaching and self-awakening.

Keywords:   negation, D. T. Suzuki, Nihon teki reisei, Buddhism, Shinto, affirmation-in-negation, muga, obedience, self-awakening, Japanese spirituality

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