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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 Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series)

Selections from Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series)

(p.135) 16 Selections from Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series)
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains excerpts from D. T. Suzuki's Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series), a collection of articles that first appeared in The Eastern Buddhist in the early 1920s. In the first essay, “Practical Methods of Zen Instruction,” Suzuki writes a first-person narrative to describe common ideas of “absolute oneness” among Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist traditions that finds value in them all. He argues that Zen is the ultimate fact of all philosophy and religion; it is not necessarily the fountain of Buddhist thought and life alone, but is very much alive also in Christianity, Mohammedanism, Daoism, and even in positivistic Confucianism. In the second essay, “The Ten Cow-Herding Pictures,” Suzuki deals with Sufi Islam and compares the Sufi mystic poet Ibn al-Fārid's verses with Zen mysticism.

Keywords:   absolute oneness, D. T. Suzuki, Essays in Zen Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Sufi Islam, Ibn al-Fārid, Zen mysticism, philosophy, religion

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