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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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The Answer Is in the Question

The Answer Is in the Question

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(p.150) 19 The Answer Is in the Question
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/9780520269170.003.0019

This chapter contains an essay by D. T. Suzuki in which he discusses the manner of turning the ordinary, intellectual logic of reasoning into that of Zen. Here Suzuki explains the nature of the intellect and its relation to God. He says our concepts of time, space, and causality are the very condition of our intellect, and argues that intellect cannot answer the questions it raises. According to Suzuki, “To be able to ask a question means that the answer is in myself; otherwise no question can come up. In the same way when we talk of God we have something of it in ourselves.” Suzuki concludes this essay with an example of the Pure Land way of “breaking up” the “ego shell,” or transcendence, so that we as “the totality of individual units” can realize true compassion.

Keywords:   intellect, D. T. Suzuki, reasoning, Zen, God, Pure Land, ego shell, transcendence, compassion

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