- Title Pages
- Editorial Note
- 1 Letter to Paul Carus (1896)
- 2 <i>Selections from</i> Shin Shūkyō ron (A New Interpretation of Religion)
- 3 Letter to Paul Carus (1897)
- 4 Christianity in Japan
- 5 Confucius
- 6 <i>Selection from</i> A Brief History of Early Chinese Philosophy
- 7 <i>Selections from</i> Suedenborugu (Swedenborg)
- 8 Zen, the Spiritual Heritage of the East
- 9 A Contemporary Buddhist View of Shinto
- 10 Swedenborg’s View of Heaven and “Other-Power”
- 11 <i>Selection from</i> Ignorance and World Fellowship
- 12 Zen and the Study of Confucianism (<i>Selection from</i> Zen and Its Influence on Japanese Culture)
- 13 What Is Religion?
- 14 <i>Selections from</i> Japanese Spirituality
- 15 Tea-Room Meditations
- 16 <i>Selections from</i> Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series)
- 17 The Predicament of Modern Man
- 18 The Analytic and Synthetic Approach to Buddhism
- 19 The Answer Is in the Question
- 20 The Hands
- 21 Letter to Mr. Tatsuguchi
- 22 <i>Review of</i> Meditation and Piety in the Far East
- 23 <i>Selections from</i> Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist
- 24 Love and Power
- 25 Letter to Thomas Merton
- 26 Wisdom in Emptiness
- 27 Open Letter to President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev
- 28 Buddhism and Other Religions
- 29 Religion and Drugs
- Glossary of Chinese and Japanese Terms
- (p.157) 20 The Hands
- Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
- Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
- University of California Press
This chapter contains an essay by D. T. Suzuki in which he discusses the significance of “hands” in a contemplative, poetic manner using parables from Zen literature and ideas from the poet and painter William Blake that oppose the “mechanization” of human minds. Suzuki explains how hands and consciousness function together. He argues that hands communicate the essence of spirit whereas machines are functions of the intellect. Suzuki concludes this essay by focusing on the goddess of mercy, Kannon, who possesses one thousand arms representing loving kindness and helps sentient beings; this emphasizes the loving and creative function of the hands.
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