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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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Love and Power

Love and Power

Chapter:
(p.194) 24 Love and Power
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/9780520269170.003.0024

This chapter contains an essay by D. T. Suzuki in which he expresses his views about love and power. More specifically, Suzuki argues that dualistic thoughts lead us to a destructive, arrogant concept of power which causes alienation, in contrast to love which is all-embracing and all-forgiving. According to Suzuki, love can be realized when the philosophy of the interrelatedness of things is rightly understood, and the idea of mutual relationship and consideration excludes the notion of power. Without love, one cannot see the infinitely expanding network of relationships which is reality. Suzuki concludes by insisting that we must die to the notion of power and conquest and be resurrected to the eternal creativity of love.

Keywords:   love, D. T. Suzuki, power, alienation, mutual relationship, conquest

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