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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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Letter to Thomas Merton

Letter to Thomas Merton

(p.199) 25 Letter to Thomas Merton
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains D. T. Suzuki's letter to the American Trappist monk Thomas Merton dated March 31, 1959. In the letter, Suzuki is requesting Merton to send the manuscript for his book The Wisdom of the Desert so that Suzuki can go over it. Suzuki also tells Merton that he is presently involved in writing more books on Zen, which he says is misunderstood by American and European writers. According to Suzuki, grasping Zen thoroughly requires a certain course of discipline as well as the reading knowledge of Japanese and Chinese literature on the subject. He also mentions his lectures in Mexico and his efforts to write his views on Christianity.

Keywords:   letter, D. T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, Zen, lectures, Mexico, Christianity

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