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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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Buddhism and Other Religions

Buddhism and Other Religions

(p.230) 28 Buddhism and Other Religions
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 relationship of Buddhism to other religions primarily in negative terms—that is, by enumerating aspects of its teaching distinct from those of Abrahamic religions. Suzuki first talks about the attitude of Buddhism toward other religious teachings as well as the teaching of Buddhism in relation to enlightenment. He then addresses the question of whether Buddhism is a nihilistic, atheistic, ultralatitudinarian religion that ignores all moral laws and normative principles. He argues that the Buddhist relationship to other faiths or religions is always characterized by a spirit of tolerance and broad-mindedness and cooperation. According to Suzuki, Buddhism will continue to exercise this all-comprehensive spirit of friendliness regardless of the situation it may find itself.

Keywords:   enlightenment, D. T. Suzuki, Buddhism, religion, religious teachings, tolerance, cooperation

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