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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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Religion and Drugs

Religion and Drugs

(p.233) 29 Religion and Drugs
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 tackles the practical connection between religion and drugs, especially the so-called mystical drugs. In discussing the problem of religion and psychedelic drugs, Suzuki argues that the aim of religion has to do with “the true man” himself, and not with the phenomenal world which is objectively experienced by the man. He cites a sermon by Rinzai Gigen (Linji Yixuan), a Chinese Zen master of the Tang dynasty (618–907), about “the true man of no rank” and claims that rules and regulations originate from the true man and his behavior. Suzuki also comments on psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, “Zen scholars,” and others who hang idly about the world of drugs wandering in and out of a hallucinatory state.

Keywords:   religion, D. T. Suzuki, drugs, mystical drugs, psychedelic drugs, true man, Rinzai Gigen, Zen

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