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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269194

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269194.001.0001

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The Koan and The Five Steps

The Koan and The Five Steps

(p.164) 11 The Koan and The Five Steps
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume I

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

Presented at a conference on Zen Buddhism and psychoanalysis held by Eric Fromm, in this essay, D. T. Suzuki interprets the nature of Rinzai Zen practice using the language of 1950s psychoanalysis and points out the differences between Zen practice and psychoanalysis. Suzuki also uses the famous “Five Steps/Five Positions” (goi) to clarify the nature of awakening in Zen Buddhism.

Keywords:   Zen Buddhism, psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, koan, Five Positions, goi

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