An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

One of many world’s top professionals on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki used to be the writer of greater than 100 works at the topic in either eastern and English, and used to be such a lot instrumental in bringing the lessons of Zen Buddhism to the eye of the Western international. Written in a full of life, available, and simple demeanour, An advent to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the intense pupil and layperson alike. Suzuki presents an entire imaginative and prescient of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment via many structures of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword via the popular psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this quantity has been often said a vintage creation to the topic for a few years. It offers, besides Suzuki’s Essays and guide of Zen Buddhism, a framework for dwelling a balanced and fulfilled life via Zen.

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That is where the desires are true in so far as they are energy. It is the object which is unreal. But there is an unspeakable wrench in the soul at the separation of a desire from its object. If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire. If we long for a certain being (who is dead), we desire a particular, limited being; therefore, necessarily, a mortal, and we long for that special being ‘who’ . . ‘to whom’ . , in short that being who died at such and such a time on such and such a day.

The conflict between Israel and Rome, in which Nietzsche saw the duel of two irreconcilable conceptions of life, was reduced for Simone Weil to a struggle between two totalitarianisms of the same nature. It must however be emphasized that her antisemitism, which was so violent that the continuity established by the Church between the Old and New Testaments was one of the chief obstacles to her becoming a Catholic, was of a purely spiritual order and consequently had nothing in common with what goes by that name today.

To hurl ourselves upon this rock as though after a certain intensity of desire had been reached it could not exist any more. Or else to retreat as though we ourselves did not exist. Desire contains something of the absolute and if it fails (once its energy has been used up) the absolute is transferred to the obstacle. This produces the state of mind of the defeated, the oppressed. To grasp (in each thing) that there is a limit and that without supernatural help that limit cannot be passed—or only by very little and at the price of a terrible fall afterwards.

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