D. T. Suzuki

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Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木 大拙 Suzuki Daisetsu, October 18, 1870July 12, 1966) was a famous Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature.


  • Enlightenment is like everyday consciousness but two inches above the ground.
    • As quoted in Root (2001)

About D. T. Suzuki

  • Suzuki's works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism… We cannot be sufficiently grateful to the author, first for the fact of his having brought Zen closer to Western understanding, and secondly for the manner in which he has achieved this task.
    • Carl Jung, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, Foreword by C. Jung. New York: Grove Press, p.9. (1964)
  • Though perhaps less universally known than such figures as Einstein or Gandhi (who became symbols of our time) Daisetz Suzuki was no less remarkable a man than these. And though his work may not have had such resounding and public effect, he contributed no little to the spiritual and intellectual revolution of our time.
    • Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite. The Abbey of Gethsemani, New Directions, p. 59. (1968)
  • In the literature on Zen Buddhism, there are writers such as Suzuki, whose authenticity is beyond doubt--he speaks of what he has experienced. The very fact of this authenticity makes his books often difficult to read, because it is of the essence of Zen not to give answers that are rationally satisfying. There are some other books which seem to portray the thoughts of Zen properly, but whose authors are mere intellectuals whose experience is shallow. Their books are easier to understand, but they do not convey the essential quality of Zen.
    • Erich Fromm, The Art of Being. Continuum International Publishing Group, Chapter 1. (1994)

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