By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
One of many world’s best specialists on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki was once the writer of greater than 100 works at the topic in either jap and English, and used to be so much instrumental in bringing the lessons of Zen Buddhism to the eye of the Western international. Written in a full of life, available, and easy demeanour, An advent to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the intense pupil and layperson alike. Suzuki presents a whole imaginative and prescient of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment via many platforms of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword by means of the well known psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this quantity has been more often than not said a vintage advent to the topic for a few years. It presents, in addition to Suzuki’s Essays and handbook of Zen Buddhism, a framework for dwelling a balanced and fulfilled lifestyles via Zen.
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VARIETY OF STATEMENTS Whether studying in groups or travelling to the East, or whether otherwise engaged, I note that not many people seem to heed a wide enough variety of Sufi statements. One such which would repay deeper study before searching is the advice of the iUuminate Mumshad Dinwari: * You learn, he says, by association with a realised teacher. But you can gain nothing from such a person if you bring a sense of personal pride. The widespread compulsion to do things for which one is not fitted, and also to assume that one's choice of action is appropriate, is seen everywhere, in all epochs.
Wherever there is a source of attraction, people will surround it, in accordance with their nature. I say, 'in accordance with their nature' because human beings resemble animals in being attracted to the aspect of things which immediately attracts them. As with animals, sometimes these things are suitable for them, sometimes not. Let me be more specific. You hear about a teaching and what you hear attracts you. Or perhaps you want to find out more about it. This means, to you, that you should with the least delay make a contact with this teaching.
T H E P R I E S T AND T H E P U B L I C People mistake information for knowledge, and one indication for another. This is mainly because they generally do not know what they want, and often think that they want something when they do not. This difficulty besets all kinds of activities in the West. I have recently been talking to the priest in charge of a church in a new town development. He had carried out a careful poll of what his new parishioners wanted, what kinds of sermons, how they are to be delivered, what subjects they were interested in.
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki