Beyond Zen: D. T. Suzuki and the Modern Transformation of Buddhism

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Hardback: $68.00
ISBN-13: 9780824890117
Published: September 2022

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352 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Beyond Zen: D. T. Suzuki and the Modern Transformation of Buddhism is an accessible collection of multidisciplinary essays, which offer a genuinely new appraisal of the great Zen scholar-practitioner, D. T. Suzuki (1870–1966). Suzuki’s writings and lectures continue to exert a profound influence on how Zen, Buddhism more broadly, and indeed Japanese culture as a whole, are understood in the U.S., Europe, and across the globe.

    With the publication of Beyond Zen, we have at last in a single volume a comprehensive assessment of Suzuki that locates him and his legacy in the context of the turbulent age in which he lived. Now is the perfect moment for reflection and stock-taking. The fiftieth anniversary of Suzuki’s death passed just a few years ago, the copyright on his literary output has expired, and his selected works have recently been published by a major American university press.

    The work comprises twelve essays by some of the best Zen scholars in the world, Anglophone and Japanese, seasoned and young. They take a fresh look at Suzuki, his life and legacy, and their themes range broadly. Readers will find here explorations of Suzuki as he engaged with Zen and Mahāyāna Buddhism; nationalism and international relations; war and peace; religion, literature, and the media; the individual and society; and family, friends, and animals. Beyond Zen is structured chronologically to reveal the development in Suzuki’s thought during his long and eventful life. All in all, this collection offers a compelling, provocative, and multidimensional reappraisal of an extraordinary man and his times.

  • About the Author(s)
    • John Breen, Editor

      John Breen is emeritus professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.
    • Sueki Fumihiko, Editor

      Sueki Fumihiko is emeritus professor at Tokyo University and at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.
    • Yamada Shōji, Editor

      Yamada Shōji is professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.