Beyond Zen: D. T. Suzuki and the Modern Transformation of Buddhism
- 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, EditorJohn Breen is emeritus professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.
Sueki Fumihiko, EditorSueki Fumihiko is emeritus professor at Tokyo University and at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.
Yamada Shōji, EditorYamada Shōji is professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.