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Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

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A distinguished Buddhist scholar and philosopher of religion, D. T. Suzuki was instrumental in advancing Western awareness of Zen wisdom.

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Publisher's Synopsis
In this volume, he contrasts the mystic qualities of Buddhism with those of Christianity — expressing the latter through the writings of Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). Suzuki discusses the unique qualities of Eckhart's form of Christianity and describes the Dominican's attempts to reconcile his own experiences and their esoteric meanings with the customary teachings and practices of Christianity as well as his ventures into previously unexplored fields.

The author draws parallels and notes disparities between Eckhart's philosophy and that of Buddhism, encompassing the views of both schools of thought on such concepts as infinity, eternity, and the transmigration of souls. Teachers and students of religion will appreciate this thought-provoking and inspirational union of Eastern and Western philosophy.

Reviews
"In meeting him one seemed to meet that 'True Man of No Title' that Chuang Tzu and the Zen Masters speak of. And of course this is the man one really wants to meet. Who else is there? In meeting Dr. Suzuki and drinking a cup of tea with him I felt I had met this one man. It was like finally arriving at one’s home town."     ~Thomas Merton

"East’ll meet West anyway. Think what a great world revolution will take place when East meets West finally, and it’ll be guys like us that can start the thing."      ~Jack Kerouac

Excerpt
"In fact, this Suchness, or ‘is-ness' (isticheit) in Eckhart’s terminology, defies all characteristic or denotation. No words can express what it is, but as words are the only instrument given us human beings to communicate our thought, we have to use words, with this caution: Nothing is available for our mysticism: christian and buddhist purpose; to say ‘not available’ (anupalabda in Sanskrit and puk’otê in Chinese) is not to the point either. Nothing is acceptable. To say it is, is already negating itself. Suchness transcends everything, it has no moorings. No concepts can reach it, no understanding can grasp it. Therefore, it is called pure experience."

Biography
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki was a renowned Buddhist scholar largely responsible for the popularity of Buddhism in the West. He was born in 1870 in North Japan. As a disciple to Zen masters at Engakuji Monastery in Kamakura, he received the name Daisetz (“great humility”) as a mark of enlightenment. He wrote over twenty books in English, and a similar number in Japanese. He lectured and taught in the United States, Europe and Japan. He died in 1966.

Author Suzuki, D.T.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 240 pp.
Publisher Dover Publications 2002
Browse these categories as well: Syncretism and the Perennial Philosophy, Mystic and Esoteric Christianity, Shinran and the Pure Land School, Eastern Buddhism and Zen Masters, Western Buddhism, Noteworthy Releases 2002

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