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Daisetsu Teitarō Suzuki

Data de nascimento: 18. Outubro 1870
Data de falecimento: 12. Julho 1966

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki foi um famoso autor japonês de livros sobre Budismo, Zen e Jodo Shinshu e responsável, em grande parte, pela introdução destas filosofias no ocidente. Suzuki também foi um prolífico tradutor de literatura chinesa, japonesa e sânscrita. Passou períodos longos ensinando ou dando palestras em universidades do ocidente e devotou vários anos a seu professorado numa universidade budista japonesa, Otani. Continuou leigo até o fim da vida, nunca fazendo os votos monásticos para tornar-se monge.


„Os guerreiros possuem apenas um objetivo em vista: lutar, sem nem olhar para trás ou para os lados. Irem sempre em frente para destruir o inimigo é tudo o que precisam.“

„Quando você sofre, mais profundamente seu caráter se desenvolve, e com o aprofundamento do seu caráter você compreende mais intensamente os segredos da vida.“


„Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.“

„Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?“ Zen and Japanese Culture

„The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.“

„God against man. Man against God. Man against nature. Nature against man. Nature against God. God against nature. Very funny religion!“

„Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious.“

„the intuitive recognition of the instant, thus reality... is the highest act of wisdom“


„Modern life seems to recede further and further away from nature, and closely connected with this fact we seem to be losing the feeling of reverence towards nature. It is probably inevitable when science and machinery, capitalism and materialism go hand in hand so far in a most remarkably successful manner. Mysticism, which is the life of religion in whatever sense we understand it, has come to be relegated altogether in the background. Without a certain amount of mysticism there is no appreciation for the feeling of reverence, and, along with it, for the spiritual significance of humility. Science and scientific technique have done a great deal for humanity; but as far as our spiritual welfare is concerned we have not made any advances over that attained by our forefathers. In fact we are suffering at present the worst kind of unrest all over the world.“ The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk

„When mountain-climbing is made too easy, the spiritual effect the mountain exercises vanishes into the air.“ The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk

„If there is anything Zen strongly emphasizes it is the attainment of freedom; that is, freedom from all unnatural encumbrances. Meditation is something artificially put on; it does not belong to the native activity of the mind. Upon what do the fowls of the air meditate? Upon what do the fish in the water meditate? They fly; they swim. Is not that enough? Who wants to fix his mind on the unity of God and man, or on the nothingness of life? Who wants to be arrested in the daily manifestations of his life-activity by such meditations as the goodness of a divine being or the everlasting fire of hell?“ An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

„The idea of Zen is to catch life as it flows. There is nothing extraordinary or mysterious about Zen. I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of the desk; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighbouring wood: — in all these I am practising Zen, I am living Zen. No wordy discussions is necessary, nor any explanation. I do not know why — and there is no need of explaining, but when the sun rises the whole world dances with joy and everybody’s heart is filled with bliss. If Zen is at all conceivable, it must be taken hold of here.“ An Introduction to Zen Buddhism


„We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.“ An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

„When a thing is denied, the very denial involves something not denied.“ An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

„However insistently the blind may deny the existence of the sun, they cannot annihilate it.“

„The way to ascend unto God is to descend into one's self"; -- these are Hugo's words. "If thou wishest to search out the deep things of God, search out the depths of thine own spirit";“ An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

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