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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:24 pm    Post subject: Zen psychology: Daisetz Suzuki remembered Reply with quote
Here is a nice article from the Japan Times on Daisetz Suzuki, Zen teacher, on the 55th anniversery of his death.

The story states that he descended from a long line of physicians of the samurai class which I did not realize.

Here is an interesting excerpt from the article about D.T. Suzuki's idea on swordsmanship and the tea ceremony in relation to Zen.

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As for swordsmanship, Suzuki contended that in feudal times, Japanese warriors were taught by Zen masters not to learn scholarly doctrines, but to develop a specific mental attitude: fearlessness before their possible death in battle. The 16th-century Zen master Takuan also taught his disciple Yagyu Tajima no Kami (swordsmanship teacher to the shogun of his day): "What is most important in the art of swordplay is to acquire . . . 'immovable wisdom.' 'Immovable' does not mean to be stiff and heavy . . . It means the highest degree of motility with a center which remains immovable . . . You must leave your mind free to make its own countermovement without your interfering deliberation."

Finally, Suzuki contended that the Japanese tea ceremony, so integral and favored part of its culture — and similar to other long-standing artistic activities as flower arranging — embodies the spirit of sabi by emphasizing such elements as simplicity, naturalness, refinement and "familiarity singularly tinged with aloofness and everyday commonness veiled exquisitely with the mist of transcendental inwardness."


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