25 Inspirational D.T. Suzuki Quotes

25 Inspirational D.T. Suzuki Quotes

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D.T. Suzuki was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963. Suzuki studied at the University of Tokyo. During his student years at Tokyo University, Suzuki took up Zen practice at Engaku-ji in Kamakura.

Below are Inspirational Quotes From D.T. Suzuki:


  1. “The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being, and to do so in the most direct way possible, without resorting to anything external or superadded.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “When consciousness is not housed in a particular object, we say that it resides where there is no permanent cloister.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “When mountain-climbing is made too easy, the spiritual effect the mountain exercises vanishes into the air.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “The intuitive recognition of the instant, thus reality is the highest act of wisdom.” D.T. Suzuki

5. “Perhaps there is after all nothing mysterious in Zen. Everything is open to your full view. If you eat your food and keep yourself cleanly dressed and work on the farm to raise your rice or vegetables, you are doing all that is required of you on this earth, and the infinite is realized in you.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “I am an artist at living – my work of art is my life.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “As far as the content goes, there is none in either Satori or Zen that can be described or presented or demonstrated for your intellectual appreciation.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “Zen professes to be the spirit of Buddhism, but in fact it is the spirit of all religions and philosophies. When Zen is thoroughly understood, absolute peace of mind is attained, and a man lives as he should live.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.” D.T. Suzuki

10. “However insistently the blind may deny the existence of the sun, they cannot annihilate it.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “When we start to feel anxious or depressed, instead of asking, What do I need to get to be happy? The question becomes, “What am I doing to disturb the inner peace that I already have?” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “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.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “Meditation is something artificially put on; it does not belong to the native activity of the mind.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “If there is anything Zen strongly emphasizes it is the attainment of freedom; that is, freedom from all unnatural encumbrances.” D.T. Suzuki

15. “In Zen, there is nothing to explain, nothing to learn, nothing to enrich human knowledge. If knowledge does not arise in man, it is not his own, it is like a borrowed foreign adornment.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “The finger pointing at the moon remains a finger and under no circumstances can it be changed into the moon itself.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “But nothing awakens religious consciousness like suffering.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “When a thing is denied, the very denial involves something not denied.” D.T. Suzuki

20. “No amount of wordy explanations will ever lead us into the nature of our own selves. The more you explain, the more it runs away from you. It’s like trying to get hold of your own shadow. You run after it and it runs with you at the same rate of speed.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “Birth in the Pure Land is an event that takes place while we are still living in this life.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “How hard, then, and yet how easy it is to understand Zen! Hard because to understand it is not to understand it; easy because not to understand it is to understand it.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” D.T. Suzuki


  1. “If a person opens his mouth to say affirmation or denial, he is lost. Zen is gone. But keeping silence does not go away.” D.T. Suzuki

25. “Zen perceives and feels, and does not abstract and meditate. Zen penetrates and is finally lost in the immersion.” D.T. Suzuki

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