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D.T. Suzuki at the World Congress of Faiths in 1936: An Analysis of His Presentation at the Interfaith Conference
Author Moriya, Tomoe (著)=守屋友江 (au.)
Source Journal of Religion in Japan
Volumev.10 n.2-3 Special Issue
Date2021.07
Pages135 - 160
PublisherBrill
Publisher Url http://www.brill.com/
LocationLeiden, the Netherlands [萊登, 荷蘭]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Language英文=English
Note1. Special Issue: Japanese Buddhism in Europe—Part 1

2. Author Affiliation: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture.
KeywordD.T. Suzuki; World Congress of Faiths; Western perception of Buddhism; interfaith dialogue; Dunhuang manuscripts; Senzaki Nyogen
AbstractThis paper examines the speeches that D.T. Suzuki presented at the World Congress of Faiths in London in 1936 and analyzes his interactions with Buddhists, sympathizers, and critics in the West during the interwar period. It will uncover how various reactions and historical contexts constructed Suzuki’s discourses, which prepared Suzuki for popularizing Zen in postwar Western countries. Compared to his early years and post-1949 lectures in the United States, as well as his English publications on Mahayana Buddhism, his half-year journey through Europe in 1936 is understudied. With limited access to primary sources in Japanese and English, previous studies tended to label him a “nationalist.” Instead, I analyze Suzuki’s discourses and other newly discovered primary sources from a historical perspective. Through this analysis, this paper will clarify Suzuki’s scheme to present Mahayana Buddhism, particularly Zen, to Westerners during the interwar period.
Table of contentsAbstract 135
Keywords 135
1 Introduction 135
2 Background of the Interfaith Conference 136
3 Address on “Ignorance” 139
4 Suzuki and the Western Perception of Buddhism 145
5 Conclusion 151
Acknowledgments 154
Abbreviation 155
References 155


ISSN22118330 (P); 22118349 (E)
DOI10.1163/22118349-01002001
Hits260
Created date2023.09.14
Modified date2023.09.14



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