A ZEN LIFE - D.T. Suzuki
is a 77-minute documentary by Michael Goldberg about Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
(1870-1966), credited with introducing Zen Buddhism to the West.
D.T. Suzuki had an excellent grasp of
written and spoken English, combined with an exhaustive
knowledge of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies. He
was highly successful at getting Westerners to appreciate the
Japanese mentality, and Japanese to understand Western logic.
The effect he had on Western psychoanalysis, philosophy,
religious thinking, and the arts was profound. His numerous
writings in English and Japanese serve as an inspiration even
Dr. Suzuki first lived in the United
States from 1897 to 1908. In 1911 he married an American,
Beatrice Lane, who helped him with his work until her death in
1939. After the War he traveled and taught extensively in the
United States and Europe. Of note is a series of very popular
open lectures he gave at Columbia University. Many renowned
Western philosophers, artists, and psychologists were affected
by his writings and friendship, including Carl Jung and Erich
Fromm, Christmas Humphries, Father Thomas Merton, Martin
Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Dr. Albert Stunkard, Alan Watts,
Richard De Martino, Robert Aitken, John Cage, Alan Ginsberg, and
We are pleased to announce that DVDs are
now available. The DVD contains an additional 10-minutes from a
hitherto unknown interview of Daisetz Suzuki by Huston Smith.
There is also a printed "Supplementary Text" inserted
in the case, with quotes from Dr. Suzuki's talks in English
never before published.
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