Saturday, December 22, 2007

DT Suzuki documentary

Many remember the thrill Thomas Merton had in going to see Suzuki. This
seems to be a good film on Suzuki. (Dan)

"A ZEN LIFE - D.T. Suzuki" is a 77-minute documentary about Daisetz
Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966), credited with single-handedly introducing
Zen Buddhism to the West.

A strong advocate of cross-cultural and inter-faith communication, D.T.
Suzuki 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 serve as an
inspiration even today. Dr. Suzuki message is all the more important
now, in light of contemporary conflicts stemming from divergent ways of

Gary Snyder calls Dr. Suzuki "probably the most culturally significant
Japanese person in international terms, in all of history."

Daisetz Suzuki has said of Thomas Merton that he was the Westerner who
best understood Zen.

Along with Gary Snyder, there are exclusive interviews of many people,
respected in their own right, who encountered D.T. Suzuki in person,
including Huston Smith, Mihoko Okamura, Dr. Albert Stunkard, Fr. William
Johnston, Robert Aitken, Donald Richie, Wm. Theodore de Bary, and rare
footage of Thomas Merton, John Cage, Erich Fromm, and Suzuki himself.

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 never before published.

"A ZEN LIFE - D.T. Suzuki" can be pre-ordered at:
Individual price (for personal use): US$40.00
Institutional price (for internal use only): US$150
Shipping & handling: $5 for 1st DVD plus $2 for each additional DVD.
Delivery in February 2008.

For public showing permission or other information concerning the DT
Suzuki Documentary Project, please contact:


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