Separate but One: D. T. Suzuki’s Presentation of the Myōkōnin and Japanese Religious Sensibility. D. T. Suzuki is famous in the West for his introduction of Zen Buddhism in English, but toward the end of his life he became interested in Shin Buddhism. In the mid-1940s, Suzuki wrote several works in which he argued that the myōkōnin, unlettered but insightful followers of Shin Buddhism, were the pinnacle of Japanese religious sensibility. This talk introduces the major features of Suzuki’s presentation of these figures as individuals with profound awareness of the Buddhist truth. Rev. Conway is currently a lecturer in the Shin Buddhist Studies Department at Otani University in Kyoto. Before that, he was the managing editor of The Eastern Buddhist, a journal that was founded by D. T. Suzuki and others in 1921. There is no fee to attend, but donations are appreciated, to register click here.
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