Saturday, August 7, 2010

Absolute Simplicity: "Dai-setz" D. T. Suzuki

One of the most culturally significant Japanese in all of history, Daisetsu Teitarō Suzuki (October 18th,1870-July 12th,1966) introduced Zen and Far Eastern philosophy to the West at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. 

1893 Chicago World's Fair

Chicago 1893 Dedication Ceremony

Jackson Park, Chicago 1893

Ho-o-den 1893 Chicago

Throughout his long life, he helped explain through writings, lectures, and his own example the nature of the Zen Mind.

Mr. Suzuki also collected many important artifacts from Japan, some of which he gave to my shakuhachi teacher's family; a Myoan-ji Temple bell is still displayed and admired today. 

His generosity is remembered, and his legacy honored in these artistically rendered portraits: