D. T. Suzuki

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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (October 18, 1870 – July 12, 1966) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. His American wife, Beatrice Lane Suzuki, was a member of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) and played an important role in Japanese Theosophy. Dr. Suzuki lived and worked for several years with Dr. Paul Carus of Open Court Publishing Company. They met at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, in 1893, and both also became close to Anagarika Dharmapala.

Dr. Suzuki wrote about Blavatsky's book The Voice of the Silence: "Undoubtedly Madame Blavatsky had in some way been initiated into the deeper side of Mahayana teaching and then gave out what she deemed wise to the Western world..."[1] He also commented: "Here is the real Mahayana Buddhism."[2][3]

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Articles and pamphlets


  1. Eastern Buddhist, old series, 5:377.
  2. The Middle Way (August 1965), 90.
  3. Buddhism and Theosophy at Wikipedia