This first complete English translation of two works by Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki introduces Emanuel Swedenborg and compares Swedenborgian thought to Buddhism. The first work stresses Swedenborg’s message that true spirituality demands an engagement in this world; the second compares Swedenborg’s description of heaven to the paradise of Pure Land Buddhism.

About the Author

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki(1870-1966) is credited with introducing the West to Zen Buddhism. Suzuki pursued his religious and philosophical studies at Tokyo University. After a ten-year sojourn in the United States, where he worked as an editor of Oriental Studies for Open Court Press, Suzuki returned to his native Japan where he undertook the translation of Swedenborg’s works into Japanese. Throughout his long life, this Buddhist scholar taught at colleges in Japan, the United States, and Europe, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford. His works are collected in the 32-volume Suzuki Daisetsu Zenshu. Among his works available in English are Essays in Zen BuddhismMysticism: Christian and Buddhist, and Zen and Japanese Culture.


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About the Swedenborg Studies Series

Swedenborg Studies is a scholarly series published by the Swedenborg Foundation. The primary purpose of the series is to make materials available for understanding the life and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and the impact his thought has had on others. The Foundation undertakes to publish original studies and English translations and to republish primary sources that are otherwise difficult to access.

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