Inventory of the D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection, 2003-2010
D.T. Suzuki was a scholar of Zen Buddhism, often attributed with introducing Zen to the West. He was born in Japan in 1870, and after working as a translater in the United States, began writing books and essays about Zen. He spent much of his life traveling around the United States speaking about Eastern religions and teaching at Columbia University. An enormously influential figure, he is cited by artists and thinkers as disparate as Carl Jung and John Cage as an important influence on thier work.
The D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection is comprised of taped material, amassed by Michael Goldberg in the making of his documentary A Zen Life - D.T. Suzuki. It consists of a series of interviews conducted between the years 2002 and 2005, as well as a lecture given at Tokyo University by Prof. Brian Victoria.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection, 2002-2005
- Language of Material
- English,, Japanese
- 4.5 Linear Feet, 35 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
The D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection consists of 35 Digital Betacam (Digibeta) cassette tapes, along with DVD use copies, of interviews and one lecture concerning the life and work of D.T. Suzuki.
The tapes are arranged alphabetically by name of the individual granting the interview or delivering the lecture. The interviews were conducted between the years 2002 and 2005 by Michael Goldberg in the making of his film, A Zen Life - D.T. Suzuki. The subjects of the interviews include Suzuki's professional colleagues, family members of friends of Suzuki, Zen religious leaders and thinkers, and those who have been influenced by Suzuki's work. They were conducted primarily in the United States and Japan. The lecture, entitled D.T. Suzuki and Japanese Militarism, was given by Brian Victoria, a professor of Buddhist studies at Tokyo University in 2004.
Collection is open for research.
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Contains Digibeta tapes of a series of interviews and one lecture concerning D.T. Suzuki's life and work. DVD duplication masters are in Box 1.
Daisetz Teitaro (D.T) Suzuki was a Japanese author often credited with introducing Zen Buddhism to the west. Born in 1870, he was not himself a monk, but he had a deep understanding of Eastern and Western religions. He began as a translator, working with Dr. Paul Carus to translate the Tao Te Ching from ancient Chinese, but it was not long before he began writing his voluminous body of work. In his life he published over a hundred books and had a profound impact on a wide range of thinkers and artists, such as Carl Jung, John Cage, and Gary Snyder. His most famous work, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, was published in 1934. He died in 1966, after having spent years giving lectures around the United States and Europe and teaching at Columbia University from 1952 to 1957.
[Identification of item], D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in January 2010
Processed by Kevin Modestino, July 2010
Encoded by Kevin Modestino, July 2010
Accession 2009-0237 is described in this finding aid.
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