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Guide to the D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection, 2002-2005

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project collection
Creator
Goldberg, Michael
Extent
4.5 Linear feet, 3 boxes, 35 digibeta tapes, DVD user copies
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

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.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Use copies are available in the collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. Consequently, there may be a 24-hour delay in obtaining these materials.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Interviews, 2002-2005

4.5 linear feet
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 12
(01:29:19)

Aitken Roshi, Robert: interview at his home, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003, June 12 (1 of 2)

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 12
(01:24:42)

Aiken Roshi, Robert: interview at his home, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003, June 12 (2 of 2)

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 March 7
(01:10:58)

Bando, Shojun: interview at Hoonju Temple, Ueno, Tokyo, 2003, Mar. 7

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, undated
(00:28:08)

Carus, Alwin, Blouke Carus, and Edward Carus Jr.: interviews in LaSalle and Peru Ill. and Honolulu, Hawaii, undated

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 September 16
(00:21:31)

Dalenberg, Claude Ananda: interview in his home, San Francisco, Calif., 2004, Sept. 16

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 20
(00:39:01)

de Bary, William Theodore: interview at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 2003, June 20

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 11
(00:40:11)

Edel, Marjorie: interview at her retirement home, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003, June 11

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 17
(00:41:28)

Foster Roshi, Nelson: interview at Ring of Bone Zendo, Nevada City, Calif., 2003, June 17

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 21
(01:10:13)

Franck, Frederick: interview at Pacem in Terris, Warwick, N.Y., 2003, June 21

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2002 August 31
(01:35:35)

Hayashida, Kumino: interview at her daughter's home, Yokohama, Japan, 2002, Aug. 31 (1 of 2)

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2002 August 31
(01:23:32)

Hayashida, Kumino: interview at her daughter's home, Yokohama, Japan, 2002, Aug. 31 (2 of 2)

Box 1
Original digibeta master tape, 2005 February 11
(00:16:48)

Hino, Kenshi: interview at Saishoji Temple, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, 2005, Feb. 11

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 January 20
(00:37:55)

Hinohara, Shigeaki, M.D.: interview at St. Lukes Internation Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 2003, Jan. 20

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2002 May 24
(00:49:07)

Inoue, Zenjo: interview at Tokeiji Temple, Kita-Kamakura, Japan. 2002, May 24

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 14
(00:56:03)

Ishiura, Newton: interview in Sacramento, Calif. 2003, June 14

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 March 26
(00:20:22)

Johnston, William, S.J.: interview at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 2004, Mar. 26

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 March 26
(00:27:40)

Kadowaki, Kakichi: interview at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 2004, Mar. 26

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2002 August 11-13
(01:45:04)

Kano, Hakuo: interviews at his home near Mt. Hiei, Shiga, Japan, 2002, Aug. 11, 2003 Apr. 13

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 September 16
(00:19:29)

Kyger, Joanne: interview at her home, Bolinas, Calif., 2004, Sept. 16

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 23
(01:37:37)

Mitchell, Elsie: interview at her home, Cambridge, Mass., 2003, June 23

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 April 7
(00:43:37)

Nishimura, Eshin: interview at Hanazono University, Kyoto, Japan, 2003, Apr. 7

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 March 4
(00:54:44)

Oda, Hiroko: interview at her apartment, Tokyo, Japan, 2003, Mar. 4

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2005 February 13
(00:56:23)

Okamura, Mihoko: interview at Heian Kaikan, Kyoto, Japan, 2005, Feb. 13

Box 2
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 March 18
(00:21:46)

Richie, Donald: interview at Enkakuji Temple, Kita-Kamakura, Japan, 2004, Mar. 18

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 April 13
(00:43:19)

Sakamoto, Hiromu: interview at his home, Kyoto, Japan, 2003, Apr. 13

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 September 26, 2005 December 10
(01:43:28)

Sato, Taira Kemmyo: interviews at Three Wheels Temple, London, UK, and Shogyoji Temple, Kyushu, Japan, 2004, Sept. 26 and 2005, Dec. 10

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 15
(00:58:26)

Smith, Huston: interview at his home, Berkeley, Calif., 2003, June 15 (1 of 2)

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 15
(00:34:44)

Smith, Huston: interview at his home, Berkeley, Calif., 2003, June 15 (2 of 2)

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 17
(01:22:22)

Synder, Gary: interview at his home, Nevada City, Calif., 2003, June 17

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 19
(01:54:38)

Stunkard, Albert, M.D.: interview at The University of Pennsyvannia School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 2003, June 19 (1 of 2)

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 June 19
(00:24:27)

Stunkard, Albert, M.D.: interview at The University of Pennsyvannia School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 2003, June 19 (2 of 2)

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2003 October 25
(00:54:41)

Tamaru, Noriyoshi: interview at Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan, 2003, Oct. 25

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 June 14
(01:29:31)

Victoria, Brian: lecture, "D.T. Suzuki and Japanese Militarism," at Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 2004, June 14 (1 of 2)

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 June 14
(01:37:44)

Victoria, Brian: lecture, "D.T. Suzuki and Japanese Militarism," at Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 2004, June 14 (2 of 2)

Box 3
Original digibeta master tape, 2004 May 29
(00:21:11)

Victoria, Brian: interview at Uchiyama Gudo's grave, Rinsenji Temple, Hakone, Japan, 2004, May 29

Box 3

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], D.T. Suzuki Documentary Project Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Processing Information

Processed by Kevin Modestino, July 2010

Encoded by Kevin Modestino, July 2010

Updated by Craig Breaden, September 2013

Accession 2009-0237 is described in this finding aid.

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