This is a very warm tribute by Michael Oldenberg, to one of the most influential Buddhist writers of the 20th century, D. T. Suzuki (1870-1966), who brought the teachings of Zen to the States and wrote nearly 100 books explaining Buddhist teachings.
The film includes interviews with Suzuki and with his close associates which reads almost like a Who’s Who of American Buddhism, including Robert Aitken, Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, and many others, as well as people he had a great influence on such as Thomas Merton, John Cage, Erich Fromm and others.
The documentary which has been comprehensively compiled from many sources traces Suzuki’s life from his childhood to his death in the mid-60s, and gives expression to his ideas and philosophy. The most impressive thing though seems to have been his ability to live the teachings he expoused, and he seems to have been as peaceful and wise as the teachings themselves.
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