By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
A textual content on Christian and Buddhist mysticism - DT Suzuki explores the closeness in taking into account Meister Eckhart with Mahayana Buddhism.
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What is universally recognised as Buddhist thought regardless of its varieties of interpretation is the doctrine of anatta¯ or ana¯tman, that is, the doctrine of non-ego. Its argument begins with the idea: (1) that all things are transient as they are composites (skandha or khandha) and go on disintegrating all the time, that there is nothing permanent; and (2) there is therefore nothing worth clinging to in this world where every one of us is made to undergo all kinds of sorrow and suﬀering. How do we escape from them?
And we see that self-identity is the mind going out of itself in order to see itself reﬂected in itself. Self-identity is the logic of pure experience or of ‘Emptiness’. In self-identity there are no contradictions whatever. Buddhists call this suchness. I once talked with a group of lovers of the arts on the Buddhist teaching of ‘Emptiness’ and Suchness, trying to show 25 26 mysticism: christian and buddhist how the teaching is related to the arts. The following is part of my talk. To speak the truth, I am not qualiﬁed to say anything at all about the arts, because I have no artistic instincts, no artistic education, and have not had many opportunities to appreciate good works of art.
This one, called Seccho (980–1052), was a great literary talent and his comments are put in a versiﬁed form full of poetic fantasies. Alluding to the Emperor Wu’s attempt to send a special envoy for Bodhidharma, who after the interview crossed the Yang-tzu Chiang and found a retreat somewhere in the North, the commentator goes on: ‘You [the Emperor Wu] may order all your subjects to fetch him [Bodhidharma], But he will never show himself up again! We are left alone for ages to come Vainly thinking of the irrevocable past.