READING GROUP: Suzuki on Eckhart

28 Aug


This Summer we are turning to the under-studied tradition of the Kyoto School, a 20th century Japanese philosophical movement which sought to bring together Zen and Pure Land Buddhism with German Idealism and Existentialism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

September 1 — Suzuki on Meister Eckhart

  • Suzuki, D. T., Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist, Chapter 2

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online


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As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.


  • September 17 +24, 8:00-9:30pm, An Introduction to Karl Marx. A reading group of Marx’s “Value, Price, and Profit” hosted by the Pittsburgh DSA Political Education committee. Register:


Mahāyāna Buddhism

  • June 30 — Mahāyāna Buddhism
    • Nāgārjuna, The Dialectical Philosophy of Nāgārjuna (Vigrahavyavartani), pp.5-48
    • Optional: Silk, Jonathan A. “Mahayana Buddhism” Encyclopedia Britannica
  • July 7 — The Zen and Shin Schools of Mahāyāna
    • Suzuki, D. T., An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, Chapters I-IV
    • Suzuki, D. T., “Apropos of Shin Buddhism” in Franck, The Buddha Eye

Knowledge and Experience

  • July 14 — Nishida on Experience
    • Nishida Kitarō, An Inquiry into the Good, Part I
  • July 21 —  Nishida on Epistemology
    • Nishida Kitarō, Intelligibility and the Philosophy of Nothingness, Part I
  • July 28 — Hajime on Metanoetics
    • Hajime Tanabe, Philosophy of Metanoetics, Chapter 1

Nothingness and Nihilism

  • August 4 — Nishitani on Nothingness
    • Nishitani, Religion and Nothingness, Chapter 1
  • August 11 — Nishitani on Nihilism
    • Nishitani, The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism, Chapters 1, 9
  • August 18 — Abe on Zen and Non-Being
    • Abe Masao, Zen and Western Thought, Chapters 4-5

Interreligious Dialogue

  • August 25 — Hajime on Christianity and Marxism
    • Hajime Tanabe, “Christianity, Marxism, and Japanese Buddhism in Anticipation of a Second Religious Reformation”
  • September 1 — Suzuki on Meister Eckhart
    • Suzuki, D. T., Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist, Chapter 2
  • September 8 — Ueda on Meister Eckhart
    • Ueda Shizuteru, “Nothingness in Meister Eckhart and Zen Buddhism” in Franck, The Buddha Eye

Kyoto School Nationalism

  • September 15 — The Question of Nationalism
    • Rude Awakenings: “Kyoto Philosophy—Intrinsically Nationalistic?”; “The Chuõkõron Discussions Their Background and Meaning”; and “Questioning Nationalism Now and Then: A Critical Approach to Zen and the Kyoto School”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

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