To Daisetz T. Suzuki
Dear Professor Suzuki, 22 September 1933
Being an admirer of your former work on Zen Buddhism, it has been a very great pleasure indeed to receive such a precious gift as your Essays in Zen Buddhism, Second Series.
Zen is a true goldmine for the needs of the Western “psychologist.”
Formerly one would have called such a man a philosopher, but as you know, philosophy with us has been usurped by the philosophical departments of universities and thus removed from life.
But as souls could not be removed to the shelves of an academic science, people who by profession have to be busy with human souls, as for instance a nerve doctor like myself, have to concoct a philosophy of their own and they have to call it psychology for the reasons above mentioned.
My acquaintance with the classical works of the Far East has given me no end of support in my psychological endeavours.
Thus I feel deeply obliged to you for your kind and generous gift.
Most sincerely yours,
C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 127-128
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