D.T. Suzuki - A Japanese scholar and author of books and essays on Buddhism and Zen. He had a leading role in bringing Zen to America. He spent 10+ years in American from about 1897 to 1907 before returning to Japan. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western universities, and devoted many years to a professorship at Ōtani University, a Japanese Buddhist school. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.

Shunryu Suzuki - A Zen monk who came to America and founded the first Zen Buddhist monastery in America. A book of his teachings, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, is a classic of Zen Buddhism.