Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Monday, February 01, 1965

Dai-Ryu's Immutable Law-Body (Blue Cliff Record #82)

Introductory Word:

Introducing En-go said; Only a man with open eyes knows the catgut line of the fishing rod. Only an advanced mind catches the true idea of the extraordinary procedure. What is the catgut line of the fishing rod and the extraordinary procedure?

Main Subject:

Attention! A monk asked Dai-ryu, "The physical body is disintegrating, but what about the immutable spiritual body?"


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Thursday, April 01, 1965

Yu-Ma's "The Doctrine of Attaining Non-Duality" (Blue Cliff Record #84)

This Model Subject is about the Yui-ma-kyo (the Vimalakirti-nirdesa Sutra). This sutra is as famous as the Sho-man-gyo (the Srimala-simha-nada Sutra). Both sutras relate stories reputed to have taken place during the MORE ...

Thursday, July 01, 1965

Blue Cliff Record #86

Unmon Bunen (?-949) was a disciple of Seppo and founder of the Unmon School, one of five schools of Chinese Zen Buddhism (Rinzai, Igyo, Unmon, Hogen, and Soto).

During the political confusion at the end of the Tang Dynasty all the major schools of Chinese Buddhism (Tendai, Hosso, Ritsu, and Shingon) were in decline, except Zen, which was strengthened by the persecutions and the difficulty in traveling to escape persecution and to visit and to visit various Zen Masters. The hard practice of Sep-po and Un-mon during that time has been and still MORE ...

Monday, July 26, 1965

Sesshin Lecture

San Francisco

My talk is always-at the conclusion of my talk is always why we should practice zazen. Now this is not-my talk is not just cordial talk and, basically, my talk is based on Shobogenzo. Fortunately we have a system of-we have complete system-how to understand true religion. The true religion cannot be understood by philosophical way or scientific way. The only way to understand or to realize our true nature is just true practice. Without true practice it is impossible to realize our true nature. Of course, what we do, whether we are aware of it or not, what we do in our everyday life is based on true-our true nature. True nature drive MORE ...

Tuesday, July 27, 1965

Sesshin Lecture

For a long time after Renaissance, you have forgotten the value of religion. You try to exchange religion for, you know, science and philosophy. You-you are Christian [laughs], but actually what you have been doing is to replace [laughs] science to religion-to exchange science. And you wanted to establish, you know, human culture, which is quite free from [laughs] authority of religion. You have quite good reason [laughs] in your effort to try to exchange or try to reform your culture before it is too dark MORE ...

Friday, July 30, 1965

Sesshin Lecture

San Francisco

Tape Operator: This is the beginning of the 1 pm lecture, Friday.

Suzuki-roshi: If you have a question, please give me. I want to answer about what I told you during sesshin.

Student A: Sensei? I'd like to refer to a question someone else asked a couple of mornings ago, about helping other people. At that time you said that unless a person were enlightened, it wouldn't do much good to help other people. It seems to me that that would mean that probably most people in this room should not do anything for anyone else. I doubt we're all MORE ...

Saturday, August 28, 1965

One-Day Sesshin Lecture

San Francisco

Tape operator: This is the beginning of the-it will be that we missed this morning's lecture at 9, which was a good one, and this lecture is at-will be at one o'clock, and it's the-this is a one-day sesshin, August 28.

Suzuki-roshi: Confucius said the most visible is the something invisible. There are many proverb-Oriental proverb the same kind in Japanese: "A firefly, without voice, burns its body with enthusiasm, rather than cicada, which is noisy."[1] This is the same-same meaning. Firefly burns itself by its enthusiasm, rather than noisy MORE ...


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