Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Wednesday, May 25, 1966

Sesshin Lecture: Genjo Koan, Paragraphs 1-2

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco[1]

The secret of all the teaching of Buddhism is how to live on each moment. Moment after moment we have to obtain the absolute freedom. And moment after moment, we exist in interdependency to past and future and other existence. So in short, to practice-if you practice zazen, concentrating yourself on your breathing moment after moment, that is how to keep precepts, how to have the actual understanding of Buddhist teaching, and how to help others, and how MORE ...

Thursday, May 26, 1966

Sesshin Lecture: Genjo Koan, Paragraphs 5-13

Thursday, May 26, 1966[1]

Sunday Morning

Page 2:[2]

Firewood turns into ash, and it does not turn into firewood again. But do not suppose that the ash is after and the firewood before. We must understand that firewood is at the stage of firewood, and there must-and there we find-there we find its before and after. And yet with this past and future, its present is MORE ...


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