Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Monday, August 15, 1966

Genjo Koan

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

Suzuki-roshi: The second paragraph [of the Genjo Koan]:

That we move ourselves and understand all things is ignorance. That things advance and understand themselves is enlightenment. It is Buddha who understand ignorance. It is people who are ignorant of ignor- [partial word]-enlightenment. Further, there are those who are enlightened about enlightenment, and those who are ignorant of ignorance. [Recording stops.][1]

Tape operator: Uh, what would you like me to say into the MORE ...

Lunch Lecture

[mic noise}-cannot appreciate our teaching in its true sense. When you listen to the teaching, our teaching, we should accept it, but if you have some prejudice, you cannot accept the teaching. So do

sound problem

Intellectual Understanding

For us to think everything out or else we-we find it pretty difficult to have firm conviction in our understanding and practice Zen. Originally Zen is not some practice based on some particular intellectual teaching or understanding. But Buddhism is one of the religions which is highly intellectualized. So for us, especially for us who are much intellectualized, even though each one of us is not so highly intellectualized, but you read and what you hear is based on some highly intellectualized thought.

So what we talk about, what we read is based on some intellectual-intellectual, deep understanding of-of our life and MORE ...

Sesshin: Lecture

The first day of the sesshin is almost finished. In the first day, I wanted you to establish a good posture. It is rather-it was not appropriate to give you some-something to work on intellectually, but as you have been physically worked so hard, so for change I'll give you some intellectual problems in Buddhism.

We are now coping with the problem of causality. This-I think [2 words] must have told you something about this, I think. But this problem is very big problem. So big that it covers all the area of Buddhist philosophy. The one of the philosophy which suggest us MORE ...


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