Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Friday, September 01, 1967

The Threefold Body of Buddha


Student: Please come up front if you'd like.

Suzuki-roshi: Yeah, please come nearer.

Student: Those in the back come up to the front, please.

Suzuki-roshi: Tonight my talk will be quite informal. You are, of course, interested in Zen. But Zen is also Buddhism, you know. So it is necessary for you to understand Buddhism in general. Although it will not help you-my talk will not help you immediately, but it is necessary for you to have some understanding MORE ...

Friday, September 08, 1967



Tonight I want to give you a correct idea of Buddhism or Zen. In a word, Zen is the teaching or practice of seeing "things as it is" or accepting "things as it is" and of raising things as they go. This is the fundamental purpose of our practice and the meaning of Zen. But it is, actually, rather difficult to see "things as it is." You may say you are seeing "things as it is," but actually, you do not see "things as it is." I don't mean that it is a distortion of sight, such as when something of one shape looks shorter than something of another shape. I mean that, as soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is already it is not just what MORE ...


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