Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Tuesday, April 08, 1969

The Only Desire that is Complete is Buddha's Desire

[Recently][1] I was talking about denial of, you know, desires. This is very confusing, you know-may be confusing. Our way is not asceticism, but actually, what we-if you read, you know, our precepts literally, there is no difference [laughs]. But what it means is completely different. What is the difference is what I want to talk about tonight. Or what is the difference between "to study" and "to listen to." "Go to the master and listen to what he says" and "to study." Or why you started to study Zen. There must be some reason why so many people come and-come to Zen Center and practice MORE ...

Saturday, April 19, 1969

Afternoon Sesshin Lecture

Ryogen-sensei: Good afternoon. Are you very tired in sesshin? ...

Suzuki-roshi: [Whispers 1-2 sentences in Japanese, presumably to Ryogen-sensei.]

It is already 3:30. I have twenty minutes more. [Laughs.] Twenty minutes more.

Actually, Zen is not something to talk [about], and also it is something to talk [about]. [Laughs.] If you understand Zen in that way, your understanding will be perfect. If someone ask you, "What is Zen?" you may say, "Whatever you say, that is Zen." [Laughs.] And you may say, at the same time, "Whatever you say, it is not MORE ...

Sunday, April 20, 1969

Why We Practice

It's-it is pretty difficult, but I will try-try to speak about purpose of our practice.

Before I try to explain our practice, I think I should explain why we practice, you know-why we should practice Zen when we have buddha-nature. And this is the great problem Dogen-zenji had. And he worked for this question before he went to China and met with Nyojo-zenji.[1]

And this is not, of course, so easy problem, but if you understand what do we mean when we say everyone has buddha-nature, and everything has buddha-nature. What does it mean? And he explained very carefully in Shobogenzo, on the-in the first MORE ...

Tuesday, April 29, 1969

Bodhisattva's Vow

This morning I want to-to explain how to take our bodhisattva's vow. We say "bodhisattva's vow," but actually this is not only Mahayana Buddhist vow but also all the Buddhist vow. When we say Mahayana, we also-it means that something-usually it means that the something superior teaching in contrast with Hinayana. But this is-may not be real understanding. According to Dogen-zenji, this is not right understanding, to say "Hinayana" or "Mahayana."

From the beginning of-the Agama-sutra[1] is supposed to be the oldest sutra-Buddhist sutra, but even in Agama-sutra this kind of thought is there. [It] says, Shujo muhen-"Sentient beings MORE ...


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