Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Sunday, June 01, 1969

Find Yourself Mentally and Physically


A famous Chinese Zen master, Yakusan,[1] did not give lectures for a long time. So his student asked him to give a lecture. So he came to lecture hall and mounted the altar, and sitting on the altar for a while, and came back to his room without saying anything. And his jisha asked him why he didn't give them lecture-some talk. Yakusan said: "I am a Zen master. So if you want-if you want to listen to lecture, you should go to some-some other master, like some Buddhist philosopher or someone who knows many MORE ...

Tuesday, June 17, 1969

Everyday Zazen

San Francisco

...[1] Just to-just to practice zazen, you know, will not be perfect enough. So more and more I want to make our rule strict and maybe formal and rigid, or else [laughs], you know, you will waste your time, I think. How should we establish our system of practice in San Francisco is-will be our future subject.

I started to explain, you know, the way upward and way downwards-or to help others or-and to-or help yourself: to climb up [to] the top of the pole and to come down from the top of the pole. This is rather fancy, you know, more advanced practice. So it may be-it may not be necessary for you actually to explain this point, MORE ...

Sunday, June 22, 1969

Study with Mind and Body

San Francisco

Dogen-zenji says: "Everything is encourages us to attain enlightenment. Mountains and rivers, earth and sky: everything is encouraging us to attain enlightenment." So, of course, a purpose of lecture is to encourage-to encourage you attaining enlightenment. So we call our lecture, you know, teisho. Teisho means "with teaching-with koan," to help people to attain enlightenment.

And usual lecture-sometime to explain the context of teaching-like to explain philosophy-to understand our teaching in philosophical way is more a "lecture"-a kowa.[1] Kowa is more MORE ...


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