Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Monday, December 01, 1969

Winter Sesshin #3

Way-Seeking Mind, Part III


Our way-seeking mind is buddha-mind. And our practice is-makes sense when you practice with buddha-mind, or way-seeking mind. But usually, when we say the way-seeking mind or doshin-doshin-do is dao, and shin is mind-it also means bodhi- [partial word]-bodhisattva-mind-bodhisattva-mind: to-not only to help ourselves but also to save or to help others. Strong nuance of this kind is always there when we say doshin.

Right now we recited: "This perfect and penetrating dharma is MORE ...

Tuesday, December 02, 1969

Winter Sesshin Lecture #4

Practice Should Not Be Perfect So Descendants Have Something to Do

To accomplish something is difficult. And, you know, the difficulty you have moment after moment, which you have to work on, will continue forever [laughs, laughter]. I thought if I say so, if I say so, I thought you know, you may laugh [laughter]. And you are, you know, entrapped [laughs].

We say-we have saying: to-to attain enlightenment may not be so difficult, but to continue our practice is difficult. So after all, you know, why we practice zazen is to continue our practice. Or else, I think, our practice doesn't make much sense. We say we have MORE ...

Wednesday, December 03, 1969

Winter Sesshin Lecture #5


I explained briefly about bodhisattva mind. And we have also bodhisattva practice-bodhisattva practice-we count six and sometime four [bodhisattva practices].

Of course, [1] most important one is zazen practice. That is the most important one, maybe. And [2] to keep precepts and [3] to-to practice almsgiving-almsgiving, to offer something or to Buddha or to people to help, and to keep precepts, and [4] to vigorously practice all those practice, and [5] endeavorance to be patient, and [6] wisdom-to have wisdom. Those are six practice of bodhisattva.

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Thursday, December 04, 1969

Winter Sesshin Lecture #6


Our sesshin is already nearing to the end. As I said before, this sesshin will not come back again. So we must make best effort in our practice. And when you want to [make] best effort in our practice, of course we have to practice zazen seriously.

But at the same time, tomorrow we will have shosan[1] ceremony. And the day after tomorrow morning we will have MORE ...

Sunday, December 21, 1969

True Happiness and Renewal of Practice at Year's End

Everyone seeks for true happiness, but happiness cannot be true happiness if the happiness is not followed by perfect composure. The-usually happiness does not stay long. Happiness is mostly just very short time and it will be lost in ext moment when you have it. So, sometimes we will think rather not to have it because after happiness usually followed by sorrow and this is, I think, everyone experiences it in our everyday life. Buddha, when he escaped-can you hear me?-when he escaped from his castle, he felt this kind of-he had this kind of happiness in his luxurious life in the castle, he at last forsake all of those, this kind of life, so we MORE ...

Fundamental Buddhist Point: To Adjust Ourselves to Our Surroundings

San Francisco

Since I moved in this building,[1] people ask me how do you feel [laughs]. But I haven't find myself in this building. I don't know what I am doing here [laughs, laughter]. Everything is so unusual to me. So actually I haven't [laughs]-not much feeling. But I am thinking about now how to adjust myself to this building. And first of all, what I felt seeing people, you know-seeing our students bowing in MORE ...


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