Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Sunday, April 12, 1970

Buddha's Birthday Lecture

San Francisco

The April-April the eighth is the day we celebrate Buddha's birthday in China and Japan. As you know, Buddha was born as a prince of Shakya tribe-a king of Shakya tribe. And when he was born in the Lumbini Garden,[1] nagas[2] poured sweet tea. That is why we pour the sweet tea. But actually we don't know the historical origin about this because we have not much record about the sweet tea.

But-but we have record about the festival we have-we had right now. Maybe in Japan they started to mix this kind of tea for the MORE ...

Saturday, April 25, 1970

Remarks at the Ceremony Officially Opening Beginner's Mind Temple

San Francisco

Suzuki-roshi (speaking formally): On this day of the opening of Mahabodhisattva Zendo and main office of Zen Center, we arranged this altar, making offering of fruits and vegetables which were produced in this land of Mahabodhisattva, reciting sutra of Daihi-shin Darani, the Sutra of the Great MORE ...

Tuesday, April 28, 1970

How to Have Sincere Practice

San Francisco

Since Tatsugami-roshi[1] came, you must have heard Dogen-zenji's name so many times. But Dogen-zenji may not like to hear his name so many times [laughs]. But unfortunately he had a name like Dogen, so [laughs] there is no other way to address him. So we call him Dogen-zenji or Dogen.

As you know, he didn't like to say "Zen" even, or Zen-in China they called monks who sit in zazen, called [them] "Zen monks," but MORE ...


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