Suzuki Roshi Transcripts
   

Monday, June 01, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #3

Tassajara

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 5 Reigen myoni kokettari.

Line 6 Shiha anni ruchusu.

Line 7 Ji wo shusuru mo moto kore mayoi.

Line 8 Ri ni kano mo mata satori ni ara zu.

Line 5 The true source is pure and stainless.

Line 6 The branch streams flow in the dark.

Line 7 Clutching at things is delusion.

Line 8 To recognize the truth is not always
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Wednesday, June 03, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #4

Tassajara

[Lecture starts 3/4 of the way through Side B of the original tape.]

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 9 Mommon issai no kyo,

Line 10 ego to fuego to.

Line 11 Eshite sarani aiwataru.

Line 12 Shikara zare ba kurai ni yotte jusu.

Line 9 The five sense gates and the five sense objects

Line 10 are interdependent and absolutely independent.

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Saturday, June 06, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #5

Lecture to Professor Weller's Visiting Class

Tassajara

[Note. This lecture was given-as a general introduction-to Prof. Jack Weller's visiting philosophy class following Lecture IV in Suzuki-roshi's series of lectures on the Sandokai.]

Purpose of study of Buddhism is to have perfect understanding of things, and subjectively to understand ourselves, and especially what we are doing in our everyday life-what kind of activity we are involved in, [to] know why we suffer, [and why] we have such a conflict in our society or in our, you know, family, or within ourselves. So to understand with good understanding of subjective MORE ...

Wednesday, June 10, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #6

Tassajara

[This lecture is concerned with the following lines of the Sandokai:

Shiki moto shitsuzo wo kotonishi,

sho moto rakku wo kotonisu.

An wa jochu no koto ni kanai,

mei wa seidaku no ku wo wakatsu.

Things have various natures, various forms.

There is good and bad, taste, sound, and feeling.

In darkness, superior and inferior cannot be distinguished;

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Saturday, June 13, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #7

Tassajara

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 17 Shidai no sho onozukara fukusu,

Line 18 ko no sono haha wo uru ga gotoshi.

Line 19 Hi wa nesshi kaze wa doyo,

Line 20 mizu wa uruoi chi wa kengo.

Line 17 The four elements resume their nature

Line 18 as a child has its mother.

Line 19 Fire is hot, wind blows,

Line 20 water wets, and earth is solid.]

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Wednesday, June 17, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #8

Tassajara

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 21 Manako wa iro, mimi wa onjo,

Line 22 hana wa ka, shita wa kanso.

Line 23 Shikamo ichi-ichi no ho ni oite,

Line 24 ne ni yotte ha bumpusu.

Line 25 Hommatsu subekaraku shu ni kisu beshi.

Line 26 Sompi sono go wo mochiu.

Line 21 For eyes there is color and form, for ears there is sound,

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Saturday, June 20, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #9

Tassajara

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 27 Meichu ni atatte an ari,

Line 28 anso wo motte o koto nakare.

Line 29 Anchu ni atatte mei ari,

Line 30 meiso wo motte miru koto nakare.

Line 27 Within brightness actually there is utter darkness;

Line 28 but you should not meet someone just with darkness.

Line 29 Within darkness there is brightness

Line 30 but you should not see others only with the eyes of MORE ...

Thursday, June 25, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #10

Tassajara

[This lecture is concerned with the following lines of the Sandokai:

Meian ono-ono aitaishite,

hisuru ni zengo no ayumi no gotoshi.

(Transliteration by Kazuaki Tanahashi.)

Darkness and brightness stand with each other

like when one foot is forward and the other is behind in walking.

(Translation by Suzuki-roshi.)]

Now we are still talking about the reality from the light of MORE ...

Saturday, June 27, 1970

Sandokai Lecture #11

Tassajara

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 33 Bammotsu onozukara ko ari,

Line 34 masani yo to sho to wo iu beshi.

Line 35 Ji sonsure ba kangai gasshi,

Line 36 ri ozure ba sempo saso.

(Transliteration by Kazuaki Tanahashi.)

Line 33 Everything--all beings--have their own virtue.

Line 34 You should know how to apply this truth.

Line 35 Things and emptiness are like a container and its

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Sunday, June 28, 1970

Whole-Body Zazen

Tassajara

You should sit zazen with your whole body; your spine, mouth, toes, mudra. Check on your posture during zazen. Each part of your body should practice zazen independently or separately; your toe should practice zazen independently, your mudra should practice zazen independently; your spine and your mouth should practice zazen independently. You should feel each part of your body doing zazen separately. Each part of your body should participate completely in zazen.

Check to see that each part of your body is doing zazen independently. This is also known as shikantaza. To think, MORE ...


   


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