Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Sunday, December 13, 1970

Lecture After Trip To Japan: Zazen As Our Foundation

In this trip,[1] I studied in Japan [laughs], you know, and I found out many things, and many things happened. Many things has happened since I visited Japan four years ago.

Can you hear me? [Laughs.]

Japan changed a lot. Not only various food and materials now is very high. Transportation changed, and the road is pretty good now. And people there are very busy, and they-their life is more now Western-style and busy. If you go from here to America [Japan?], MORE ...

Sunday, December 20, 1970

What Is Self? What Is Our Practice?

San Francisco

In my last trip to Japan I found out many things. The feeling I had there was-they were-you know, Japanese people nowadays are trying very hard, but according to Uchiyama-roshi,[1] you know-do you know him? He is in Kyoto, and he is practicing with students. And many Caucasian students were there. And when I went there they asked me to speak something [laughs], so I just saw them and talked a little.

Japanese people now-group, group-bo-kei: MORE ...

Wednesday, December 23, 1970

Come Back to Emptiness

Introduced by Jakusho Kwong-roshi

Mill Valley Zendo

Zazen-zazen practice, for us, more and more become important. Nowadays, as you may feel, we are human being. We came to the point where we must start-maybe it is too late but, even so, we must start some new movement. In America it is not MORE ...

Sunday, December 27, 1970

Sickness and True Practice

San Francisco

Dogen-zenji said sickness does not, you know, destroy-destroy people, but no practice will destroy people. Sickness does not destroy people, but no practice destroy people. What do you mean [laughs]? What does it mean? "No practice destroy people."

If, you know, we have no idea of practice, sickness-even sickness does not mean anything, you know, because when we cannot practice, we call it sick- [partial word]-sickness. But, you know, if you have no idea of practice, what is sickness? Maybe for the people whose purpose of life is to enjoy life, you know, when he cannot enjoy his life, it is sickness. But it is-that idea is MORE ...


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