Suzuki Roshi Transcripts

Tuesday, March 02, 1971

The Idea of Self

San Francisco

There are various kinds of religion, but why we have to [have] religion-this question is answered not only by religious leaders but also by psychologist. So the understanding of religion nowadays become more and more deeper. And I think-I don't know not much about psychology, nowadays psychology, but so far I understand, as you know, just as purpose of religion is to save [solve] our difficulties, the psychologist is working hard to save or to solve the problems of our life.

Why we have, you know, so many problems in our life is, you MORE ...

Tuesday, March 09, 1971

"Admonishing Our Many Wishes"

San Francisco

One day a Chinese famous Zen master was making a trip with a-with his disciple.[1] A [flock of] geese, you know, fly-were flying over-passed, you know, over their head, like this [probably gestures].

And disciple [teacher] said, "Where are they going?" or "What are they?"-oh-teacher said, "What are they?"

The disciple said, "They are geese."

"Where they are going?" [laughs] the teacher asked.

Disciple say, "I don't know," disciple said quite honestly MORE ...

Friday, March 12, 1971

Lecture at Reed College, Portland, OR

It is not so easy to say what actual practice is, what Zen is. But anyway, I want to try. First of all, why we practice Zen may be the question most of you have. As you know, Buddha's first teaching is the Four Noble Truths. According to him, our life is a life of suffering. And if you know the cause of suffering, you will know how to go through our suffering, and you will attain Nirvana or enlightenment.

Tonight maybe it is better to explain why we suffer. Suffering includes various kinds of confusion or fears we may have because of our lack of understanding of our life. The reason we suffer, MORE ...


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