Archive for February, 1966

February 24, 1966

Thursday, February 24th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi

Suzuki-roshi

February 24, 1966

Rev. S. Suzuki

My master passed away when I was thirty three.  So after his death I became pretty busy.  I wanted to devote myself just to zen practice, but I couldn’t stay at Eihieji monastery because I had to be the successor of his temple.  For us, it is necessary to keep constant way…not some kind of excitement, but we should be concentrated on usual every day routine.  If one become too busy and too much excitement our mind will become rough…rugged.  This is not so good for us.  So, if possible, try to be always calm and joyful and keep yourself from excitement.  That is most important point…thing for us.  But usually we are…we become more and more busy, day by day, year after year.

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February 17, 1966

Thursday, February 17th, 1966

February 17, 1966

Rev. S. Suzuki

The message for us for today was ‘cultivate your own spirit’.  It says there on the calendar…Cultivate your own spirit.  This is very important point and this is how we practice zen.  When…for us to hear lecture, to give lecture or to recite sutra, or to sit, of course, is zen.  Each of those activities should be zen, but if you do not…if your effort or practice is not…does not have right orientation it does not work at all… not only it does not work…it may spoil your pure nature.  The more you know something about it the more you will get spoiled…you will have just stains on your mind, and your mind will be filled with rubbish.  That is not…that is quite usual for us…gathering various information from various source, and you think you know many things, but you don’t know anything at all.  That is quite usual.  So we should not be…our understanding of Buddhism should not be just gathering many information and knowledge.  Instead of gathering various knowledge we should accept it as you listen to something which you have already known, or you have already knew.  This is so-called emptiness or you may say omnificent self…you know everything.  You are like a dark sky…some time a flashing come through the dark sky and you forget all about it.  After flashing gets through it there is nothing, but the sky will not be surprised even though thunderbolt break out all of a sudden.  It does not make…it will not cause any surprise for the sky.  But when the lightening hits though we will see the wonderful sight of it, but we do not…we are not…we are always prepared for watching the flashing.

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February 9, 1966

Wednesday, February 9th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

February 9, 1966

Rev. S. Suzuki

In India there were many schools.  We count major school….we count six major schools, but the most….we can divide those schools into two…we can classify those schools into two.  As you know there were four classes in India, and the first class was the Brahman class and they believed in some different existence which is called Atman.  And our world in terms of phenomenal world was supposed to be the unfolding of divine being, and it reveals itself through sages.  So in nature divine nature reveals itself through everything.  It is rather pantheistic….looks like pantheism, and in human world, divine world will reveal itself through sages.  This is the Brahman teaching.  But on the other hand there were public religion or public sort.  They postulated many elements, and this world is the integration and disintegration of the elements.

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