Archive for March, 1966

March 26, 1966

Saturday, March 26th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

THE WAY-SEEKING MIND

Saturday, March 26, 1966

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-03-26 (Note – noise problems in audio)

When we feel the evanescence of life, or when we have problems for ourselves, and direct feeling of the problems—of the fact you have to face—is how you arise the way-seeking mind.

Usually when we set ourselves to studying something, we put our everyday problems aside, concentrating our attention for a time on something of particular interest.  That is how we study generally.  On Sunday you may go to church, but to you going to church and your everyday life are two completely different activities.  Eventually, however, you will feel some contradiction in your everyday life, and some uneasiness, feeling you have nothing to rely on.  It is this feeling which gives rise to the way-seeking mind.

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March 13 1966 2nd Talk

Sunday, March 13th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Sesshin Lecture:  SHUSHŌGI, Section 1

Sunday, March 13, 1966[1]

Lecture B

Soko-ji, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-03-13 2nd talk

Suzuki-rōshi: We started to recite Lotus SūtraShushōgiShushōgi is the—consist of various teachings from Shōbōgenzō written by Dōgen-zenji.  From 95 fascicle of his work, we compiled various teaching in a handy way so that you can recite it.  This is Shushōgi.

I want to explain Shushōgi—the meaning of Shushōgi little by little.  Shushōgi.  This is translate—translation by Doctor [Reihō] Masunaga, Page 48.[2]

To arrive at thorough understanding of birth and death—this is a crucial problem for all Buddhists.  If the Buddha dwells in birth and death, birth and death disappear.  Understand only that birth-and-death is itself nirvāna; there is nothing to avoid as birth-death and nothing to seek as nirvāna.  You then slough off the chain that bind you to birth-death.  This—the supreme problem in Buddhism—must be thoroughly penetrated.

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March 13, 1966

Sunday, March 13th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Sesshin Lecture:  GENJŌ-KŌAN, PARAGRAPHS 1–3

Sunday Morning, March 13, 1966

Lecture A

Sōkō-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-03-13

Good morning.  This lecture is for advanced student in his practice, but I think this lecture will help you even though you haven’t advanced practice.  And at least some day you will understand this lecture.  This is the gist of Dōgen’s teaching, and various offshoot are the 95 fascicle of—fascicles of his work.  This is basic teaching—basic teaching of Dōgen.

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March 3, 1966

Thursday, March 3rd, 1966

March 3, 1966

Rev. S. Suzuki

The precept today is giving, the joy of giving.  Everything is something which was given; every existence in nature, every existence in human world, every cultural work we do is something which was given to us or which is being given to us, relatively speaking.  But actually everything is originally one.  So it may be better to say we are giving out everything.  It is the same thing.  Relatively speaking everything is something given to us but actually we are giving everything…giving out or expressing out moment after moment we are creating something, moment after moment.  This is the joy of our life.

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