Rev. S. Suzuki lecture
In the last paragraph of Ashishoji (sp ?)…Ashishoji (sp?) is one of our scriptures compiled in (blank) period by various zen masters out of Shobogenzo. In this last part of this Shobogenzo Dogen says, “This mind itself is the Buddha. By awakening to a thorough understanding of this mind you will truly show your gratitude to the Buddha”, he says, “and you should carefully think about who is the Buddha which is the mind itself.” That is the last…that is the statement which is in the last part of Ashishoji (sp?). This statement is a quotation from Shobogenzo and there is…in Shobogenzo there is the fascicle called…titled SokuShinZeButsu. Sokushin is ‘the mind itself, the Buddha’. Shkushinzebutsu, the fascicle six. And this is very important fascicle in Shobogenzo and very famous one. So let me explain what he meant by ‘mind itself, Buddha’. I will interpret the original text literally.