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December 17, 1966, 2nd Talk

Saturday, December 17th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

December 17, 1966

DECEMBER ONE-DAY SESSHIN LECTURE:  Saturday Evening

Lecture B

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-12-17 2nd talk

The fourth instruction is:[1]

The Need for Training in Buddhism without Self-Seeking Mind

In Buddhist training we always received the true Key handed down by our predecessors.  How can we use our selfish mind for this?  We cannot gain Buddhism with mind or without mind.  Just remember that if the training will—will—training will and the Buddhist way to do—Buddhist way do not combine, our body and mind are not calm.  If not calm, our body and mind are not comfortable.

If we have gaining idea, we cannot practice Buddhism, which is something beyond our ordinal [ordinary] purpose of life.  Usually our conscious activity is directed towards some merit or some result.  We are expecting result, whatever we do.  But there may be difference—there may be two cases:  one you expect result after doing something, and you expect the result within your activity.  There is—there may be two cases.  The—to practice zazen because of the interest in practicing zazen is also, strictly speaking, a gaining idea.  Of course, to expect something after your practice, this is of course gaining idea.  “If you practice zazen you will be healthy,” or “You will have some mystic power like some magic.”  This is, of course, is not Zen.

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December 17, 1966

Saturday, December 17th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi waving goodbye at the airport on his way to the US

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

December 17, 1966

DECEMBER ONE-DAY SESSHIN LECTURE:  Saturday 1 PM

Lecture A

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-12-17

Tape operator: This is the one o’clock lecture on the Saturday, December 17th sesshin.

Suzuki-rōshi: In the first instruction of ten instructions in Gakudō-yōjin-shū,[1] Dōgen-zenji emphasize to arise the way-seeking mind.  And way-seeking mind, according to him, is the mind to—the mind to—to have direct feeling of evanescence of life.  When we feel the evanescence of life directly, we will not have any more ego-centered idea.  And our practice will be quite pure and strong.  And on each moment, we will do our best in our practice.  That is the most important point in our way.

And in the second instruction, he emphasize the immediate respond [response] to the teaching.  And according to him, even listen to the teaching is the practice—not only zazen practice.  It is not actually—after you hear the teaching and practice zazen and attain enlightenment.  The attaining enlightenment and to practice zazen and to hear the instruction is one, and three takes place simultaneously.  That is his understanding of to here.

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December 8, 1966

Thursday, December 8th, 1966

At Zoun-in, c. 1930. (Left to right) Shunryu's father Butsumon Sogaku, Shunryu (squatting), Hino-san (Tori's husband), Shunryu's sister Tori Hino and baby, temple caretaker, and Shunryu's mother, Yone.

Rev. S. Suzuki lecture

December 8, 1966

I am very glad to be here the day Buddha was born … when Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.  When he attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree he said, “It is wonderful to see Buddha nature on everything and in each individual.”  What he meant was when we practice zen…zazen we have Buddha nature and we are all Buddha himself.  By practice he did not mean just to sit under the Bodhi tree or to sit in cross-legged posture.  Our cross-legged posture is the basic posture or original posture for us…most fundamental way of being here.  But what he meant actually was that mountain is or trees are or flowing water or flowers and plants and everything as they are is the way Buddha is.  (more…)