Archive for January, 1967

January 12, 1967

Thursday, January 12th, 1967

Rev. Suzuki lecture

January 12, 1967

Don’t try to stop the thinking when you are practicing zazen.  Let it stop.  If something comes into your mind let it come and let it go out.  It will not stay long.  But if you try to stop it, it means you are bothered by it.  Don’t be bothered by anything.  Actually we say something comes from outside, but it is…actually it is the waves of your mind, so wave cannot be…will stay…will become more and more calm.  So in five minutes or at most ten minutes your mind will be completely serene and calm.  At that time your breathing becomes pretty slow, while your pulse of your hand becomes a little bit faster.  We don’t know why, but if you will check your pulse (you, yourself cannot do it but it appears in that way).  It takes pretty long time before you get calm, serene mind in your practice, but even though you have waves in your mind that is waves in your own mind.  Nothing comes out from out here.  Nothing can bother…nothing can cause any trouble for your mind.  You make your mind disturbed…bothered by…you make waves of your mind.  So if you don’t…if you let it as it is your mind will be calm.  Usually our mind expects something from outside…our mind is ready to accept something from outside, but that is not true understanding of our mind.  According to our understanding, mind includes everything.  Nothing comes from outside.  Our mind has everything, and when you think something comes from outside it means your mind…in your mind something appears.  In this way you accept things.  If your mind is related to some other things, that mind is small mind, limited mind.

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January 5, 1967

Thursday, January 5th, 1967

Rev. Suzuki lecture

January 5, 1967

Los Altos

In our practice the important thing is our physical posture we take, and breathing…way of taking breathing.  Those are very important because we have…we are not so much concerned about our deep understanding of Buddhism.  As a philosophy Buddhism has very deep and wide and firm system in our thought, but Zen does not concerned about those philosophical understanding but we emphasize our practice.  But why it is so important…we must understand why our physical posture and breathing exercise is important is…there is some reason and instead of discussing or having deep understanding of the teaching we want strong confidence, or you may say faith, a kind of faith in our teaching that we have originally Buddha Nature.  And our practice is based on this faith.  Originally we have Buddha Nature.  If so we have to behave like Buddha is why we practice zazen.  You may feel rather funny in our reason why we practice zazen but if you compare the various practice or training with our…to our practice you will understand our practice better.

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