Posts Tagged ‘Cause & Effect’

August 19, 1966 2nd Talk

Friday, August 19th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Friday, August 19, 1966

SESSHIN LECTURE:  Friday Morning during Zazen

Lecture B

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

Tape operator: This lecture is Friday morning during zazen, and it begins “We have one more day.”

Suzuki-rōshi: Don’t be attached to your attainment as a result of—as a result of past effort.  Or don’t be attached to the refreshed stage you attained mechanically.  Open up your mind wider and more—be more subtle, ready to accept things as it is, and practice—continue your practice.  This is the meaning of sesshin.  The mind you attained is not even quite newly refreshed mind.  It is nothing itself—itself, free from all attachment.

I am very much grateful to sit with you in this way and to have more chance to sit.  Let’s make this sesshin more meaningful one. (more…)

August 15th, 1966, 3rd Talk

Monday, August 15th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Monday, August 15, 1966

Sesshin:  Monday Evening Lecture

Lecture D

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-08-15 3rd Talk

The first day of the sesshin is almost finished.  In the first day, I wanted you to establish a good posture.  It is rather—it was not appropriate to give you some—something to work on intellectually, but as you have been physically worked so hard, so for a change I will give you some intellectual problems in Buddhism.

We are now coping with the problem of causality.  This—I think Reverend Katagiri must have told you something about this, I think.  But this problem is very big problem—so big that it covers all the area of Buddhist philosophy.  The one of the philosophy which suggest us right understanding of causation is Kegon Sūtra.  In Kegon, we have a famous statement in Japanese:  Ichi soku issai, issai soku ichi.[1] “Things are—things are one of many—things exist one of many, or many of one—as one of many, or many of one.”  The one—the understanding of “one of many” is rather mechanical understanding of existence.  And “many of one,” understanding of many—existent as many of one is teleological understanding of existence.[2] But both understanding will reduce to the one understanding which is eternal present.

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August 15, 1966 2nd Talk

Monday, August 15th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi monitoring zazen (in Japan)

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Monday, August 15, 1966

August Sesshin:  Lunch Lecture

Lecture B

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-08-15 2nd Talk

[2-3 words] those who cannot appreciate the—the food we are serving [?] to you cannot appreciate our teaching in its true sense.  When you listen to the teaching—our teaching, we should accept it, but if you have some prejudice, you cannot accept the teaching.  Those [?] do not appreciate—appreciate [?] in its true sense, meaning [?] we should not have any discrimination with our food.  This is good test for ourselves.  The food you have now will not be complete for you.  Something will be quite strange or unfamiliar to find [?].  We should appreciate the food you have on each meal.

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