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August, 1971

Sunday, August 1st, 1971

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

TRANSLATION OF UNKNOWN TEXT[1]

August 1971

San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 71-08-00

 

Assistant:[2]  … to make it record [verb].

 

Suzuki-rōshi:  Mm-hmm.

 

[Gap, scattered fragments of words and sentences.]

 

Assistant:  … like that.

 

[Gap, scattered fragments of words and sentences.]

 

Assistant:  … push it hard enough so the buttons stay down.

 

Suzuki-rōshi:  Mm-hmm.

 

[Long silent gap in tape.]

 

 

Suzuki-rōshi dictating as he translates a text:

 

“Therefore, no buddha attained enlightenment without the form of shaving head—not in the form of a shaved head.  No patriarch—no patriarch—is in the—no patriarch is not in the form of shaved head.  So the most virtuous things is the virtue of shaved head.

 

Even though you built a stūpa, which—stūpa adorned by seven jewels to reach the thirty—the thirty-third heaven, the virtue is great, but in comparison to the merit of shaved head, it is not so good as even one hundredth.  And any [1 word unclear] cannot be—cannot describe.  Stūpa could be destroyed, and once it destroyed, it—the shape cannot be—the form cannot be seen.  But merit of shaved head will increase more and more until it reach to the Buddha foot.  And its merit will not be lost.

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