Posts Tagged ‘Simplicity’

October 1968, 6th talk

Tuesday, October 1st, 1968

Suzuki-roshi (on the steps of Sokoji?)

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Fall 1968

Zen Mountain Center

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 68-10-00 I

As Zen Buddhists, it is necessary for us to understand the Second Patriarch Mahākāshyapa.  He is famous for his zudagyo, or in Sanskrit, dvadasa dhutagunah.  We count twelve zudagyo [juni‑zuda = twelve zuda; gyo = practice], which are mostly important ways of organizing one’s life as a person and as a member of the sangha.

The first zudagyo is to live in a calm place, such as the forest or woods, aranyaka [“forest dweller”].  In India, everyone, after finishing their household or family life, would join the religious life with other people.  So to enter the aranya or forest means to start the religious life, not only for priests, but for everyone.  That was the Indian custom.  Here, to live in aranya means to live like religious people do.

The second zudagyo is to support one’s life by begging, yathasamstrarika [“taking any seat which may be offered”].  This is mostly about food, and there are two more about food.