Posts Tagged ‘Study’

July 21st, 1971

Wednesday, July 21st, 1971
Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Wednesday Evening, July 21, 1971

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 71-07-21
We discussed already last night[1]  about what is something which we can experience or which we can understand, and what is something which we cannot understand.  I was trying to explain, you know, the difference [between] something which you can understand and something which you cannot understand, and how you, you know, have an approach to something which you cannot understand is by practice.

 

But it is necessary for us at the same time to have understanding of Buddhism.  It is necessary to read, and it is necessary to listen to lecture, and it is necessary to think about what is Buddhism.  That is also important.  And most important thing will be to have actual, you know, difficulties in our human life.  That is very important.

 

But as I told you, the problem—you have enough problem already [laughs, laughter].  So don’t make home-made problems—cookies.  That was what I told you last night.  We are practicing zazen, so it is a great help.  And those things—those points are very difficult and very important for our prefect understanding of Buddhism.  If you mix up—mixed up those points, you will never understand what I am saying.

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August 25th, 1970

Tuesday, August 25th, 1970
Suzuki-roshi conducting a ceremony at City Center

Suzuki-roshi conducting a ceremony at City Center

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Tuesday, August 25, 1970

[One of two lectures for this date.]

San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-08-25

 

As some of—some of you may know, tomorrow I am leaving San Francisco for—for a while and coming back December first or second.  I’m not so clear yet, but for three months I shall be in Japan.[1]

 

I feel very sorry for—for you—not to be with you, but there there is something I must do for Zen Center.  First of all, Dick Baker will receive transmission.[2]   And I am hoping that we can—Dick and me—can do something, you know, for—even a little bit of important—important teaching.  If we can translate it into English, it may be one step for Zen Center practice.

 

Those, you know, teachings is not—is not something which we talk about for—for people in general.  Only, you know, who is ready to receive transmission, you know, can study because it is pretty difficult to study.  But at—it is, I think, it is important for us, you know, for you to know what kind of idea we have in—about our practice, or about our everyday life, or about our zazen.  Without this kind of fundamental understanding, it is pretty difficult to make the purpose of our practice clear.

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