Archive for May, 1966

May 26 1966

Thursday, May 26th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

May Sesshin Lecture:  GENJŌ-KŌAN, PARAGRAPHS 5-13

Thursday, May 26, 1966[1]

Sunday Morning

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-05-26

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Firewood turns into ash, and it does not turn into firewood again.  But do not suppose that the ash is after and the firewood before.  We must understand that firewood is at the stage of firewood, and there must—and there we find—there we find its before and after.  And yet with this past and future, its present is independent of them.  Ash is at the stage of ash, and there we find its before and after.  Just as firewood does not become firewood again after it’s—after it is ash, so does not ret- [partial word]—so a—so man does not return to life after his death.

In this paragraph, he [Dōgen-zenji] taught us the absolute independent—independency of our various existence, which covers everything.  Because it include everything, it is independent being.
So here we find the absolute liberation.  When we practice zazen, concentrating ourselves on each breathing, we are absolute independent being.


May 25 1966

Wednesday, May 25th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi in Japan

Suzuki-roshi in Japan

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

May Sesshin Lecture:  GENJŌ-KŌAN, PARAGRAPHS 1–2

Wednesday, May 25, 1966[1]


Sōkō-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-05-25

The secret of all the teaching of Buddhism is how to live on each moment.  Moment after moment we have to obtain the absolute freedom.  And moment after moment, we exist in interdependency to past and future and other existence.  So in short, to practice—if you practice zazen, concentrating yourself on your breathing moment after moment, that is how to keep precepts, how to have the actual understanding of Buddhist teaching, and how to help others, and how to help yourself, how to attain liberation.  Why we call true Zen the capital city of religion is we have actually m- [partial word]—gist of teaching and secret of practice—to understand various religion and various way of practice through and through.