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August 13th, 1971

Friday, August 13th, 1971
Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi:

Friday, August 13, 1971

Zen Mountain Center

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 71-08-13


Last night,[1]  when we have question and answer, we came across the very important point.  In the—in Japanese, we say [phonetic] sabetsu-soku-byōdō, or shinkū-myōu.[2]   Sabetsu-soku byōdō.  This is—sabetsu means “speciality,” and byōdō means “equality.”  Speciality means, you know—speciality means various being which is special.  Each being are special, and each being has its own meaning of existence.  When something exist, there is some reason why something exist.  That is speciality.  And equality is even though things is different—different, but strictly speaking each things does not exist in that way, because they are changing, constantly changing.


So if it is changing, we cannot say something really exist, you know, something we see [laughs] does not exist.  You think you exist here, but it is not so.  And which is easier for you to understand is, you know—maybe intellectually it is easier for you to understand things does not exist.  Equality is easier to understand, and speciality is difficult to understand.


When you say “freedom,” the meaning of freedom or feeling of freedom is more like equality.  We are, you know, each—”We are equal, so we must have freedom.”  [Laughs.]  That is what you say, but to us it is absurd.  You know, if—if—if you want to be special, then it is not possible [laughs] to have freedom at the same time.  When you are special, there is—you have some special reason to exist, you know.  So, for an instance, a woman should be a woman, you know, and a man should be a man [laughs].


June 13th, 1970

Saturday, June 13th, 1970
Suzuki-roshi with Phillip Wilson (I think) at Tassajara

Suzuki-roshi with Phillip Wilson (I think) at Tassajara

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Saturday, June 13, 1970


Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-06-13


[The following lines of the Sandōkai are discussed in this lecture:


Line 17        Shidai no shō onozukara fukusu,

Line 18        ko no sono haha wo uru ga gotoshi.

Line 19        Hi wa nesshi kaze wa dōyō,

Line 20        mizu wa uruoi chi wa kengo.


Line 17        The four elements resume their nature

Line 18        as a child has its mother.

Line 19        Fire is hot, wind blows,

Line 20        water wets, and earth is solid.]


Next—as we have big blackboard, I want to explain those characters.  This is—those characters are, of course, Chinese characters, and—but Japanese people read those characters in—in Japanese, you know, without changing the order of characters.  How we read those characters is—this is one word, shidai:




Shidai—Shidai no.  We put here no.[1]   Shidai no shō onozukara fukusu.  [Writing on blackboard.]




Shidai no shō onozukara—we write here, you know, in kana—fukusu:



Ko no sono haha wo uru ga gotoshi.  We read in this way, you know.


In Chinese:


[Line 17]     Shi dai sho ji fuku  

[Line 18]     nyo shi toku go bo.

[Line 19]     Ka net su do yo,     

[Line 20]     sui su shi ken go.   


This is, you know, Chinese way of reading.  But we—Japanese people read Chinese sentences like this:


[Line 17]     Shidai no shō onozukara fukusu,

[Line 18]     ko no sono haha wo uru ga gotoshi.

[Line 19]     Hi wa nesshi kaze wa dōyō,

[Line 20]     mizu wa uruoi chi wa kengo.


And we put Shidai no—Shidai no shō:  “Nature of,” you know, “of—of” is no.  “Nature of four elements.”  Onozukara, “naturally.”  Fukusu or “resume.”