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June 10th, 1970

Wednesday, June 10th, 1970

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Wednesday, June 10, 1970


Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-06-10


[This lecture is concerned with the following lines of the Sandōkai:


Shiki moto shitsuzō wo kotonishi,

shō moto rakku wo kotonisu.

An wa jōchū no koto ni kanai,

mei wa seidaku no ku wo wakatsu.


Things have various natures, various forms.

There is good and bad, taste, sound, and feeling.

In darkness, superior and inferior cannot be distinguished;

in brightness, the duality of pure and impure is apparent.]



In my last lecture, although I did not literally explain about those sentences, but I almost explained about it.


Shiki moto shitsuzō wo kotonishi.  Shiki moto shitsuzō wo kotonishi.  Shiki is, you know, in Prajñāpāramitā SūtraShiki soku zekuShiki.  Same character as shikiShiki moto shitsuzō wo kotonishi.  Shiki means, you know, “form and color.”  It has two meanings:  form and color.  Things which—form and color.  Shitsuzō wo kotonishi, shō moto rakkuShō [is] in Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra.  We have many [of] this character—shō, voice, which is the object of, you know, ears.  Shō moto—shitsuzō wo kotonishi—rakku wo kotonisu:  means that whatever you see, you know—shitsuzô—shitsu  means “quality” or “nature.”  “Quality” or “nature” is shitsu, like human nature or buddha nature or good nature, evil nature.  Nature is shitsu means “figure.”


So in things there is various—  Things has various nature and various figure, various forms.  And voice—  When you hear voice, voice has—some voice is good and some voice is not good:  agreeable or disagreeable.  Rakku means—  Something which you care for is raku.[1]   Ku[2]  is something which will create some bitter feeling or, you know, some—not—”suffering” is too big word, but, some, you know—  It will create suffering.  This is just—  He is now talking about just form and voice, but same thing is true with taste, or sound, or know [no?]—or his feeling or taste.  There is good taste and bad taste, and good sound and bad sound, and good feeling and bad feeling—something agreeable idea or disagreeable idea.  There are many things.


March 13, 1966

Sunday, March 13th, 1966

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

Sesshin Lecture:  GENJŌ-KŌAN, PARAGRAPHS 1–3

Sunday Morning, March 13, 1966

Lecture A

Sōkō-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 66-03-13

Good morning.  This lecture is for advanced student in his practice, but I think this lecture will help you even though you haven’t advanced practice.  And at least some day you will understand this lecture.  This is the gist of Dōgen’s teaching, and various offshoot are the 95 fascicle of—fascicles of his work.  This is basic teaching—basic teaching of Dōgen.