Posts Tagged ‘LSD’

March 1st, 1970

Sunday, March 1st, 1970

Suzuki-roshi in the Buddha-hall at City Center for a service or lecture

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi



Sunday morning, March 1, 1970

 Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-03-01

 (this audio file covers about three-quarters of the transcript below)


Actually, because of my bad throat, I don’t speak for people outside, you know.  I o- [partial word]—I hardly manage to keep my lecture in Zen Center.  But this time, because of Dr. Lancaster, whom I met at dinner, I was very much encouraged by him.  And hearing hard [hardship?] of—name of Senzaki,[1] you know, who is, I think, pioneer of Zen in America [and] who did not have also any temple whatsoever.  He did not like to spend his time managing—management or a business-like thing, you know, which will follow by our church or organization activity.  So he just had a small room available for maybe ten or twenty people.  And he spent his life in that way in Los Angeles.  [Gap in tape of 27 seconds.]  … worldly things, but he wanted to make more effort to establishing the foundation of Zen in America.  I think that is why he end up as a wandering monk in America.  I did—before I come to America, I didn’t know anything about him.  But after I came to America, I met many students who studied Zen by him, and I read a book written by him,[2]  and I was very much impressed by his profound understanding of Zen.  Since then, I was very much encouraged to be here and to study with you.


I came this morning without preparing anything to speak.  But I wanted to share the feeling we have right here, right now.  Sharing the feeling right here, right now is the fundamental or basic thing for Zen practice.  Zen is, in one word, to share, you know, our feeling with people or with trees and with mountains wherever we are [laughs].  That is Zen practice.


But usually, you know, our mind is always filled with something, you know:   something like ice cream [laughs, laughter] or lemonade [laughs, laughter] or banana or, you know, soap—how much the soap cost in one, you know, store, how much will it cost in other store.  And looking out the newspaper [laughs] and seeing ad, you know, where there is some sale, you know.  That kind of thing—filled with that kind of thing.  So it is almost impossible to share the actual feeling, you know, where they are right now.


July 26 1965 2nd Talk

Monday, July 26th, 1965


Shunryū Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Monday, July 26, 1965

Lecture D

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 65-07-26 2nd Talk

Recently I find many problems concerning to religious problem, such as psychology or LSD or the problem of how to bring about complete peace.  Those problems are most important problems in present day, I think.  In our system of Zen—Zen philosophy—I’m not emphasizing philosophy, but when we have discussion, there must be some system or else our discussion will [not] result [in] anything.  So I just want to present you some system.

As you know, our problem—the most important basic construction of culture may be science.  Science is very important.  And—but science just study or treat outward object, as a object of study.  And—but—and science will result [in a] materialistic understanding of life.  But whether our human being is spiritual or material is big problem, which has been discussed for a long, long time.  We have no conclusion to it yet:  We are [are we] spiritual or material [laughs]?  Our mental function is just attribute of body, or our mental—spiritual function is basic function for human being.  And this kind of problem is not solved completely.