Posts Tagged ‘Philosophy’

November 1 1965

Monday, November 1st, 1965


Shunryū Suzuki

November 1965 (Wind Bell, Jan.–Feb. 1966)

Early Afternoon Lecture:

Buddhism is very philosophical, and sometimes intellectual and logical. It is necessary to be logical and philosophical to believe in the teaching completely. If it is not logical and philosophical, you cannot believe in it. Our teaching should not be doubtful. Although intellectual and philosophical understanding of the teaching is not enough, it should be at least be logical and philosophical.

Sometimes a student of Buddhism will become proud of the lofty, profound philosophical teaching. This is wrong. The philosophy is for the believer himself, not for others. Because it is difficult for us to believe in the teaching, we should enter it from an intellectual approach. However, there is no need to be proud of the profundity of it. It is just for the student, not for others. If it is possible to believe in Buddha’s teaching without philosophical understanding it may be all the better. For most of us it is quite difficult to believe in it without intellectual understanding. So philosophy is just for ourselves.


July 26 1965

Monday, July 26th, 1965

Shunryū Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Monday, July 26, 1965

Lecture A

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 65-07-26

A talk is always—the conclusion of my talk is always why we should practice zazen.  This is not—my talk is not just casual talk.  And basically, my talk is based on Shōbōgenzō.  And fortunately we have a system of—we have a complete system [of] how to understand true religion.

The true religion cannot be understood by philosophical way or scientific way.  The only way to understand or to realize our true nature is just through practice.  Without true practice it is impossible to realize our true nature.  Of course, what we do, whether we are aware of it or not, what we do in our everyday life is based on true—our true nature.  True nature drive us to do something, but if you do not understand, or if you do not realize your true—what is true nature, and if you have no system to know the actual meaning of your true nature, you will get into confusion.