Posts Tagged ‘Posture’

August 28th, 1969

Thursday, August 28th, 1969

Kobun Chino-roshi on the left, Suzuki-roshi on the right, I don't know who is in the middle

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Thursday, August 28, 1969


Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 69-08-28


Suzuki-rōshi:  I want you to ask me a question.  [Laughs.]  I have nothing in my mind to say.  Something—some question about our practice, maybe, or zazen practice, or our everyday practice.  Hai.


Student A:  I have two days—I am leaving Tassajara to live in the city after being here for one year.  I wonder what you might have specifically to say to me about that right now.


Suzuki-rōshi:  Right now [laughs].  What time did you actually come back?


Student A:  Come to—back?


Suzuki-rōshi:  Yeah.  What time today?


Student A:  Today?  Today, it was about 5:15.


Suzuki-rōshi:  5:15.  [Laughs, laughter.]  The feeling—I think when you—you are at Tassajara, you know, you don’t find anything special [laughs].  But if you come back, you know, from city you will have—you will find Tassajara something quite different from city.  I had same feeling when I came back to Eihei-ji Monastery after staying outside of the monastery for maybe one or two days.  When you are here, you know, you don’t feel anything special.  But, you know, even [if] you feel something special when you come back to Tassajara, if you compare, I think proper understanding should be like this:  Tassajara should be like a water, you know.  That you feel something special about it [is] to see the wave on the water.  So even though you feel you have some special feeling about Tassajara, but that is not true Tassajara.  It is—you feel very good, but Tassajara should be greater than that.  The wave is, you know—wave you see is, according to Dōgen-zenji, you know, the wave is a part of—a part of—part of water, or—or one—many ways of observing one of the feature of water.


August 8 1965

Sunday, August 8th, 1965

Suzuki-roshi sitting in the old Tassajara Zendo (now the student dining area)

August 12, 1965

Rev. S Suzuki lecture

Lecture on Posture

I want to explain about our posture we take.  When you sit left foot is on your right side, and right foot is on your left side.  This is full lotus posture.  When we cross our legs like this, although we have right and left foot, it is actually become one.  So it means oneness of the duality.  Not two, not one.  This is the most important teaching.  Not two and not one.  Our body and mind is not two and not one.  If you think our body and mind is two that is wrong.  If you think your mind and body is one that is also wrong.  Because our mind and body is two and one.  We call it oneness of our duality.  In…usually, if it is not one, it is two or four.  If it is not singular it is plural.  If it is not plural it is singular.  But in actual experience of life, our life is not plural, not only plural, but also singular.  Each one of us are independent and dependent.  We…after some years we will die.  That will be the end of our life but if we just think that is our end of life that is wrong understanding.  And if we think we do not die, that is also wrong understanding.  We die and we do not die and that is right understanding.