Posts Tagged ‘Time’

March 23rd, 1967

Thursday, March 23rd, 1967

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

March 23, 1967

Los Altos, California

To live in the realm of Buddha Nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment. When we lose our balance we die, and at the same time, to lose our balance, sometimes, means to develop ourselves, or to grow. If we are in perfect balance we cannot live as a small being. So whatever we see the things are changing, losing their balance. Why everything looks beautiful is because it is something out of balance, but it is background is always in perfect harmony and on this perfect harmony everything exists, losing its balance. This is how everything exists in the realm of big Buddha Nature. So if you see things without knowing, without realizing Buddha Nature everything is in the form of suffering. But if you understand the background of everything, which looks like suffering, suffering itself is how we live, how we extend our life. So in Zen we, sometimes we emphasize the “out of balance” or disorder. Nowadays our Japanese painting which was developed by the spirit of Zen became pretty formulated; became formal. That is why nowadays we have more—that is why we have modern art. The painters in old time practice how to put dots out of order. Even though you try to do it what you did is always in some order. This is a kind of practice. And how to take care of things is the same thing. If you try to make them—even though you try to put them under some control, it is impossible. You cannot do that. So sometimes, if you want to control people the best way is to encourage them to be mischievous. Then they will be in control in its wider sense. So to observe—to put things—to put large, spacious meadow for your sheep, or cow is how you control people. So let them do what they want, first, and watch them, is the best policy. But let alone policy is not good. That is worst. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them—just to watch them, without trying to control.


May 26 1966

Thursday, May 26th, 1966

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

May Sesshin Lecture:  GENJŌ-KŌAN, PARAGRAPHS 5-13

Thursday, May 26, 1966[1]

Sunday Morning

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Firewood turns into ash, and it does not turn into firewood again.  But do not suppose that the ash is after and the firewood before.  We must understand that firewood is at the stage of firewood, and there must—and there we find—there we find its before and after.  And yet with this past and future, its present is independent of them.  Ash is at the stage of ash, and there we find its before and after.  Just as firewood does not become firewood again after it’s—after it is ash, so does not ret- [partial word]—so a—so man does not return to life after his death.

In this paragraph, he [Dōgen-zenji] taught us the absolute independent—independency of our various existence, which covers everything.  Because it include everything, it is independent being.
So here we find the absolute liberation.  When we practice zazen, concentrating ourselves on each breathing, we are absolute independent being.


July 26 1965 2nd Talk

Monday, July 26th, 1965


Shunryū Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi


Monday, July 26, 1965

Lecture D

Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco

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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.