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3-08-13 - Alexander Kantner wrote:
I am a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union/Institute for Buddhist Studies (also a student of Alan Senauke). I am working on my thesis about lay teaching and practice in Suzuki-roshi's lineage.
I have been trying to track down the source for a quote that has do with Suzuki being asked if his decision to give Dharma transmission to Richard Baker implied that Baker was enlightened, and Suzuki responding, "No. It means his understanding is good and his commitment is complete." (Or something to that effect.)I thought that I had read this in Crooked Cucumber, but cannot seem to find it. Can you help me locate a source for this?
Yes that's in Crooked Cucumber.
Here's what I sent. - dc
Chapter 17 - page 154 in the file I have - at the end of a section.
For almost a year Suzuki had been informing people
of his decision to give Richard transmission in
"Okay, Roshi, then what does transmission mean?" I asked Suzuki in his office at Sokoji on that day in 1969 when he had told Bob and me of his plan. "Does it mean that Richard Baker is perfectly enlightened, and that his mind is the same as the mind of Buddha? Is his understanding complete?"
"Oh, no no no," Suzuki said. "Don't make too much of it. It means he has a good understanding. A good understanding and a complete commitment."
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