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from Shunryu Suzuki lectures - 2014-5
[laughs] = Suzuki laughs [laughter] = students laugh
Object of Worship
I thought for a while about the meaning of the word worship. It's one of those terms with a lot of baggage from religious approaches I found unappealing. We never used it my home where the emphasis was on knowing that mind, as in big mind, is all and perfect. But I knew there had to be a meaning for the word that made sense to me. I determined that it could only mean something in the realm of to be aware and thus not lost in thought. Suzuki said that we worship whatever it is we're doing. I liked that. Here are some comments from Suzuki using the phrase "object of worship." - DC
practice we have no special object of worship. If so, our practice
is something different from the usual practice.
Now this from ZMBM- Limiting your Activity
In our practice we have no particular purpose or goal, nor any special object of worship. In this respect our practice is somewhat different from the usual religious practices
When we practice zazen we limit our activity to the smallest extent. Just keeping the right posture and being concentrated on sitting is how we express the universal nature. Then we become Buddha, and we express Buddha nature. So instead of having some object of worship, we just concentrate on the activity which we do in each moment. When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat. If you do this, the universal nature is there..
is, maybe, rather difficult to understand for you because Buddhism is not
monotheism or pantheism. This is -- Buddhism is something different from
your understanding of religion. It may be better to consider -- to accept
Buddhism something quite different from your understanding. It looks like
pantheism, but in Buddhism also there is several ways of believing in our
life -- [blank] -- something like pantheism because we say everything has
Buddha nature so in this point Buddhism is pantheism, but we do not
emphasize -- concentrate -- our religion is not concentrated on object
of worship rather than subject of worship so … I don’t know
what to say -- it may be better to forget all about idea of atheism or
pantheism or monotheism -- because we don’t know what to say -- what
category Buddhism can be put. In our belief we do not emphasize the
object of worship rather we -- and we emphasize the subject of
worship. We, ourselves, is Buddha and Buddha is not some particular
object of worship. We, ourselves, are Buddha. This is the main point.
Buddha put emphasis on subject of worship does not mean to
emphasize ego centered idea.
from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Bowing (don't find this in the lectures)
When you forget all your dualistic ideas, everything becomes your teacher, and everything can be the object of worship.
For more go to this entry on the Suzuki lecture archive found on Shunryu Suzuki dot com. - not Edited by DC, posted 1-09-15