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Starting a page for quotes from Shunryu Suzuki lectures (12-14-14) as I read through them. And I'll be editing these excerpts a little when necessary to make them easier to read and understand. If you want to see the original just go to the verbatim transcript on shunryusuzuki.com. Latest post on top. Posting these now on cuke blog here. Also can find them by clicking on What's New above.
1-16-15 - Talking about Unrelated Stuff
1-15-15 - On Attracting New Members
1-14-15 - On a Trudy Dixon memorial
1-13-15 - Circles on the Blackboard
1-12-15 - Killing
1-11-15 - Bowing
1-10-15 - Buddha Seed Etc.
1-08-15 - The Spirit of the Lotus Sutra
1-07-15 - Breath Counting - After all, What is it?
1-06-15 - The "all will be lost" quote
1-05-15 - An excerpt from Peter Schneider Interview one with Shunryu Suzuki - here talking about his English teacher Nona Ransom - with comments by DC and a link to the Shunryu on Shunryu page and a bit on what's there.
1-03-14 - Running into a Wall
1-02-14 - War and Peace
1-01-15 - Big Mind
12-30-14 - Interdependency
12-29-14 - What to do about anger
12-28-14 - A curious beginning to this Shunryu Suzuki lecture
12-27-14 - Stealing your teacher's wife?
12-25-14 - Christmas, New Years, Beginner's Mind
12-24-14 - Fire Seeking Fire with a humorous interruption
12-23-14 - Docho Roshi, who are you?
12-22-14 - Things as they are as it is
12-21-14 - Buddha Buddha Buddha Buddha
12-20-14 - The Four Noble Truths in an unusual order.
12-18-14 - Shunryu Suzuki's use of the word "should."
12-17-14 - Shunryu Suzuki tells a story about Ian Kishizawa.
12-16-14 - Statement at end of Sesshin, Apr 1968 [68-04-23-C]
Tuesday, April 23, 1968
In spite of my lack of effort, you fulfilled this training period very well. I am satisfied Katsuzen-san did it very well, supported by many students who are here with us.
We say, “Before spring has gone, the summer comes.” We had spring training. And right here we will have the next sesshin.
If I pause for a while, I cannot help being amazed at what I see, including you. You developed very well, and at the same time Tassajara became more and more mature. These may not be the right words for congratulations, but it is exactly how I feel. So we should try not to be lost in our practice, and Tassajara also should not be lost from this world by your efforts. Like various unknown flowers near the stream, we should keep up with the world of transiency.
Thank you very much.
Edited by DC with this comment: Suzuki's reference to his lack of effort is because he missed most of the practice period due to a lengthy flu. "Katherine" was replaced with "Katzuzen," shuso, head monk, Phillip Wilson's Zen name. The seasonal comment reflects the Japanese view of each season hinting at its coming in the prior one. I wrote about this in Thank You and OK. This is the entire lecture or comment.
12-15-14 - File name: 68-02-00-A: Lotus Sūtra No. 1.
The six Lotus Sutra lectures from February of 1968, sources for yesterday and today's excerpts, were included in the archive by DC in 2012 and only now getting to fixing some glitches in scanning and OCR and a few corrections here and there. Corrected versions should be on shunryusuzuki.com in a while. - DC
12-14-14 - From 68-02-00-C: Lotus Sūtra No. 3
Suzuki's lecturing on the Lotus Sutra which he did three times in 68 and 69, a number of lectures each time. A lot of it was him reading from the sutra which was full of hyperbolic description and lists and he's explaining the meaning of terms and names of Buddhas and so forth. It seriously bored almost everyone. In the fall 68 series, I went to him and urged him to stop. Offered alternatives like having us read the sutra in study and then meeting with him to discuss it so he didn't have to slowly read it to us. I was persistent but unsuccessful. Here we go - the part in quotes he's reading:
Some people believe in
evil spirits, you know [laughs]. But no evil spirit can exist in the same
way forever. They are changing. Whatever existences may be, they are
changing. There is nothing that does not change. To believe in some
permanent one deity is also based on the idea of existence. That is not
spiritual life. It is another form of material life.
- Shunryu Suzuki (edited by DC) from 68-01-11B in
shunryusuzuki.com - That file
name will change to 68-01-11-B. -
Suzuki Lecture page on cuke.
Since I'm reading through Suzuki's lectures, thought I'd
post quotes here regularly. Will start a page for them tomorrow. - DC
Since I'm reading through Suzuki's lectures, thought I'd post quotes here regularly. Will start a page for them tomorrow. - DC