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Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcripts 2012

Two brief Shunryu Suzuki comments
from the Fall, 1967 Wind Bell

Found these going through the Wind Bells (publication of SFZC) and looking for Shunryu Suzuki material not in archive. I assume they were edited by Richard Baker or maybe Peter Schneider. Below are the scanned images from which the text was transcribed. To get these into the lecture archive have to name them. - DC , January 2012


Wind Bell Vol. VI Nos. 2-4, P.4


 Through the practice period Buddha's way will be known in America. The practice period originated with Buddha's sangha (community of disciples) during the rainy season in India when the monks could not go wandering from village to village begging and teaching. In Japan only certain Zen temples are given the privilege of being able to hold practice periods. Now this indispensable practice has begun in America and it must not be discontinued. Each year we must have at least one practice period; it is indispensible for the students at Zenshinji and for the existence of Zenshinji itself. Strict observation of the practice period with qualified teachers and qualified students is one of the foundations of Zen Buddhism and is the most important reason we started Tassajara.


Wind Bell Vol. VI Nos. 2-4, P.50


If you are truly involved with the development of our way,

there will be no idea of development,

of religious or worldly, of Japanese or American,

of man or woman, or even of Zen.

Such true activity will start

 when distinctions are forgotten

 and hindrances become the opportunity for practice.

Thus you will know your own way .

It is the time to put these seven hundred year old

 teachings of Dogen Zenji into practice.

Both entries scanned from Wind Bell by David Chadwick on Jim Richardsonís scanner. Entered onto disc by Edgar Arnold January 2012

Note that indispensible is misspelled in the Wind Bell version. - dc

Later it's intended the whole page from these quotes, the articles they were used in, and this whole Wind Bell will be included here. - dc

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