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[This section is about the work going on at the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) to get Suzuki-roshi's lectures in order and preserved, the tapes and the transcripts. I have worked a lot in this area too, but the area I'm concentrating on is the oral history of those who met Suzuki, of folks whose lives he touched.--DC]
Errors/Omissions/Typos in Suzuki-roshi Transcripts...
Compiled by Bill Redican, head of the Archive Project for the San Francisco Zen Center. [only part time as of 2002]
NOTE FROM DC: The quotes I used in Crooked Cucumber are edited to varying degrees by myself with the help of others, notably Richard Baker-roshi, Suzuki-roshi's American dharma heir. With rare exception I didn't go back to the tapes, so it will be interesting to see what errors were included in the lecture quotes I used. In time I plan to post the original verbatim quote that my edited quotes were based on.
Sometimes a typo slipped in and has been preserved diligently for years:
What the transcript said: "... when small mind becomes clam, the
Big Mind starts its true activity."
More often, what Suzuki-roshi said was probably just misunderstood:
What the transcript said: "... you are both ordinary mind and
What the transcript said: "... ordinary mind is dual, you
What the transcript said: "... then it is not so, you know,
What the transcript said: "Here we have our mutual
What the transcript said: "... it does matter whether you are
successful or not."
What the transcript said: "We bodhisattvas should work on
What the transcript said: "... Fujiyama-roshi." "...
What the transcript said: "... building should be upright to the
Sometimes an omission makes a great difference:
What the transcript said: "So whether they are priests or layman,
they got together and recited sutras ... ."
Occasionally the transcriber felt free to create his or her own phrases:
What the transcript said: "'Namu Amida Butsu, Namu Amida Butsu',
they want to be Amitabha's children. The same thing is true with our zazen
practice, we want to be children of emptiness, at the bosom of
What the transcript said: "I thought he was going back to Japan,
but [he] was going to Jerusalem, the place where Christ was born
What the transcript said: (Phrase added:) "Don't establish your
own rules for yourself. You are making a rule-bound establishment."
What the transcript said: (Phrase added:) "Unless you are ready to
accept other's practice, you cannot be so strict with your own way, or
else strictness becomes stubbornness."
Note from DC: See what transcribers remember. Where transcriber is known, check to see if any of their additions or ommisions were suggested by Suzuki-roshi when they asked him for a clarification.
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