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Monday, November 18, 2019

Ego

Egolessness does not mean to annihilate or to give up our own individual practice. True egolessness should forget egolessness too. So as long as you understand your practice as egolessness, then it means you stick to ego practice too. So, when you practice your own practice with others, true egolessness happens. That egolessness is not just, you know, egolessness, it is also maybe ego practice. And at the same time it is practice of egolessness. So this egolessness is beyond ego or egolessness [laughs]. Do you understand? -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ears

When we observe one thing together, we should forget our own practice. When we practice something with people it is partly each individuals practice and it is also others' practice. So, we say, for instance, when we recite sutra, "Recite sutra with your ears." Really? You know, to listen to others' chanting. So with our mouths we practice and with our ears we practice. We listen to other's practice. So, here we have the complete egolessness in it's true sense.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC [DC comment: At Sokoji there was a sign in the zendo where we chanted that read, [Chant sutra with your ears."]

Friday, November 15, 2019

Chosen

Disciple, of course, can, will, must choose his teacher. Teacher, when he's chosen should accept him as a disciple. Sometimes teacher may recommended some other teacher for disciple. Or else, you know, human relationship will not be perfect. So if a teacher think, think his friend is maybe more perfect teacher for him, he may recommend him as a teacher. But, between teachers there's there should not be any conflict. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Contact

So, naturally how we transmit our way through activity or through contact, through human relationships. Here we have relationship between teacher and disciple. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Transmit

Zazen, this posture, is not only, not originally maybe a kind of training or something but it is not just training it is more the actual way of transmitting Buddha's way to us. Through practice we can actually transmit Buddha's teaching because words is not good enough to actualize its teaching. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Direct

To have direct contact with reality is Zen practice. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, November 11, 2019

Wisdom

So how we get out of suffering is to have wisdom, to see things as it is. By your thinking that is not possible. But your thinking will help when you think from various angles. If you want to have sudden enlightenment, you should fight it out. If you do not want to feel that you are fooled by something, then you should try for it little by little according to your wisdom or thinking. Sometimes, by wisdom, we mean wisdom followed by teaching. Wisdom sometimes is direct understanding. To have direct contact with the reality is wisdom.   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cause

Cause of suffering is the Second Noble Truth, that this world is... Maybe better to explain more at this point. Origination of suffering, you know, that something exists here is already suffering, for what is, for us, for me that I’m here is suffering. [laughter] [laughs] And how you take this suffering is the point. [laughs]. That I’m here is suffering and maybe it is joy too. [laughs] It is all right to be here. And it is a kind of joy. Joy is also suffering. [laughs] Not only after I have joy, but simultaneously I suffer too, Because I suffer I have joy. So, to have suffering and joy at the same time. Two sides of one coin.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, November 8, 2019

Suzuki mentions the Four Noble Truths

Do you notice anything in this listing of the Four Noble Truths by Suzuki?

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Student: What are the Four Noble Truths?

SR: The Four Noble Truths are that this world is the world of suffering.

Student: That’s number one?

SR: Yeah. And cause of suffering.

Student: That’s two?

SR: Two. The third one way to have diversions from, way to get out of it [the Eightfold Path]

and  Enlightenment or Nirvana. 

Student: That’s three, isn’t it?

SR: No four.

Student: Fourth is Nirvana.

SR: Fourth is Nirvana.   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC
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The student was correct. Nirvana is the Third Noble Truth - at least I've never seen it listed as number four. And the Eightfold Path is always in my experience listed as the Fourth Noble Truth. This isn't the only time Suzuki did it this way. Maybe there's an alternate order in some Chinese or Japanese tradition, but I bet he just saw it that way and never thought to check. It does make sense in the order Suzuki used and doesn't seem to matter. He never seemed to me to care much for the letter of the law, just the spirit. - DC

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Perfection

There is nothing is perfect. Nothing is perfect is meant by the teaching of selflessness. We think, you know, it is possible to attain or to get contact with something, yeah, to understand or to grasp something perfect. But to attain some stage of perfection according to Buddhism that is not possible. [laughs] It is not possible. When you understand that is not possible, that understanding is perfect understanding and that is [laughs] enlightenment. [Laughter]  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC