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Friday, January 30, 2015

Inviting Enlightenment

Suzuki is reading from Gakudo-yojin-shu, Section 3, in Reiho Masunaga (Ed. And Trans.), Zen for Daily Living, Tokyo, Shunjusha Publishing, 1964, pp. 56–72. (Dogen's Guidelines for Studying the Way)


Training invites enlightenment. Your own treasure does not come from the outside. Enlightenment comes into its own with training. How can enlightened action leave my traces? If we look back on training with enlightened eyes, we see no dust. Looking for traces is like trying to spot a white cloud ten thousand miles away.


Not sure in this excerpt if Suzuki is reading or commenting cause there were some grammatical errors and repeats which sound like him talking. He didn't use the word "training" but he might have used it cause it was used in the book, still maybe this is from the book or at least him paraphrasing it. But he liked it and I like it so it's today's post. Must get that text and make clear which is which - one of many tasks to do for the presentation of his lectures. - DC

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-12-17-A as found on shunryusuzuki.com -  - Excerpt edited by DC