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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Precepts

Before Hyakujo, almost all the Zen masters lived in precepts temples and observed Indian precepts. But it is not appropriate for Chinese people who live in China where the climate is different and way of life different from India. Even though teaching changed into Mahayana, precepts did not. They didn't change precepts, which they should do. But Hyakujo did it and organized a monastic life. Since then we observe our precepts. Of course after Hyakujo, we changed our precepts many times. Precepts is the way of life.. ---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-02 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.