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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Commenting on the Lotus Stura

The last kalpa will be when everything will go, including human life. Juko is the name for the kalpas when everything existed pretty firmly, without losing its form, and eko [samvarta kalpa] means the time at the end of juko when everything will disintegrate. Integrated age and disintegrated age. An integrated age is twenty kalpas long, and one kalpa is our lifespan going up and down, from ten to eighty thousand years. [That means beings evolving from lifespans of ten to eighty thousand years and back so it's just an inconceivable number.

Student 1: Will there still be Buddha after the disintegration?

S.R.: There is a koan which is exactly the same as your question.

Student 1: What is the answer to the koan?

S.R.: That is also a koan, so this is your homework. Interesting question. 
 -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-02-00-D as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC