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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Reading and commenting on a famous story

Now, Bodhidharma, when he came to China, he visited Emperor Wu or Wuteng  and there were famous questions and answers. This is the first subject of Blue Cliff Record. "Attention: the Emperor Wu of Liang asked the great teacher Bodhidharma, 'What is the first meaning of holy reality?'" What is the first principle? "Bodhidharma said, 'Emptiness. No sacredness.'" No holiness. "The Emperor said, 'Confronting me, who is it?'" Who is here? Aren't you a teacher or a holy person?. "Bodhidharma said, 'I don't know.' The Emperor did not accord. Thereupon Bodhidharma crossed the river and reached the land of Wei." "I" in Japanese.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 68-07-23 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) lecture tapes. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Go to for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo