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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Following from Yesterday

Suzuki said: So, all of us will get into trouble. He may be okay because he didn't kill anything, so he’s perfect [laughs]. But all the people because of that, will get into difficulties. That is not bodhisattva. That is not true spirit of precepts.

[Here's my take on it]

So, all of us will get into trouble. [trying to figure out what to do about the fact that we're faced with choices of to kill or not to kill all the time, the garden being the clearest example.=

He may be okay because he didn't kill anything, so he’s perfect [laughs]. [He's giving an example here of what someone may be thinking.]

But all the people because of that, will get into difficulties. That is not bodhisattva. That is not true spirit of precepts. [So simplistic ideas like his example above is not the true spirit of the precepts.]

             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed 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 https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo