This is the Cuke Archives page for what’s being featured each day.
Our other two Zen sites: - all the transcripts, audio, film, photo archive
and - for Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
New 2021: Audiobook for Crooked Cucumber & Zen Is Right Now: More Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki
Youtube Cuke Archives - Posts from here also appear on Facebook Cuke Archives
Core Books by and about Shunryu Suzuki -- People Index -- DC home -- DC Books
Cuke Podcasts - Instagram Cuke Archives - - Donate
For personal, environment, music, etc, go to Cuke nonZense Blog and cuke-annex
Search cuke blog 

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Teacher and Disciple

It is quite natural for a teacher to recommend some other teacher for a disciple. And once he becomes a disciple he should try hard to devote himself to study his teacher’s way. At first a disciple may like him not just because he wants to study Buddhism. He may want to study under him for some other reason, but it doesn’t matter. Anyway, [laughs] if he devotes himself completely to the teacher, he will understand. He will be his teacher’s disciple, and he can transmit our way.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Shunryu Suzuki’s master - Gyokujun So-on Suzuki