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Bodhidharma: Awakening the Archive, Tape 22

To hearken to this discuss, “Bodhidharma,” see the Suzuki Roshi Audio Archive the place it’s listed on the best facet.

This discuss was given by Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara on July 29, 1968.


Suzuki Roshi at Tass 1967

Kobun Chino, Shunryu Suzuki, and a customer, Helene Knox, at Tassajara in the summertime of 1967. Photograph by Minoru Aoki.

On this second tape made by Dan Gourley at Tassajara in the summertime of 1968, Suzuki Roshi begins by answering a query a couple of scroll of Bodhidharma. Within the beforehand present recording, as soon as he bought up from his seat and went over to the place the scroll was hanging, what he stated was inaudible, however on this recording we will hear his entire discuss, and a query and reply session with the scholars.

Dealing with and treating objects with care is a vital a part of Zen observe, and Suzuki Roshi explains totally different facets of caring for scrolls, earlier than happening to inform some historic tales about Bodhidharma, his place within the Zen lineage, and his well-known alternate with Emperor Wu, which he suggests will be thought of the primary koan story (certainly it’s positioned firstly of the Blue Cliff File assortment that Suzuki Roshi lectured extensively on through the years).

Throughout the discuss and his solutions, he touches on the philosophies of various colleges of Buddhism from that point, and numerous subjects that a few of his college students would have been conversant in: the “third view” of the Tendai faculty, which he had mentioned a number of instances in his lectures on the “Genjo Koan”; the discontinuity of time. That is additionally one of many few events the place he returns to the theme of newbie’s thoughts, in response to a query—it is a couple of years earlier than the e-book was revealed, however the transcripts had been excerpted within the Wind Bell (p63) the 12 months earlier than.

Most extensively, he talks in regards to the “first precept,” which had began to return up earlier within the 12 months when he lectured on the Lotus Sutra at Tassajara, and would once more within the subsequent sequence on the sutra, in addition to later lectures: “the primary precept is, you realize, the precept which is—which you can’t discuss. And which we transmit to grasp—from grasp to grasp, from patriarch to patriarch. However the educating which we transmit has—shouldn’t be written, you realize. So tips on how to transmit it to 1 particular person (?), that’s the level we must always research [laughter].” (33:17)

Contrasting the way in which that folks try for a fairer distribution of income, or anticipating to search out paths to the reality by way of authorities motion on equality, Suzuki Roshi notes, “from our viewpoint, it’s completely incorrect, you realize, understanding of honest, or fact. Reality shouldn’t be right here, you realize. The reality is one thing which we can’t, you realize, deliver it completely into our on a regular basis life… For us, it’s an excessive amount of to count on for presidency. We can’t count on a lot for the federal government.” (1:20:43)

There is no such thing as a good life available, simply as we can’t totally grasp or perceive the primary precept; “that’s the reason Zen put emphasis on our observe. Regardless of the educating is which was instructed by somebody, shouldn’t be absolute educating.” (39:21)


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