Suzuki Roshi

‘Whatever the teaching may be: the teaching confronts each. In accordance with the circumstances, the teaching has absolute value; and to accord with the circumstances the teaching should have an infinite number of forms.
Buddhism in its pure and formless form is given to us in samadhi or zazen when we are ready to accept Buddhism without expecting anything. Buddhism is not something you will find out when you try. When you are just ready to accept it, everything you see flashes forth the great light, everything you hear is the wondrous Pre-voice. That is why we sit.’

Following on from yesterday’s words, here is a transcript from the early days of Suzuki Roshi’s teachings at Zen Center. I had not realised until recently that he went through the whole Blue Cliff Record way back before there was Tassajara or City Center…

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