Suzuki Roshi

‘Actually, if you are a Zen student, then you should be very– or you should be always alert. How to be alert is– alert is, as much as possible to– to be attentive to your surrounding, without having personal preference, or without being involved in your own feeling. That is very important point.’ (from the Suzuki […]

Leaving Home, Attaining The Way

I was offering the zazen instruction at Zen Center last Saturday for the first time in a while, and as I was running through some of the things I often say, I remembered that I was coming up to the tenth anniversary of my shukke tokudo, which, like other important ceremonies, had taken place in the Buddha Hall, […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘It looks like a very impractical waste of time to sit here all day on your cushion; but if you understand yourself you will understand why we practice zazen. ‘ (from the Suzuki Roshi archives) This was from a talk during a very early sesshin at Sokoji, when I imagine many of the participants did not […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Since I moved in this building, people ask me how do you feel [laughs]. But I haven’t find myself in this building. I don’t know what I am doing here [laughs, laughter]. Everything is so unusual to me. So actually I haven’t [laughs]– not much feeling. But I am thinking about now how to adjust […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Student: Docho Roshi, for my practice, I believe that the hardest and deepest teaching of Buddhism for all men is to know not to be attached to any thing. Can you explain why this is so? SR: Not to attach to any thing, we say. Why you asked this question is, you know, it is […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘We are Buddha. This is rather difficult to accept. So we say, Zen Buddhism is very easy to understand intellectually. It is not difficult to understand, but it is difficult to believe in it completely. We cannot accept ourselves as Buddha. This is very difficult point. But intellectually each one of us is Buddha. That […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘So I think we have so many students here, but I don’t know how many of you will stay with us. I don’t know how many. If you have good reason to stay here you will stay. But if you haven’t got much reason, I don’t know. What I am saying right now is when […]