Suzuki Roshi

‘We should be, you know, not only able to– being able to talk about– about practice, we should experience, you know– we must have full experience– better experience of our practice. And for– for someone, you know, it is necessary to have– to put confidence in your big mind which is always with you. And […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Without losing, you know, ourselves in city life, you know, to help others– how to help others is the point. We should be– whatever we do we should be Buddhist. To be Buddhist should not be just to practice zazen in calm nice building like a hermit [laughs]. That is not our way. Mahayana bodhisattva […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘The most important point is for us to exist in right place in right way. If we exist in right place in right way, everything exists in right place in right way. But usually without being aware of this point we try to change something else where it exists. That is wrong. Even though you […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘We are studying now the sutra of the sixth patriarch, in the evening lecture, and PRAJNA (this is of course Sanskrit word) we mean, wisdom, but this wisdom is not intellect, or knowledge. This wisdom is so-called our inmost nature, which is always in incessant activity. Zazen practice is to — wisdom seeking for wisdom […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Just to feel good we study, and just to feel better we practice zazen. No one knows, you know, what will happen to us after sitting, you know, one, two, or ten years. No one knows. No one knows is right. Just to feel good we sit zazen, actually. Eventually that kind of practice, you […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Zazen is scripture itself. To do zazen for weeks or hours is to bring scripture into being. No scripture is left out of zazen, Buddha’s whole life teaching is there. In zazen Buddha (we) creates scripture, Buddha (we) creates Buddha. In zazen we are Buddha.’ (From the Suzuki Roshi archives)

Jakusho Kwong

‘In a Zen temple or monastery collecting garbage is one of the most important jobs. When we pick up papers or garbage, we have to understand that we are also picking up the garbage inside our own minds. The words outside and inside are two ways of describing one thing. Since our thoughts and dualistic understanding are […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘So even though you sit, you know, and watching something like sunflower [laughs]– someone was looking, you know, in front of sunflower– watching the sunflower in hot sun, and I tried. It was wonderful, you know. I feel whole universe in the sunflower. That is my, you know, experience, but I don’t know how someone […]

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, […]