Awakening the Archive

The Awakening the Archive series is a year-long project that celebrates the release of the new Suzuki Roshi audio archive, and helps open the pathways for the sangha to engage with this great resource. 

Every two weeks, a significant or newly-discovered Suzuki Roshi talk is featured here with an in-depth article giving context, history, and connections.  Many of these featured talks will be drawn from the more than two-dozen newly discovered recordings, and several of these you might recognize as the basis for chapters of the books Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Not Always So.  

These articles are written by Shundo David Haye, a staff audio engineer and core team member of Engage Wisdom for many years, who is also a Zen priest and teacher in Suzuki Roshi's lineage.  Shundo has selected and sequenced the bi-weekly release of these specific talks to highlight the most interesting and significant moments in the collection of Suzuki Roshi's recorded voice.  

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We Are Always Helping Others

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #13, by Shundo David Haye =====

This tape is, happily, the last of the messed-up recordings from the first half of 1966. It is the first of two talks from the...

#new-audio, #please-transcribe, shushogi, #awakening-the-archive
Jul 23, 1966BSokoji

Bodhidharma

 ===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #22, by Shundo David Haye ===== 

In this second tape made by Dan Gourley at Tassajara in the summer of 1968, Suzuki Roshi starts by...

#new-audio, #improved-audio, Beginner’s Mind, first principle, Time, #approximate-date, #awakening-the-archive
Jul 29, 1968Tassajara

Bring Me The Rhinoceros Fan

 ===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #21, by Shundo David Haye ===== 

For whatever reason, there are few talks existing from the summer of 1968. At Tassajara, in the spring...

#new-audio, koan, #approximate-date, #awakening-the-archive
Jul 28, 1968Tassajara

Shosan Ceremony

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #23, by Shundo David Haye =====

This was the last of the three 5" reels that appeared to be from the summer of 1968, but there were no visual clues beyond...

shosan, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive
Tassajara

Genjo Koan continued

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #11, by Shundo David Haye =====

In the spring of 1966, having previously spent a number of years primarily lecturing on the Blue Cliff Record, Suzuki Roshi...

#new-audio, #please-transcribe, dogen, genjo koan, #approximate-date, #awakening-the-archive
Mar 13, 1966Sokoji

Forgotten the Value of Religion

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #5, by Shundo David Haye =====

The oldest recordings of Suzuki Roshi made at Sokoji, the home of the San Francisco Zen Center at the time, come from a week-...

#new-audio, sesshin, dogen, shobogenzo, inmost nature, #awakening-the-archive
Jul 27, 19651:00pmSokoji

Tokusan and The Old Lady

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #8, by Shundo David Haye =====

At Zen Center, responsibilities get passed on from person to person regularly. One part of traditional Zen training is that a...

#inaudible, #new-audio, #please-transcribe, #improved-audio, genjo koan, #awakening-the-archive
Feb 19, 1966pmSokoji

Tokusan and The Old Lady

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #10, by Shundo David Haye =====

This is another track from the same problematic reel as the previous two talks in this series. Initially, it seemed to be a...

sesshin, #new-audio, #inaudible, #please-transcribe, diamond sutra, #awakening-the-archive
Feb 19, 19661:00pmSokoji

Where There is Some Limitation, There is Universality

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #9, by Shundo David Haye =====

This talk is found on the same reel as the one previously discussed (https://suzukiroshi.engagewisdom.com/talks/tokusan-and-old-...

#new-audio, sesshin, dogen, #awakening-the-archive
Feb 18, 1966Sokoji

Real Calmness Is In A Noisy Place

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #12, by Shundo David Haye =====

This talk is another example of a track that was somehow overlooked for many years, while the...

#new-audio, sesshin, shobogenzo, Beginner’s Mind, #awakening-the-archive
Mar 26, 1966Sokoji

Beginner's Mind

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #1, by Shundo David Haye =====

When this particular, otherwise unremarkable, reel was photographed as part of Engage Wisdom’s archiving process, unlike...

#zmbm, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive, Beginner’s Mind, dogen, precepts
Nov 11, 1965Los Altos

Calmness

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #3, by Shundo David Haye =====

In this talk, which became the Calmness chapter of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (p121), Suzuki Roshi starts with a Japanese Zen...

#zmbm, #new-audio, dogen, zazen, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 26, 1965Los Altos

Study Yourself

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #4, by Shundo David Haye =====

"I always felt his best Zen talks were the ones he gave on Thursday mornings in my home. They were spontaneous, succinct and...

#zmbm, #new-audio, dogen, genjo koan, rinzai, #awakening-the-archive
Sep 09, 1965Los Altos

Pure Rules

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #6, by Shundo David Haye =====

The value of these sets of recordings during sesshins in the summer of 1965 at Sokoji is that not only were the formal dharma...

#new-audio, sesshin, instruction, #awakening-the-archive
Jul 28, 19659:00amSokoji

Lunch Instruction

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #7, by Shundo David Haye =====

This is a second short instruction from the same day of sesshin as the Pure Rules talk (https://suzukiroshi.engagewisdom.com/...

sesshin, #new-audio, oryoki, instruction, #awakening-the-archive
Jul 28, 196512:00Sokoji

Wisdom Seeks For Wisdom

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #2, by Shundo David Haye =====

Among the tapes previously known to exist in the Zen Center archives, the earliest were from a sesshin held at the end of July...

#new-audio, #awakening-the-archive, true nature, precepts, genjo koan, instruction
Jul 22, 1965Los Altos

Genjo Koan

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #14, by Shundo David Haye =====

The acquisition of Tassajara in 1967 was a huge leap for Zen Center. Suzuki Roshi had long been interested in finding a...

genjo koan, dogen, sesshin, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 20, 1967MorningTassajara

When You Have A New Experience

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #15, by Shundo David Haye =====

This talk was given later on the same day of the first Tassajara sesshin as the last one discussed (https://suzukiroshi....

sesshin, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 20, 1967EveningTassajara

Genjo Koan no 2

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #16, by Shundo David Haye =====

This third talk from the historic inaugural sesshin at Tassajara in 1967, given the day after the first two, is divided into...

sesshin, dogen, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 21, 1967Tassajara

Buddhism Is Not a Special Teaching; Enlightenment Is Not a Particular Stage

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #17, by Shundo David Haye =====

About half way through this sesshin talk, you can start to hear crickets in the background, getting louder over the remaining...

sesshin, dogen, genjo koan, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive, #approximate-date
Aug 23, 1967Tassajara

Reflections on the Prajna Paramita Sutra

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #19, by Shundo David Haye =====

This is the talk that was chosen by the Wind Bell...

sesshin, #new-audio, sengai, #awakening-the-archive, Time
Aug 24, 1967Tassajara

To Polish A Tile Is Our Practice Actually

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #18, by Shundo David Haye =====

Further to the date confusion and missing talks discussed last time, it seems that even Suzuki Roshi lost track of time during...

sesshin, #new-audio, prajna paramita, shobogenzo, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 23, 1967Tassajara

Think the Unthinkable

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #20, by Shundo David Haye ===== 

This talk comes from the middle of the second sesshin at Tassajara, in December 1967. Unlike the extreme heat...

sesshin, #new-audio, fukanzazengi, #awakening-the-archive
Dec 04, 1967AfternoonTassajara

Not Sticking to Enlightenment

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #26, by Shundo David Haye =====

It's not completely clear how this talk dropped off the radar, as the tape had been copied and transcribed previously...

#not-always-so, #new-audio, #awakening-the-archive, sesshin, sixth patriarch
Feb 12, 1971BCity Center

Zazen Practice and Listen to the Right Teacher

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #24, by Shundo David Haye =====

In the last years of Suzuki Roshi's life, very few talks were lost from the collections. The previously available...

sesshin, #new-audio, dogen, bodhidharma, precepts, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 03, 1970City Center

Lay Ordination Ceremony

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #25, by Shundo David Haye =====

This tape, which is unfortunately very poorly recorded, gives us a sense of the lay ordination ceremony that took place at City...

precepts, ceremony, #new-audio, #please-transcribe, #awakening-the-archive
Aug 23, 1970City Center