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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OLD - If Our Teaching Is A Special Teaching

SR-67-09-00-A -2 (continued) (conclusion) [This tape is a continuation of SR-67-09-00-A-1]

Unknown

OLD - Become More Honest and Direct

SR-68-00-00-B (complete) - duplicate

Unknown

OLD - Become More Direct and Honest

Copy Master 1 - no date - "Background music" - duplicate

Unknown

Become More Direct and Honest

Protection Master: re-recording from cassette marked "Suzuki Roshi talk with background music: no date, original copied" (Sony C60 side A); recorded: 7 1/2 ips, bias: normal, recorded 'left and right' tracks, length: about 25 mins; sound...

1968
Unknown

At The End Of The Year We Clean Up Our House

Dec 1968 New Year Lecture

Beginner’s Mind, Dogen, Japan
Dec 29 1968
Sokoji

OLD - Each One Of Us Is A Cook

70 #5 - Sesshin 2-1-70

Feb 01 1970
Unknown

OLD -Zen Is Also Buddhism

SR-67-09-00-A -2 (continued) (conclusion) [This tape is a continuation of SR-67-09-00-A-1]

Tassajara

OLD - Bodhidharma

SR-68-06-00-1 (start) (continued) - duplicate

Tassajara

OLD - Bodhidharma

SR-68-06-00-2 (finish) - duplicate

Tassajara

OLD - Sesshin, Sixth Night Lecture

SR summer sesshin 1969 6th night lecture #4 copy master

Tassajara

OLD - Wherever You Are, Enlightenment Is There

Copy Master Suzuki Roshi 1969 summer sesshin lecture #1 - duplicate

Tassajara

OLD - Sesshin, Sixth Night Lecture

Protection Master. Made from cassette: "summer sesshin 1969 Roshi lecture 6th night #4". Bell or wind ringing Secret of breath creating practice. Explanation of shosan ceremony. Time 50' - duplicate

Tassajara

OLD - Stand Up By The Ground

Protection Master "Suzuki Roshi summer sesshin 1969 2nd night lecture - duplicate

Tassajara

OLD - Summer 68 Tassajara

Summer 68 Tassajara - poor tape quality (on cassette) - Dan Gourley #7

Tassajara

Genjo Koan no 4

Track 1 17/8 - Suzuki lectures - beginning missed, one or two sentences; beginning: This is the last lecture of sesshin. We have talked of emptiness and form, but have not understood it well.

Maezumi's words are included on the end of the tape, and...

Sesshin, Dogen, Genjokoan, Time
Aug 24 1967
A
Tassajara

If Our Teaching Is A Special Teaching

SR013 date? Fall 1967 Tassajara III - Side 2 2nd half - Part of Suzuki lecture copied

Sep 1967
Tassajara

Zen Is Also Buddhism

SR013 date? Fall 1967 Tassajara III - Side 1 + 1/2 side 2 Suzuki lecture copied

Sep 1967
Tassajara

OLD -Using Various Stones

SR-67-09-08 (-A-2 - is crossed out) - F-1 (start) continue)

Sep 08 1967
Tassajara

OLD -Using Various Stones

SR-67-09-08 (-A-2 - is crossed out) - F-2 (finish)

Sep 08 1967
Tassajara

OLD - Using Various Stones

SR 014 - On this tape: lectures A and B and also first part of D. This is to be known as the A-B lecture tape or #1 ZMC (has been transcribed) Track 1 Roshi's lecture A 9/8/67 - copied

Sep 08 1967
Tassajara

OLD -Ignorance

SR-67-09-08 (-B-1 - is crossed out) - G (start) (finish)

Sep 08 1967
Tassajara

Practice Zazen With Your Whole Mind And Body

This is lecture D from these notes on the reel boxes (05132-B was added to this)
Several minutes of tape operator's notes at the end are included, the transcript was copied over from what was previously thought of as 66-08-15.
They fit here and...

Instruction, Zazen
Sep 08 1967
Morning
Tassajara

OLD - Ignorance

SR 014 - On this tape: lectures A and B and also first part of D. This is to be known as the A-B lecture tape or #1 ZMC (has been transcribed) Track 1 Roshi's lecture B - copied

Sep 08 1967
Tassajara

The Practice of Constancy

SR015 - On this tape is Lecture C and last part of Lecture D. This tape is known as the C lecture tape of as #2 - Track 1 Roshi's Lecture C 9/12/67 - copied

Prajna Paramita, Bodhisattva
Sep 12 1967
Tassajara

OLD - Inner Power of Practice

SR-67-12-04-A (start) (finish) - This tape repeated 67-12-02, but section at end was missing section of 67-12-01 and -02!

Dec 02 1967
Tassajara

Inner Power of Practice

SR017 - Track 1 - slow - Roshi Lecture - 12/2/67 - afternoon - copied

Sesshin, Blue Cliff Record
Dec 02 1967
Tassajara

Everything Itself Is Buddha

SR20 - Reel #5 Suzuki track 1 - Roshi's lecture sesshin #7 12/6/67 Afternoon - copied

(This audio is only the first part of the talk)

Sesshin, Buddha Nature
Dec 06 1967
B
Tassajara

The Mind Which We Will Acquire

SR20 - Reel #5 Suzuki - other side - Roshi - another lecture 12/6/67? copied

(The audio is the very end of 67-12-06-A only)

Dec 06 1967
Tassajara

OLD - Meal Chant

SR-68-01-11-B-1 (start) (continued) Fragment at start is end of 68-01-11, then rest of lecture

Jan 11 1968
Tassajara

Meal Chant

SR022 - VII 1: Roshi talk - Meal Sutra (copied) - ZMC - 1968 year?

Jan 11 1968
Tassajara

OLD - Samantabdra Buddha

SR-68-01-11-B-1 (start) (continued) repeats 68-01-12

Jan 12 1968
Tassajara

OLD - Samantabdra Buddha

Duplicate

Jan 12 1968
Tassajara

Samantabadra Buddha

SR022 - VII 1: Roshi talk - Meal Sutra (copied) - 2: " little bit 2: (ready to go at 000 after Jan 11 lecture) (copied) - ZMC - 1968 year?

Jan 12 1968
Tassajara

OLD - Shosan Ceremony

Copy - tape 2 of 2 Suzuki Roshi Q&A ceremony - no date (Spring '68?) - copy of o/r 68-04-23 - duplicate

Sesshin, Shosan
Apr 23 1968
B
Tassajara

OLD - Shosan Ceremony

Copy - tape 1 of 2 Suzuki Roshi Q&A ceremony - no date (Spring '68?) - copy of o/r 68-04-23 - duplicate

Apr 23 1968
B
Tassajara

Because I Was Not Well

SR023 Track 1 Suzuki Roshi's afternoon sesshin 4-23-68 copied [there are also photographs of hand-written notes on missing portions of Q&A - per tape operator's comments]

Sesshin, Koan, Ordinary Mind, everyday mind
Apr 23 1968
A
Tassajara

Shosan Ceremony

SR023 Track 1 to 1/3 of other side Suzuki Roshi Question and Answer ceremony - copied 2 tapes [there are also photographs of hand-written notes on missing portions of Q&A - per tape operator's comments]

Sesshin, Shosan
Apr 23 1968
B
Tassajara

Shuso Ceremony

SR023 Last 2/3 side 2 Philip's discussion ceremony - copied 2 tapes [there are also photographs of hand-written notes on missing portions of Q&A - per tape operator's comments]

Sesshin, Shuso Ceremony
Apr 23 1968
C
Tassajara

What is Soto and what is Rinzai?

SR024 Tass July 26/68 Roshi Sectarianism copied; July 21 Chino Sensei; July 24 Chino Sensei - also many handwritten notes on the content
NB: the date for the SR talk in the photographs is not the same as Chadwick.

This talk takes place shortly after...

Soto Zen, Rinzai
Jul 26 1968
Tassajara

To Have Complete Understanding of Our School

SR024 Tass July 26/68 Roshi Sectarianism copied; July 21 Chino Sensei; July 24 Chino Sensei - also many handwritten notes on the content.

Since there was no talk by Chino Sensei on this tape, this is dated July 27th as it seems to follow the talk dated...

Jul 27 1968
Tassajara

OLD - Practice Should Be Practice of "Right Now"

Protection master: ends of lectures which ran over 60 minutes. 1 - Form and Emptiness 7/3/69, about 5 minutes - duplicate

Jul 03 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Form and Emptiness II

Protection master: made from cassette: "July 5th (1969) Roshi on form and emptiness (ZMC)" "From psychological point of view" and some discussion of Chinese medicine. Time: 60 min and some Q&A on 5" tape - duplicate

Jul 05 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Form and Emptiness II

Protection master: made from cassette: "July 5th (1969) Roshi on form and emptiness (ZMC)" "From psychological point of view" and some discussion of Chinese medicine. Time: 60 min and some Q&A on 5" tape - duplicate

Jul 05 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Form and Emptiness II

Protection master: ends of lectures which ran over 60 minutes: 2 - Form and Emptiness 7/5/69 about 15minutes - duplicate

Jul 05 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Form and Emptiness

51B

Jul 09 1969
Tassajara

OLD - The Most Important Precept

Cassette side A labeled: Aug 1 lecture contd

Aug 01 1969
2/2
Tassajara

OLD - The First Teaching

Aug 2 lecture beginning - duplicate

Aug 02 1969
Tassajara

OLD - The First Teaching

Cassette side B labeled: Aug 2 lecture contd - duplicate

Aug 02 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Our Way to Attain Liberation

Roshi's Lectures - 2 of them - Aug 18, 69 17/8 side 1(on cassette) - Dan Gourley #5

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Monday Evening, August 18, 1969
Tassajara

Story of the Sixth Patriarch. Practice with everyone else at the...

Dogen, Sixth Patriarch, Monastic Practice
Aug 18 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Some Questions

65B - end of talk only - needs to be edited to 05087-A

Aug 21 1969
Tassajara

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