Consciousness Talks

Consciousness, at its simplest, is awareness of internal and external existence. However, its nature has led to millennia of analyses, explanations and debate by philosophers, theologians, and scientists. Opinions differ about what exactly needs to be studied or even considered consciousness. In some explanations, it is synonymous with the mind, and at other times, an aspect of mind. In the past, it was one's "inner life", the world of introspection, of private thought, imagination and volition. Today, it often includes any kind of cognition, experience, feeling or perception. It may be awareness, awareness of awareness, metacognition, or self-awareness either continuously changing or not. The disparate range of research, notions and speculations raises a curiosity about whether the right questions are being asked.

Examples of the range of descriptions, definitions or explanations are: ordered distinction between self and environment, simple wakefulness, one's sense of selfhood or soul explored by "looking within"; being a metaphorical "stream" of contents, or being a mental state, mental event, or mental process of the brain.

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Buddha Is Always Here

Serial: SR-00051

Sandokai Lecture III
Monday, June 1, 1970
Tassajara

[The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture:

Line 5 Reigen myoni kokettari...

Branching Streams, Sandokai, Emptiness, Buddha Nature, Suffering, Truth, Compassion,...
Jun 01 1970
Tassajara

The Background of Shikantaza

Pain, Observe, Consciousness, Posture, sitting
Feb 22 1970
City Center

Epilogue: Zen Mind

Serial: SR-00263

American practice different from Japanese practice. Enlightenment experience is beyond good and bad, beyond our usual way of thinking. Big mind is always with you, never...

Big Mind, Enlightenment, Passions, Big Mind, Don't Know Mind, Consciousness,...
Nov 16 1969

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-2

Serial: SR-00037

Third Lotus Sutra Series
Thursday Evening, October 23, 1969
Zen Mountain Center

[The recording starts with Suzuki reading from: Saddharma Pundarika or The...

Lotus Sutra, First Principle, First Principle, Don't Know Mind, Consciousness,...
Oct 23 1969
Series 3, Talk 2
Tassajara

Twelve Links of Causation

Serial: SR-00135

Twelve Links Of Causation
Juni-innen (Jap.)
Dvada-aiga-pratatyasamutpada (San.)

English Japanese Sanskrit...

Consciousness, Suffering, causation, Discrimination, Emptiness, Fasting, Passions,...
Aug 23 1969
Tassajara

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-15

Serial: SR-00006

Fall, 1968
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, First Principle, Conversation, Meditation, Demons, American, First...
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 15
Tassajara

OLD - In the first instruction of ten instructions in Gakudō-yōjin-shū

Serial: SR-00089

Reel was wrongly dated - transcript matches 66-12-17-A
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Discussion of fascicle Shobogeno Gakudo Yojinshu. Way-seeking mind and responding to encountering the...

Sesshin, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Sixth Patriarch, training, Birth-and-Death, Instruction,...
Dec 17 1966
A
Sokoji

OLD - The Second Paragraph of the Genjo Koan

Serial: SR-00196

Monday, August 15, 1966
Sesshin Lecture, Lecture A
Sokoji, San Francisco

Sesshin, Genjokoan, Dogen, Consciousness, Attachment, Instruction, Doubt, reality,...
Aug 15 1966
A
Sokoji

OLD - In the Prajnaparamita Sutra

Heart Sutra, Emptiness, Wisdom, Perfect Wisdom, Beginners, Politics, Balance,...
Jan 21 1966
BN

OLD - If You Have A Question

Serial: 65-07-30-C

Sesshin Lecture
Friday, July 30, 1965, 1 PM
Sokoji, San Francisco

Sesshin, Question-and-Answer, Buddha Nature, Death, Religion, Peace, Consciousness,...
Jul 30 1965
C
Sokoji