Transmission Talks

In Chan and Zen Buddhism, dharma transmission is a custom in which a person is established as a "successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' (kechimyaku) theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The dharma lineage reflects the importance of family-structures in ancient China, and forms a symbolic and ritual recreation of this system for the monastical "family".

In Rinzai-Zen, inka shōmei (印可証明) is ideally "the formal recognition of Zen's deepest realisation", but practically it is being used for the transmission of the "true lineage" of the masters (shike) of the training halls. There are only about fifty to eighty of such inka shōmei-bearers in Japan.

In Sōtō-Zen, dharma transmission is referred to as shiho, and further training is required to become an oshō.

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The Teaching Just for You

Serial: SR-00147

Sesshin Lecture No. 1
Saturday, June 5, 1971
San Francisco

Sesshin, Precepts, Dragons, Bodhidharma, Truth, sitting, Buddha Nature, Politics,...
Jun 05 1971
City Center

Japan Now: Zazen As Our Foundation

Serial: SR-00072

Lecture after Trip to Japan:
Sunday, December 13, 1970

Transmission, Culture, sitting, Meditation, Ceremony, American
Dec 13 1970

When Someone Receives Transmission

Serial: SR-00071

Tuesday, August 25, 1970
San Francisco

Transmission, Priest, Buddha Nature, Culture, Forms, American, Death, Truth
Aug 25 1970
City Center

Ekō Lecture 5

Serial: SR-00231

The Third Morning Eko
Monday, July 13, 1970
Tassajara

[This is the fifth in a series of six lectures by Suzuki on the four ekos chanted at the conclusion of...

Eko, Chanting, Buddha Ancestors, Transmission, Building, Bodhidharma, Sutra,...
Jul 13 1970
Tassajara

Ekō Lecture 1

Serial: SR-00225

The First Morning Eko
Wednesday, July 8, 1970
Tassajara

[This is the first in a series of six lectures by Suzuki on the four ekos chanted at the conclusion of...

Eko, Dogen, Manjushri, Transmission, Chanting, Monks, Wisdom, Precepts, Echo,...
Jul 08 1970
Tassajara

Within Light There Is Utter Darkness

Serial: SR-00052

Sandokai Lecture IX
Saturday, June 20, 1970
Tassajara

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

Line 27 Meichu ni atatte an...

Branching Streams, Sandokai, Suffering, Truth, Diversity, sitting, Duality,...
Jun 20 1970
Tassajara

Today We May Be Very Happy

Serial: SR-00057

Sandokai Lecture VI
Wednesday, June 10, 1970
Tassajara

[This lecture is concerned with the following lines of the Sandokai:

Shiki moto shitsuzo wo...

Branching Streams, Sandokai, Happiness, Zazen, Suffering, Pain, Buddha Nature,...
Jun 10 1970
Tassajara

Warm Hand to Warm Hand

Serial: SR-00049

Sandokai Lecture II
Sunday, May 30, 1970
Tassajara

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

Line 2 tozai mitsuni aifusu....

Branching Streams, Sandokai, Truth, Transmission, reality, New Year, difficulty,...
May 30 1970
Tassajara

Sincere Practice and Way-Seeking Mind

Serial: SR-00043

Sesshin Lecture No. 3, Sunday, May 3, 1970
San Francisco

Sesshin, American, Transmission, stubbornness, Buddha Nature, Hate, realization,...
May 03 1970
City Center

Sincere Practice

Serial: SR-00140

How To Have Sincere Practice
Tuesday, April 28, 1970
San Francisco

Tatsugami, Dogen, Precepts, Monks, Intuition, Don't Know Mind, Posture, Buddha...
Apr 28 1970
City Center

Practice Should Not Be Perfect, So Descendants Have Something To Do

Serial: SR-00203

Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 4
Tuesday, December 2, 1969

Sesshin, Dogen, Building, difficulty, Monastic Practice, Transmission, Zazen, Breath...
Dec 02 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Fragment of Q & A

Serial: SR-00210

File name: 69-10-14-X: fragment of Q & A (titled by pf) A fragment of about 2 minutes found after chanting on tape for 69-10-14.

This is contiguous with the talk on...

Dogen, Transmission, Suffering, Monks, sitting, Silence, Priest, zen, War
Oct 14 1969
X

On Zen Center History, Personal History, and Nona Ransom

Serial: SF-05610

Interview of Suzuki Roshi by Peter Schneider

Interview, Transmission, Priest, Hate, Suzuki Roshi, training, Enemies, Passions,...
Sep 16 1969
1 of 2

Pure Silk, Sharp Iron

Serial: SR-00246

Sitting cross-legged - and then what? Having the right state of mind. Chinese and Japanese culture. His absent-mindedness, impatience. Virtue of endurance.

Zazen, Dogen, Culture, Ego, Transmission, training, Patience, Forms, Pain, War,...
Sep 14 1969

Our Way To Attain Liberation

Serial: SF-05087-B

Monday Evening, August 18, 1969
Tassajara

Story of the Sixth Patriarch. Practice with everyone else at the monastery, without self-centered ideas. Answering...

Sixth Patriarch, Monastic Practice, Japan, Aspects of Practice, Discrimination, Faith...
Aug 18 1969
Tassajara

Rinzai Zen and Soto Zen

Serial: SR-00033

July 1969
San Francisco

Morning.

Dogen, Buddha Nature, Evil, Freedom, Priest, Ego, Tassajara, Transmission, Culture,...
Jul 1969
Sokoji

At The End Of The Year We Clean Up Our House

Serial: SF-05970-B

Dec 1968 New Year Lecture

Beginner’s Mind, Dogen, Japan, New Year, Beginners, Transmission, Instruction, Priest...
Dec 29 1968
Sokoji

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-13

Serial: SR-00005

Fall 1968
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, Wisdom, Monks, Sutra, Dana, Silence, Lay, Transmission, Karma, Breath,...
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 13
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

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

Sesshin, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Sixth Patriarch, Platform Sutra, training, Instruction,...
Dec 17 1966
A
Sokoji

In the Prajnaparamita Sutra

Serial: SF-05113-B

5pm lecture begins this side

Heart Sutra, Sengai, Dogen, Emptiness, Family Practice, Beginners, Transmission,...
Jan 21 1966
5:00PM
Sokoji

OLD - Confucius Said The Most Visible Is Something Invisible

Serial: 65-08-28-A

One-Day Sesshin Lecture: 1 PM
Saturday, August 28, 1965
San Francisco

Sesshin, Culture, Hate, Composure, Transmission, Building, Pain, Observe, difficulty...
Aug 28 1965
A
Sokoji

OLD - Confucius Said the Most Visible is Something Invisible

Serial: SF-05898

SR 002 Tape 1 copy Sesshin 1pm lecture - - duplicate of other versions

Faith, Transmission, Hate
Aug 28 1965
Sokoji

OLD - Confucius Said the Most Visible is Something Invisible

Serial: SF-05747

SR-65-08-28-A - duplicate of other versions

Hate, Observe, Transmission, Peace
Aug 28 1965
Sokoji

OLD - Do You Have Some Questions?

Serial: 65-07-30-D

Sesshin Lecture
Thursday, July 30, 1965, 6 PM, Lecture D
Sokoji, San Francisco

Sesshin, Question-and-Answer, Transmission, Emotions, training, Happiness, Truth,...
Jul 30 1965
D
Sokoji

Do You Have Some Questions?

Serial: SF-05107A

Tape 7 Summer 1965 Sesshin: Side 1 Friday evening lecture (transcribed) [Case replaced 12/95. Original notes were transcribed verbatim - WKR]

Sesshin, Question-and-Answer, Transmission, training, Emotions, Buddha Nature,...
Jul 30 1965
D
Sokoji