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The Zen of Going to the Rest Room

Serial: SR-00144 -
Ummon, Tangaryo, Culture, Monastic Practice, Suffering, American, Don't Know Mind, Big...
Mar 29 1970
City Center

Way-Seeking Mind

Serial: SF-05361 Saturday Lecture Of March Sesshin Saturday, March 28, 1970 San Francisco -
Way-Seeking Mind, Sesshin, Monastic Practice, Peace
Mar 28 1970
City Center

Our Everyday Life Is Like A Movie

Serial: SR-00155 -
Anger, Instruction, Meditation, Posture, Observe, sitting
Mar 15 1970
City Center

Letters From Emptiness

Serial: SR-00156 How to Understand the Idea of Emptiness Sunday, March 8, 1970 San Francisco -
Emptiness, reality, Describe, Doubt, training, Enemies
Mar 08 1970
City Center

Lecture To Prof. Lewis R. Lancaster's Visiting Class

Serial: SR-00259 Practice and enlightnment as forgetting and letting go of everything. Even if we don't know what real practice is, continuing and allowing it to reveal itself. Answering student questions. Posture of zazen. -
Buddha, Emptiness, Zazen, Don't Know Mind, Emptiness, Building, Suzuki Roshi, zen,...
Mar 01 1970

Practice To Be Like A Stone

Serial: SF-06125 SR-70-02-28 Sesshin lecture #6 (last lecture) - followed by service #2 for Trudy Dixon NB - is 1970 despite the year added to the photos -
Don't Know Mind, Composure, Diversity, Tassajara, training
Feb 28 1970
City Center

Non-Dualistic Practice

Serial: SR-00260 Sesshin Lecture No. 3: Wednesday, February 25, 1970 San Francisco -
Sesshin, Big Mind, difficulty, zen, Duality, Karma, Anger, Mahayana, training, Emptiness,...
Feb 25 1970
City Center

Selflessness, Being and Non-Being: The Background of Shikantaza

Serial: SR-00261 Sesshin Lecture No. 1: Monday, February 23, 1970 San Francisco -
Sesshin, Buddha Nature, Emptiness, Evil, Mahayana, Posture, Freedom, Continuous, confusion,...
Feb 23 1970
City Center

The Background of Shikantaza

Serial: SR-00256 -
Pain, Observe, Consciousness, Posture, sitting
Feb 22 1970
City Center

“An Unsurpassed, Penetrating Buddha”

Serial: SR-00257 -
Emptiness, Subject-and-Object, Interdependence, Observe, Community, Hate, Forms, reality,...
Feb 08 1970

Brown Rice is Just Right

Serial: SR-00247 Morning Sesshin Lecture Sunday, February 1, 1970 City Center -
Sesshin, Emptiness, Discrimination, Buddha Nature, training, Hate, Suffering, Pain, reality,...
Feb 01 1970
City Center

Each One Of Us Is A Cook

Serial: SR-00258 Afternoon Sesshin Tea Lecture Sunday, February 1, 1970 -
Sesshin, Emptiness, Forms, Compassion, Pain
Feb 01 1970

Our Effort In Our Practice

Serial: SR-00248 -
Instruction, Describe, lecture, Observe, difficulty, sitting
Jan 31 1970
City Center

Caring for the Soil

Serial: SR-00199 Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism Sunday, January 25, 1970 San Francisco -
Emptiness, Mahayana, Buddha Nature, difficulty, Greed, Gratitude, lecture, Hate...
Jan 25 1970
City Center


Serial: SF-06038 -
Dogen, Posture, Balance, Doubt, Faith
Jan 18 1970
City Center

Ordination Ceremony: Bill Kwong and Silas Hoadley

Serial: SR-00069-C -
Ceremony, Priest, Ceremony, Describe, American
Jan 11 1970
City Center

Respect for Things

Serial: SR-00200 What Is Our Practice? Sunday, January 4, 1970 San Francisco Practice as taking care of everything. Not making a noise with the chairs. Practice with new people coming to City Center. Extending the spirit of the zendo to everyday... -
Zendo, Bodhisattva Way, Big Mind, Building, Concentration, difficulty, Sutra, Bowing, Offering...
Jan 04 1970
City Center

Fundamental Buddhist Point: To Adjust Ourselves To Our Surroundings

Serial: SR-00192 Adjusting to life at City Center. Cleaning and zazen. Do we need furniture to practice? -
Dogen, Eiheiji, Zazen, Culture, Building, sitting
Dec 21 1969
City Center

Shosan Ceremony

Serial: SF-05964 Friday, December 5, 1969 Previously described as intranscribable - now clearer ----- File name: 69-12-05N: untitled level low. [Verbatim transcript not available. (Sound problem.)] -
Ceremony, Shosan, Sixth Patriarch, Big Mind, Letting Go, Separation, Attachment, Dragons,...
Dec 05 1969

Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 6

Serial: SR-00201 -
Sesshin, Ceremony, Freedom, Observe, Wisdom, Oneness, Beginners, training, Precepts, zen...
Dec 04 1969

Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 5

Serial: SR-00202 Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 5 Wednesday, December 3, 1969 Tassajara -
Sesshin, Bodhisattva, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Oneness, Ceremony, Precepts, Wisdom...
Dec 03 1969

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, Anger,...
Dec 02 1969

Way-Seeking Mind, Part III

Serial: SR-00194 Winter Sesshin, Day 3, Lecture No. 3 Monday, December 1, 1969 Tassajara -
Way-Seeking Mind, Sesshin, Bodhisattva Vow, Big Mind, difficulty, Vows, heart, Monks, Priest,...
Dec 01 1969

Way-Seeking Mind, Part II

Serial: SR-00266 Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 2 Sunday, November 30, 1969 Tassajara -
Way-Seeking Mind, Sesshin, Buddha Mind, Don't Know Mind, Big Mind, Intention, Beginners,...
Nov 30 1969

Way-Seeking Mind, Part I

Serial: SR-00267 Winter Sesshin, Lecture No. 1 Saturday, November 29, 1969 Tassajara -
Way-Seeking Mind, Sesshin, reality, Faith
Nov 29 1969

Pinch Hitter

Serial: SR-00268 Tuesday, November 25, 1969 Evening Lecture City Center, San Francisco [Katagiri spoke before Suzuki. SR portion starts at 42:52. -
Wisdom, zen, Truth, Zazen, Priest, American, Delusion, Meditation, Greed, heart...
Nov 25 1969
City Center

Opening Lecture At Page Street Zendo: American Precepts

Serial: SR-00264 Moving into the new space. Don't worry about success, practice in the present. Hyakujo's regulations, positive and negative sides of guidelines and precepts. -
Precepts, Shingi, Precepts, Monks, Gratitude, zen, Building
Nov 22 1969
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 outside of yourself. Discussion at Tassajara around sex.... -
Big Mind, Enlightenment, Passions, Big Mind, Don't Know Mind, Consciousness, Community,...
Nov 16 1969

Form Is Emptiness and Emptiness Is Form

Serial: SR-00243 -
Heart Sutra, Emptiness, Big Mind, Forms, Don't Know Mind, Interdependence, heart, Monks,...
Nov 13 1969

Some Questions

Serial: SR-00244 -
Lotus Sutra, Time, Ego, Wisdom, Passions, Mindfulness, Buddha Nature, Culture, Oneness,...
Nov 11 1969

Miss Ransom Was A Teacher Of Conversation

Serial: SR-00242 [Not an interview I think, but a question Peter asks at the beginning of the lecture, possibly pre-arranged with Suzuki. Got labeled as an interview because I had it grouped with Peter’s interviews long ago and maybe I was the... -
Japan, Komazawa University, Buddhism, Shobogenzo, Obon, Conversation, Building, Offering,...
Nov 09 1969

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-7

Serial: SR-00042 Third Lotus Sutra Series Friday Evening, November 7, 1969 Zen Mountain Center -
Lotus Sutra, Emptiness, Passions, Lotus Sutra, Concentration, Evil, Sutra, Mahayana, Precepts...
Nov 07 1969
Series 3, Talk 7

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-6

Serial: SF-06005 Third Lotus Sutra Series Thursday Evening, October 30, 1969 Zen Mountain Center -
Lotus Sutra, Beginner’s Mind, Politics, Interview, Concentration, Precepts, Freedom, Doubt...
Oct 30 1969
Series 3, Talk 6

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-5

Serial: SF-06006 Third Lotus Sutra Series Tuesday Evening, October 28, 1969 Zen Mountain Center -
Lotus Sutra, Mahayana, Skandas, Balance
Oct 28 1969
Series 3, Talk 5

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-4

Serial: SR-00038 [Third Lotus Sutra Series]Saturday Evening, October 25, 1969Zen Mountain Center -
Lotus Sutra, First Principle, Wisdom, Buddha Nature, Sutra, Priest, Mahayana, Suffering,...
Oct 25 1969
Series 3, Talk 4

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-2

Serial: SR-00037 Third Lotus Sutra SeriesThursday Evening, October 23, 1969Zen Mountain Center [The recording starts with Suzuki reading from: Saddharma Pundarika or The Lotus of the True Law, translated by H. Kern, New York: Dover, 1963 (an... -
Lotus Sutra, First Principle, First Principle, Don't Know Mind, Consciousness, Sutra,...
Oct 23 1969
Series 3, Talk 2

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-1

Serial: SR-00212 [Third Lotus Sutra Series]1 Monday Evening, October 20, 1969 Zen Mountain Center Introduction to third series of talks on the Lotus Sutra. Zen as practical teaching. Suzuki Roshi's mother recited parts of the sutra when he was... -
Lotus Sutra, Mahayana, Dogen, Mahayana, Lotus Sutra, Precepts, Ego, Sutra, Priest, Building,...
Oct 20 1969
Series 3, Talk 1

New Students' Questions

Serial: SR-00211 Tuesday, October 14, 1969San Francisco -
Question-and-Answer, Bodhisattva Vow, War, Buddha Nature, Addiction, Diversity, Vows,...
Oct 14 1969

Why I Came to America

Serial: SR-00157 "Why I became a priest" Memories of his father as a temple priest. Wanting to be an unusual priest himself, to teach people. Training at a temple with Oka Sotan. Enjoying teaching people who have no preconceptions about... -
Priest, Meiji, Japan, Dogen, Priest, training, New Year, Ceremony, Obstacles, Enemies, Monks,...
Sep 16 1969

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, Bell,...
Sep 16 1969
1 of 2

Suzuki’s Curriculum Vitae

Serial: 69-09-16-W Tuesday, September 16, 1969 [I dated this 69-09-16 because it was made by Shunryu Suzuki with Kobun Chino’s assistance in order to help Suzuki with his interview with Peter Schneider dated that day. - DC-3-09] [Is this in his... -
Sep 16 1969

On Zen Center History, Personal History, and Nona Ransom

Serial: SF-05577 Interview of Suzuki Roshi by Peter Schneider -
Interview, Priest, Greed, Separation, Balance, Describe, confusion
Sep 16 1969
2 of 2

Interview of Suzuki by Peter Schneider

Serial: 69-09-16-IB Entered onto disk by DC 1996 or soRevised by Bill Redican 9/01 [I dated this 69-09-16 to go with other Peter Schneider interview and lecture of that date. Transcription was difficult with much time spent making sure -- or maybe... -
Interview, First Principle,
Sep 16 1969

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, American,...
Sep 14 1969

Sesshin, Sixth Night Lecture

Serial: SR-00129 TassajaraSeptember, 1969 -
Sesshin, Don't Know Mind, Posture, Ceremony, Addiction, Duality, Beginners, Zazen,...
Sep 1969

Sesshin, Third Night Lecture

Serial: SR-00130 TassajaraSeptember, 1969 -
Sesshin, Emptiness, reality, Passions, Intuition, Bell, Forms, American, difficulty...
Sep 1969

Shosan Ceremony

Serial: SR-00213 TassajaraSeptember, 1969 [Beginning of ceremony not recorded.] -
Sesshin, Shosan, Perfect Wisdom, Dragons, Breath, Death, Intuition, Lay, Bell, Continuous,...
Sep 1969

Stand Up By The Ground

Serial: SF-05209 Protection Master "Suzuki Roshi summer sesshin 1969 2nd night lecture Sesshin, Second Night LectureSeptember, 1969Tassajara -
Sesshin, Dogen, Time, Continuous, Freedom, Doubt
Sep 1969

Wherever You Are, Enlightenment Is There

Serial: SF-05184A Sesshin: First Night Lecture, “I Don't Know Zazen”September 1969Tassajara Knowing that we have buddha nature even while we are in the dualistic world of good and bad. Analogy with various parts of a meal. Analogy... -
Dogen, Buddha Nature, Enlightenment, Five Ranks, Buddha Nature, Composure, Emotions, Doubt...
Sep 1969

Our Practice And Our Everyday Activity

Serial: SF-05396 Saturday, August 30, 1969 Newly uploaded recording should be clearer to transcribe -
Concentration, Composure, Gratitude, Fundraising, Posture, Describe, training, Faith...
Aug 30 1969