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Shosan Ceremony

Serial: SR-00075 -
Shosan, First Principle, Emptiness, Compassion, Lotus Sutra, Patience, sitting, Emotions,...
Nov 11 1968

True Happiness and Renewal of Practice at Year's End

Serial: SF-05970-A Newly uploaded recording of this talk. -
Happiness, Buddha Nature, Happiness, Buddha Nature, Composure, Observe
Dec 21 1968


Serial: SR-00007 Newly reprocessed recording should be a little clearer -
Lotus Sutra, Monks, Breath, Building
Dec 24 1968

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, Faith...
Dec 29 1968

Han (sounding board)

Serial: 69-00-00 [Image of (see PDF)] Suzuki·roshi at Tassajara in 1969 passing the wooden sounding board and hammer that is used to announce zazen, lectures and the arrival or departure of the abbot from the monastery. A translation of this... -

Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha

Serial: SR-00009 Sunday, March 9, 1969 Sokoji, San Francisco Koan story of sun-faced buddha, moon-faced buddha. Practicing while well or while sick. Accepting what we don't like. Understanding everyday activity through duality and oneness.... -
Baso, Koan, Blue Cliff Record, Attachment, Composure, Discrimination, difficulty, Buddha...
Mar 09 1969

Nansen's “Everyday Mind Is Dao”

Serial: SR-00010 -
Truth, Birth-and-Death, Wisdom, zen, Pain, Death, difficulty, Composure, Describe, Sutra...
Mar 10 1969

Find Out for Yourself

Serial: SR-00011 Find out what "buddha-nature" and "enlightenment" mean. Study without purpose. How his teacher in Japan treated him; trying to discover the right thing to do. -
Sesshin, Zazen, Eiheiji, Suffering, Buddha Nature, Freedom, Beginners, Posture, zen,...
Mar 15 1969

Our Practice Should Be Based On The Idea Of Selflessness

Serial: SR-00012 Sunday Morning, March 16, 1969 -
Monastic Practice, Truth
Mar 16 1969

Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind

Serial: SR-00013 -
Composure, reality, difficulty, Freedom
Mar 30 1969

The Only Desire That Is Complete Is Buddha's Desire

Serial: SR-00014 -
Buddha Nature, Freedom, difficulty, Wisdom, War, Culture, Posture, lecture, Precepts, Priest...
Apr 08 1969

Zen Is Not Something To Talk About, And Also It Is Something To Talk About

Serial: SR-00015 Shunryu Suzuki (with Ryogen Yoshimura) Afternoon Sesshin Lecture Sunday, April 19, 1969 Audio includes Yoshimura at beginning. -
Sesshin, Suffering, lecture, Monks, Don't Know Mind, Priest, Community, Posture, training...
Apr 19 1969

Jumping Off the 100-Foot Pole

Serial: SR-00016 Sunday Lecture Sunday, April 20, 1969 -
Buddha Nature, Evil, Priest, Big Mind, Compassion, Continuous, reality
Apr 20 1969

How To Take Our Bodhisattva's Vow

Serial: SR-00017 Tuesday Morning, April 29, 1969 San Francisco -
Bodhisattva Vow, Dogen, Agama Sutra, Precepts, Mahayana, Sutra, Observe, Freedom, Vows,...
Apr 29 1969

Suzuki's 65th Birthday

Serial: SR-00018 Sunday Morning, May 18, 1969Sokoji, San Francisco -
Priest, Building, Tassajara, Beginners, Instruction, Anger, Posture, Pain, American...
May 18 1969

Yakusan did not give lectures for a long time

Serial: SF-05961 June 1969Tassajara Story of Yakusan saying he was not a teacher to give lectures. Making effort, and paying attention. What is right effort? -
Priest, Freedom
Jun 1969

How should we establish our system of practice in San Francisco

Serial: SR-00019 Tuesday Evening, June 17, 1969San Francisco Just sit, and follow the teacher's instruction. Story of four kinds of horse. Humans go to the moon, but don't understand themselves. Have no ideas about Buddhahood, or worry... -
Rinzai, Soto Zen, Dogen, Zazen, New Year, Concentration, Big Mind, Priest, Pain, Addiction,...
Jun 17 1969

Direct Experience of Reality

Serial: SR-00020 -
Baso, Dogen, lecture, Sutra, Forms, Pain, sitting
Jun 22 1969

Emptiness is Form

Serial: SF-05968 Sunday, June 29, 1969 San Francisco Newly uploaded version has speed adjustments made; should be a little clearer for transcript - not just end, but correcting throughout. -
Heart Sutra, Emptiness, Current Events, Balance, Faith, Beginners, Continuous...
Jun 29 1969

It Is Rather Difficult For Us To Figure Out Why We Started To Practice Zazen

Serial: SR-00023 Tuesday, July 1, 1969 Tassajara -
American, Freedom, Priest, zen, Offering, Religion, Culture, Ceremony, difficulty, sitting...
Jul 01 1969

Rinzai Zen and Soto Zen

Serial: SR-00033 July 1969San Francisco Morning. -
Dogen, Buddha Nature, Evil, Freedom, Priest, Ego, Tassajara, Transmission, Culture, lecture,...
Jul 1969

Practice Should Be The Practice Of “Right Now.”

Serial: SR-00024 Thursday, July 3, 1969 Tassajara -
Heart Sutra, Emptiness, Forms, Faith, reality, Describe, training, Enemies, War, Death...
Jul 03 1969

Question And Answer Session

Serial: SR-00025 Tuesday, July 8, 1969 San Francisco -
Question-and-Answer, Don't Know Mind, Anger, Greed, Emotions, Zazen, Culture, Describe,...
Jul 08 1969


Serial: SR-00027 Wednesday, July 9, 1969 Tassajara -
Heart Sutra, Emptiness, Forms, reality, Enemies, Truth, training, American, Duality, Balance,...
Jul 09 1969

Eulogy For Trudy Dixon Given During Her Funeral Ceremony

Serial: SR-00028 Words from the funeral eulogy for Trudy Dixon. Magnanimous mind -
Tassajara, Dogen, Buddha Mind, Buddha Mind, Passions, Compassion
Jul 11 1969

I have nothing in my mind

Serial: SR-00029 -
Emptiness, Forms, Zazen, Buddha Nature, Freedom, Passions, Interview, Beginners, Balance,...
Jul 15 1969

Enjoy Your Life

Serial: SR-00031 Talk on the moon landing -
heart, Observe
Jul 20 1969

Blue Cliff Records-43

Serial: SR-00032 Tozan's hot and cold. -
Blue Cliff Record, Emptiness, Pain, Monks, difficulty, Forms, Hate, Commitment, sitting,...
Jul 26 1969

That is the purpose of counting

Serial: SR-00034 -
Truth, Daily Life, Anger, reality, Karma, Emptiness, Wisdom
Jul 28 1969

The Most Important Precept

Serial: SR-00035 -
Precepts, Dogen, Eiheiji, Sanctuary, Hate, Suffering, Truth
Aug 01 1969

The First Teaching

Serial: SR-00158 Teaching of impermanence, everything changing; also there is selflessness, suffering and nirvana. The sufferings of birth, death, sickness and old age. Causes of suffering, because of ego. -
Suffering, Ego, Impermanence, Birth-and-Death, Suffering, Wisdom, Truth, Attachment, heart,...
Aug 02 1969

We Practice Zazen So That We Attain Selflessness

Serial: SR-00137 -
Suffering, Wisdom, Dragons, Don't Know Mind, Meditation, Separation, sitting, Describe,...
Aug 03 1969

To Actually Practice Selflessness

Serial: SR-00125 August Sesshin Lecture Wednesday, August 6, 1969 San Francisco -
Sesshin, Pain, Fox, Precepts, Freedom, Funeral, Monks, Liberation, difficulty, Continuous,...
Aug 06 1969

Not Always So

Serial: SR-00124 August Sesshin Lecture Thursday, August 7, 1969 San Francisco -
Sesshin, Dogen, Interdependence, Freedom, Gratitude, Composure, Posture, Emptiness, Truth...
Aug 07 1969

Some Questions

Serial: SR-00128 -
Question-and-Answer, Precepts, Doubt, Continuous, Concentration, Birth-and-Death, Funeral,...
Aug 12 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 student questions. Dan Gourley reel #4 -
Sixth Patriarch, Monastic Practice, Japan, Aspects of Practice, Discrimination, Faith,...
Aug 18 1969

Some Questions

Serial: SF-05087-A Roshi's Lectures - 2 of them - Aug 21 Side 2 Q&A session Q1 - explain 12 links of causation, Q - war - striving for a cause - even peace is necessary though futile (on cassette) - Dan Gourley #4 -
Question-and-Answer, causation, Current Events, Passions, Fox, Gratitude, Commitment, Freedom...
Aug 21 1969

Twelve Links of Causation

Serial: SR-00135 Twelve Links Of Causation Juni-innen (Jap.) Dvada-aiga-pratatyasamutpada (San.) English Japanese Sanskrit -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1. ignorance mumyo avidya 2. action... -
Consciousness, Suffering, causation, Discrimination, Emptiness, Fasting, Passions, confusion,...
Aug 23 1969

Question and Answer

Serial: SR-00083 -
Question-and-Answer, Buddha Nature, Suffering, Separation, Pain, American, Anger, Attachment,...
Aug 25 1969

Some Questions

Serial: SR-00133 -
Question-and-Answer, Breath, Buddha Nature, Posture, sitting, Tassajara, Offering, Pain,...
Aug 28 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

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

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

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
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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