About Rules

Given by Suzuki Roshi at Sokoji on Wednesday, July 28, 1965
Tape 3 Summer Sesshin July 1965 - Wednesday July 28 1965 Tape 3 Side 1, copied June 30 1973; SR001
Transcript from unimproved audio by SDH 8/21.
(Some words missed) ... your own practice in America some day. But when you decide nature, you have to be very careful. It is -- the rules should be -- should not be too strict. It should observed quite easily, and it should be strict, or loose enough, to have authority. Once you decide a rule, it has absolute [laughs] authority; everyone should obey. So when you decide it, you have to be very careful. There's no exception! [Laughs] If it is too strict, you will pay. And if it is too loose, it will not work. In this way, I think -- our tradition was built up in this way. And spirit will be followed -- understanding should be followed. But that understanding, I don't mean the mental understanding or logical understanding. There must be some good feeling in observing it. Not even feeling, but the understanding should pure understanding. That is why our monastic life is difficult to establish. It is not a matter of the building. It is a matter of spirit, and a matter of the person who can be responsible for that.