Han (sounding board)

Given by Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara on Wednesday, January 1, 1969
[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 traditional poem is below:
File name: 69-00-00: Han (sounding board) (titled by pf) From Wind Bell, Volume XI, 1972
Listen well everyone Great is the problem of Life and Death No forever gone gone Awake awake each one Don't waste your life!* *Suzuki-roshi's translation is: "Don't goof off!"