Without Any Idea of Attainment

Given by Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara on Wednesday, June 17, 1970
About this talk
Sandokai Lecture VIII Wednesday, June 17, 1970 Tassajara [The following lines of the Sandokai are discussed in this lecture: Line 21 Manako wa iro, mimi wa onjo, Line 22 hana wa ka, shita wa kanso. Line 23 Shikamo ichi-ichi no ho ni oite, Line 24 ne ni yotte ha bumpusu. Line 25 Hommatsu subekaraku shu ni kisu beshi. Line 26 Sompi sono go wo mochiu. --------------------------- Line 21 For eyes there is color and form, for ears there is sound, Line 22 for the nose there is smell, and for the tongue there is taste; Line 23 Each being comes out from the root Line 24 as branches and leaves come out from the trunk. Line 25 But both root and end should return to their original nature. Line 26 The words we use are different––good and bad, respectful and mean--but through these words we should understand the absolute being or source of the teaching.]
Sources: Contemporaneous transcript by Marian Derby; City Center transcript entered onto disk by Jose Escobar, 1997. Transcript checked against tape by Bill Redican 6/5/00. *** File name: 70-06-17: Without Any Idea of Attainment Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness, p. 95, (Verbatim) crk