Fifth Talk

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780520219823
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936232 | DOI:
Fifth Talk

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This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's fifth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: Sights vary in quality and form, sounds differ as pleasing or harsh. Refined and common speech come together in the dark, clear and murky phrases are distinguished in the light. Roshi begins by saying that everything has its own nature and form, and when you hear a voice it is either agreeable or disagreeable. Here the Sandokai is talking about sights and sounds, but the same is true for of all the senses, as well as the mind. There are good and bad tastes, good and bad feelings, agreeable and disagreeable ideas. It is our attachment to them that creates suffering. When you hear something good you will enjoy it. When you hear something bad you will be annoyed or disturbed. But if you understand reality completely you will not be bothered by things.

Keywords: Suzuki Roshi; Sandokai; reality

Chapter.  1791 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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