Lunch Instruction

Shunryu Suzuki Transcript

Wednesday, July 28, 1965

(Some words missed)... he [Buddha] came back and he ate his food, his meal, from this bowl. So, we do not put anything but rice in this bowl. But -- strictly speaking it is so. So, in this case, as old monks in Japan do, it is better to -- it was better to break your eggs and put it in small bowl, and put rice from this -- you know, like this. And we should eat from this bowl. [Laughs] I didn't explain it so that is my fault.

In such case, when someone makes mistake, he should bow to Buddha, and to the -- to the man who is responsible for the kitchen. This is my fault -- not only kitchen but also various rooms where the officers and someone who is responsible for the room -- we have to bow three times with incense. It takes time; if it is Eiheiji, it will take -- you will spend whole morning [laughter]. All of those officers (?) doesn't know what he did, if he -- if someone go with bows and incense, there is no time to make a mistake.

So, I should bow to Buddha, the kitchen, Reverends Katagiri, and Chino (? - the ino?), strictly speaking. This is how we -- monastic life. Everyone is responsible for his own function, and he is absolute authority. So even the temple master cannot say anything (about) what you do -- if you observe our rules, you cannot say anything. Even though someone makes mistake, we cannot say anything. The man who is responsible for you should say something. No-one else can say anything to -- to anyone, unless he is not responsible for the public (?), for the work.

In this way, the monastic style is carried on, so there is no problem at all. Of course we make many mistakes, so when we make mistakes we should bow [laughs] we should apologize for what (some words unclear). If we have no ego, it is not so difficult. So, I apologize to all of you for lack of consideration. Excuse me. [Clackers struck]


Transcription by Shundo David Haye, Sept. 2021.


File name: 65-07-28-BN: Lunch Instruction (titled by sdh) Transcription SDH 9/21. Tape 3 Summer Sesshin July 1965 Wednesday morning 12:00 lunch instruction. (Sound problem.)]

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