all beings have buddha nature

Shunryu Suzuki Transcript

Tokiwa Kindergarten, Yaizu, Japan

One day when he was eleven, Shunryu Suzuki's son Hoitsu went to a ceremony at his school and heard his father speak. This is what he recalled forty-four years later.


All beings have buddha nature and all life is precious. We are nurturing Buddha's children and we should do so with Buddha's compassionate mind. We shouldn't see some as sharp and others as dull. By treating all children without discrimination, we enable them to see all beings as equal. We should perceive things with our fundamental eye, not only with the consciousness that makes the distinctions of daily life. That is the eye of wisdom—to appreciate things and people "as they are" and live our lives fully in the universe that is "as it is."
Source: This transcript is from Crooked Cucumber: Chapter Seven. There is no audio available.

File name: 50-00-00: all beings have buddha nature (titled by pf) From a 1994 interview of Hoitsu Suzuki by David Chadwick. Translated from the Japanese by Fred Harriman.

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