Statement at end of Sesshin

Shunryu Suzuki Transcript

Tuesday, April 23, 1968, Lecture C


In spite of my lack of effort, you fulfilled this training period very well. I am satisfied. Katsuzen-san did it very well, supported by many students who are here with us [?] [1 word].

We say, “Before spring has gone-- spring gone, the summer come.” [3-4 words] we had spring training. And next, right here, we will have next sesshin.

If we take a pause for a while, I cannot help amazing at seeing things, including you. You developed very well, and the same time Tassajara became more and more matured. This is-- may not be the word for congratulations, but [it is] exactly how I feel. So we should try not to be lost in our practice, and Tassajara also should not be lost from this world by your efforts. Like various unknown flower on the stream-- near the stream, we should keep up with the world of transiency.

Thank you very much.
Source: City Center original tape. Verbatim transcript by Bill Redican (8/15/01).

File name: 68-04-23-C: Statement at end of Sesshin (Verbatim) "Katherine" was replaced with "Katzuzen," shuso, head monk, Phillip Wilson's Zen name. - DC 12/16/2014

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