Han (sounding board)

Shunryu Suzuki Transcript

[Image of (see PDF)] Suzuki·roshi at Tassajara in 1969 passing the wooden sounding board and hammer that is used to announce zazen, lectures and the arrival or departure of the abbot from the monastery. A translation of this traditional poem is below:


Listen well everyone
Great is the problem of Life and Death
No forever gone gone
Awake awake each one
Don't waste your life!*

*Suzuki-roshi's translation is: "Don't goof off!"


File name: 69-00-00: Han (sounding board) (titled by pf) From Wind Bell, Volume XI, 1972

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In Wind Bell, Vol. 11, issue 0, 1972