Shunryu Suzuki Transcript

Saturday, November 2, 1963

(Phillip Wilson asked if somehow some of the responsibilities bearing upon Reverend Suzuki, especially during critical times, could not be shifted upon our shoulders. Phillip reported that it is not at all unusual for Reverend Suzuki to stay up until twelve or one o'clock at night in order to finish his work for the day, and that it does not seem right that he should get sick from overwork. Phillip suggested that he be ordered to refrain from coming to early morning zazen. It seemed apparent that such an injunction would present insuperable problems of enforcement.) Reverend Suzuki said that we could not directly assume any of his jobs, for they nearly all require his personal attention, but that he hoped that for next year, an assistant priest would be coming to help him. (Trudy Dixon suggested that perhaps at particularly busy times he should not give us Wednesday evening lectures; instead we could meet among ourselves at those times and discuss the stories in the Blue Cliff Records. Nothing definite was decided upon, but it is sure that the problem is kept in the minds of all those present.)


Source: Board Meeting Notes
Excerpted by Peter Ford, June, 2020.


File name: 63-11-02-bn: untitled

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