A minimally edited transcript

fragment of Q & A

October 14, 1969?

Dogen Zenji said, all the various kinds of power comes from our practice. Although, our purpose of practice to attain some power, but naturally, all the power comes out from our practice. That is very important point. “What kind of practice you practice?” someone may say. Our practice is not any kind of practice but one—shikantaza, which is the foundation of all the practice. Even though you die in standing position or upside down position, you are not good Zen student, Dogen Zenji said. That is our practice. The foundation of all the power, all the possible power is shikantaza.

Thank you very much.


A fragment of about 2 minutes found after chanting on tape for 69-10-14. Not clear if it's a continuation on same day. Verbatim version, 7-16-2022 by Peter Ford and Shundo David Haye based on audio on Engage Wisdom. Lightly edited for readability by Wendy Pirsig, November 2023.


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