This introductory chapter begins with some details about Suzuki Roshi's arrival in America in 1959, and the opening of the San Francisco Zen Center and the first Zen Buddhist monastery in America. It then focuses on the talks given by Suzuki Roshi. Suzuki Roshi gave hundreds of talks. Strictly speaking, a talk is more of an informative kind of presentation, while a teisho offers the teacher's own dharma or direct understanding, often using a koan or a text. Suzuki Roshi rarely used a text, although he frequently made reference to one. Suzuki Roshi gave a total of twelve talks to Tassajara students on the Sandokai.
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