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Branching Streams Flow in the DarknessZen Talks on the Sandokai$
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Shunryu Suzuki, Mel Weitsman, and Michael Wenger

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219823

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219823.001.0001

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Fourth Talk

Fourth Talk

The Blue Jay Will Come Right into Your Heart (p.62)

(p.61) Fourth Talk
Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
University of California Press

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's fourth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: All the objects of the senses interact and yet do not. Interacting brings involvement. Otherwise, each keeps its place. Roshi begins by saying that the characteristic of Buddha's teaching is to go beyond things — beyond various beings, ideas, and material things. When we say “truth,” we usually mean something we can figure out. The truth that we can figure out or think about is ji. When we go beyond subjective and objective worlds, we come to the understanding of the oneness of everything, the oneness of subjectivity and objectivity, the oneness of inside and outside.

Keywords:   Suzuki Roshi, Sandokai, talks, truth, Buddha, ji

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