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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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Fifth Talk

Fifth Talk

Today We May Be Very Happy, and the Next Day We Don’t Know What Will Happen to Us (p.74)

(p.73) Fifth Talk
Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
University of California Press

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's fifth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: Sights vary in quality and form, sounds differ as pleasing or harsh. Refined and common speech come together in the dark, clear and murky phrases are distinguished in the light. Roshi begins by saying that everything has its own nature and form, and when you hear a voice it is either agreeable or disagreeable. Here the Sandokai is talking about sights and sounds, but the same is true for of all the senses, as well as the mind. There are good and bad tastes, good and bad feelings, agreeable and disagreeable ideas. It is our attachment to them that creates suffering. When you hear something good you will enjoy it. When you hear something bad you will be annoyed or disturbed. But if you understand reality completely you will not be bothered by things.

Keywords:   Suzuki Roshi, Sandokai, reality

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