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Suzuki Shunryū

Geburtstag: 18. Mai 1904
Todesdatum: 4. Dezember 1971
Andere Namen: 鈴木俊隆

Suzuki Shunryū war Japaner, Sohn eines Sōtō-Zen-Meisters und selbst ein Meister der Sōtō-Linie: Sein Lehrer Gyokujun war ein Schüler seines Vaters. S. Suzuki machte Zen in den USA populär.

Seine Ausbildung begann S. Suzuki schon sehr früh, und bereits im Alter von 30 Jahren wurde ihm erlaubt, Schüler anzunehmen. Während des Zweiten Weltkrieges war er Anführer einer pazifistischen Bewegung in Japan.

1958 ging er in die USA, um in San Francisco zwei Jahre lang die dortige japanische Sōtō-Gemeinde zu betreuen. Da sich jedoch bald eine große Zahl amerikanischer Anhänger um ihn sammelte, darunter Steve Jobs, der spätere Gründer der Firma Apple, verlängerte er seinen Aufenthalt in den USA bis an sein Lebensende.

S. Suzuki gründete das Zen-Zentrum von San Francisco, später das Zen Mountain-Center in Tassajara Springs, das erste Zen-Kloster außerhalb Asiens. Später bat er Kōbun Shino Otowaga um Hilfe zur Leitung des Zen Mountain-Centers. Dort freundete dieser sich mit Steve Jobs an. Suzuki hatte damit - entgegen der weit verbreiteten Meinung - wesentlich weniger Einfluss auf Steve Jobs als Kōbun.

In Deutschland wurde S. Suzuki zunächst durch sein Buch Zen-Geist, Anfänger-Geist, eine Einführung in die Zen-Praxis, bekannt.

Gelegentlicher Verwechslung mit dem erheblich älteren Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki pflegte er zu entgegnen: „Nein, ich bin der kleinere Suzuki“.

Zitate Suzuki Shunryū

„What is true zazen? What do you mean by Zen becomes Zen and you become you? You become you is a very important point. You become you.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Lecture in Los Altos, CA (1 September 1967) http://www.shunryusuzuki.com/suzuki/transcripts-pdf/67-pdf/67-08-31U.pdf
Kontext: What is true zazen? What do you mean by Zen becomes Zen and you become you? You become you is a very important point. You become you. When you become you, even though you are in bed, you may not be you most of the time. Even though you are sitting here, I wonder whether you are you in its true sense. So to be you is zazen.

„But just to work, just to live in this world with this understanding is the most important point, and that is our practice. That is true zazen.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Lecture in Los Altos, CA (1 September 1967)
Kontext: So it is not a matter of whether it is possible to attain Buddhahood, or if it is possible to make a tile a jewel. But just to work, just to live in this world with this understanding is the most important point, and that is our practice. That is true zazen.

„You may say you attained some stage in your practice. But that is just a trivial event in your long life.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

"Three Lecture Excerpts from Shunryu Suzuki Roshi" http://www.berkeleyzencenter.org/Lectures/may2000.shtml in Newsletter (May 2000)
Kontext: You may say you attained some stage in your practice. But that is just a trivial event in your long life. It is like saying the ocean is round, or like a jewel, or palace. For a hungry ghost the ocean is a pool of blood; for a dragon the ocean is a palace; for a fish it is his house; for a human being it is water. There must be various understandings. When the ocean is a palace, it is a palace. You cannot say it is not a palace. For a dragon it is actually a palace. If you laugh at a fish who says it is a palace, Buddha will laugh at you who say it is two o'clock, three o'clock. It is the same thing.

„Communication is — start by understanding — your own understanding about people. Even though you want them to understand you, you know, it is — unless you understand people, it is almost impossible.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha lecture at the Zen Mountain Center (17 August 1971) http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org/archives/index.cgi/710817V.html
Kontext: Communication is — start by understanding — your own understanding about people. Even though you want them to understand you, you know, it is — unless you understand people, it is almost impossible. Don't you think so? Only when you understand people, they may understand you. So even though you do not say anything, if you understand people there is some communication.

„When you start to do this kind of thing you are alright. Don’t worry a bit. It means when you become you, yourself, and when you see things as they are, and when you become at one with your surrounding, in its true sense, there is true self.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Lecture in Los Altos, CA (1 September 1967)
Kontext: So I say, ‘Oh, I am sorry but soon you will see the bright sunrise every morning and beautiful sunset in the evening, every evening, but right now perhaps you…under your situation it may be impossible to see the beautiful sunset or bright sunrise, or beautiful flower in your garden, and it is impossible to take care of your garden, but soon you will see the beauty of the flowers and you will cut some flowers for your room.’ When you start to do this kind of thing you are alright. Don’t worry a bit. It means when you become you, yourself, and when you see things as they are, and when you become at one with your surrounding, in its true sense, there is true self.

„When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Quoted in 'Enter the Heart of the Fire : A collection of Mystical Poems (1981) by Mary E. Giles and Kathryn Hohlwein

„When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Shikantaza: Living Fully In Each Moment (page 4)
Not Always So, practicing the true spirit of Zen (2002)

„You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki, buch Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Pt. 1 : Right Practice "Mind Weeds", p. 26
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (1973)

„Instead of respecting things, we want to use them for ourselves and if it is difficult to use them, we want to conquer them.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Respect For Things (page 81)
Not Always So, practicing the true spirit of Zen (2002)

„The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: "What is the First Principle?" Bodhidharma said, "I don't know."“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

"I don't know" is the First Principle.
Lotus Sutra No. 6 lecture at the Zen Mountain Center (February 1968) http://www.cuke.com/Cucumber%20Project/lectures/transcripts-new-2012/srl-68-02-00F-f.html

„There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki

Quoted in Zen Millionaire : The Investor's Guide to the "Other Side" (2007) by Paul B. Farrell
Variante: Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.

„If you take pride in your attainment or become discouraged because of your idealistic effort, your practice will confine you by a thick wall.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki, buch Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Pt. 3 : Right Understanding, "Naturalness"
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (1973)

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