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69-11-07V

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Student F:  It was how to-- how to acquire faith.

Suzuki:  Faith, yeah-- acquire faith. You know, that kind of mind, you know, is not the mind which you can put, you know, as a-- which you can take as a face of object, you know, because everything is-- that mind, you know, is on everything or in everything I don't know [laughs], but that mind is everywhere. Do you understand that mind?  That kind of mind-- to understand that kind of mind is just to, you know [laughs]-- that is it, you know. No need to explain. But if-- because you have always think or believe in something in term of here or there, or great or small, right or wrong, we must say something about it. But this is the ultimate truth which we should accept.

You may say, “If we shut our eyes, even though we shut our eyes, things exist,” you know. But that is some created idea by your mind. So where-- whatever you do, wherever you go, that mind is-- follows you, even though you don't figure out exactly what it is. So the only way is to put faith on it. Then you will have, you know, freedom from everything. That kind of mind is essence of mind. That kind of understanding is real understanding of emptiness.

Maybe, you know, you don't accept [laughs] what I say right now. Maybe it takes time. Do you understand what I am saying?

This kind of teaching is not Hinayana or Mahayana. It is ultimate truth. When Lotus Sutra-- knowing this point says-- ”you put faith in it” means you should know this-- know this mind. This is essence of mind, or big mind. Okay?  Did you understand [laughs]?

So Buddhist doesn't, you know, accept any kind of mind, you know, except this mind. We don't accept just objective being or subjective being. We don't say mind create things, or things produce function of mind-- mind-like function, or material first, or mind first. We don't say so. Whatever it is, it is mind and b- [partial word]-- materialistic-- material and spiritual. That is, you know-- and we only discuss something which is both material and spiritual. This is the golden rule of Buddhism [laughs, laughter].

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70-08-04V

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And precepts you will receive in lay ordination-- precepts transmission you will receive in lay ordination is [one] in which it says there is no difference between Rinzai precepts and Soto precepts. It is bodhisattva precepts. This is very important point. Not dualistic precepts. And the precepts always one with you. And always should be kept by you. Even though you do not try to keep it, it is there.

So that is why I said last night you should say “yes.”  There is-- you cannot say “no.”   [Laughs.]  My lecture was, you know-- the point of my lecture was this point:  bodhisattva practice-- bodhisattva precepts.

So on okechimyaku [ordination papers] it says, “Busso shoden bosatsu daikai.”  Bosatsu is “bodhisattva” in Japanese. And after you receive it, you know, the most important thing is to continue it, you know. Moment after moment, you should say, “Yes-- yes I will.”  [Laughs.]  Moment after moment. And you should continue our practice, even though you experience enlightenment experience. You should continue it. That is golden rule for all Zen student, whether you are Rinzai student or Soto student.

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 The phrase “most important” as found in Shunryu Suzuki lectures #114 - Suzuki's golden rule. [That's how I interpreted that quote on 12-07-11 - DC]


8-04-12 - post in What's New here on cuke:

Golden Rule. Checking around on this subject this morning.
Religious historian Karen Armstrong TED Talk on the Golden Rule.
A cornball video on the Golden Rule with quotes from many traditions - from the Humanity Healing Network.
Ron Paul on applying the Golden Rule to foreign policy
Wikipedia on The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity

Shunryu Suzuki nuanced use of the term - see above