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from Shunryu Suzuki lectures - 2014-5
[laughs] = Suzuki laughs [laughter] = students laugh
On the Four Noble Truths - in an unusual order
One of a number of instances where Suzuki talked about the Four Noble Truths. I think he's making a mistake at the end of this excerpt when he says that the path is number three. Maybe there's some list that says so, but I've only heard and read it as number four. I noticed Suzuki making that sort of slip from time to time. Seemed to me he didn't care if a detail was off. He was into the spirit. One way I saw it he was like a card dealer with the cards in a new deck being the Buddhist teachings in proper order. He'd take the deck out of it's box and shuffle it and as he dealt each card call out, "Buddha, buddha, buddha, buddha."
from Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. 7, Oct 1968 [68-10-00-F] - Doesn't say who edited, likely Brian Fikes. No audio.