Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai Paperback – 7 Nov 2001
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'In a sequel to his "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi explores even more deeply the meaning and value of recognizing non-duality in our lives. . . . Suzuki Roshi's commentary on this difficult work is characteristically insightful. But it is the question and answer exchanges with his students, included at the end of each talk, that reveal his wisdom, humor and warmth to greater advantage."--Shambhala Sun
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"An opportunity to peer even more deeply into Suzuki Roshi's Zen mind and ponder the true meaning and value of recognizing the non-dual in our ordinary lives. The repartee with his students is by itself a great and unexpected gift, reviving that charming voice and warm wisdom we grew to know and love so well through "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind""Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of "Wherever You Go, There You Are" and coauthor of "Everyday Blessings"
"Suzuki Roshi's gentle wisdom shines through these intimate talks on the Sandokai. I am grateful to Mel Weitsman and Michael Wenger for their labor of love."Robert Aitken, author of "Taking the Path of Zen and Original Dwelling Place"
"Buddhists and lovers of Buddhism who have read and reread Suzuki Roshi's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" over the years, as well as those who are just discovering the wisdom of this wonderful, profound teacher for the first time, will welcome this new book of lectures on Zen training as a gift we did not expect to receive. "Branching Streams" should be read slowly and savored."Rita M. Gross, author of "Buddhism After Patriarchy"
"Through the poetry of knowing and doing, Shunryu Suzuki points out a path of practical wisdom for Americans today, in a voice so close at hand it can touch their inner experience of the interdependence of existence, open their ears to hear its harmony of difference and sameness, and awaken their willingness to be true to its mystery."Stephen Tipton, co-author of "Habits of the Heart"
"A wonderful manifestation of Suzuki Roshi's fresh insights and teachings--small, pithy, wild nuts delicious to anyone who chooses to taste them."Peter Matthiessen "Muryo Roshi," author of "Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can)""
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This book brings more transcripts of his talks. I love to read them because he was such a good Zen teacher: an ordinary man, compassionate and friendly, but firm on the subject. This book contains talks on the Sandokai, a Chinese poem from the eighth century, emphasising direct experience of reality.
"Our effort in Zen is to observe everything as-it-is."
Suzuki Roshi came originally to San Francisco to serve as a priest to the Japanese American congregation there. When more and more Americans came to listen to and practice with him, the San Francisco Zen Centre was established.
In his talks I find the freshness of someone who talks from experience, like he says: "rely on your voiceless voice... Listen to the tongueless teaching". It shines through. I recommend his talks to anyone interested in Zen: get inspired by his words, get encouraged to do Zen practice.