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Shunryu Suzuki

Data de nascimento: 18. Maio 1904
Data de falecimento: 4. Dezembro 1971
Outros nomes: 鈴木俊隆

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Shunryu Suzuki descendente espiritual do grande mestre Zen do século XIII, Dogen. Profundamente respeitado no Japão, como mestre Zen, foi para os Estados Unidos em 1958, com a intenção de passar dois ou três anos. Porém ficou tão impressionado com a seriedade que encontrou entre os norte-americanos interessados no Zen, que acabou por tornar-se residente permanente, fixando-se em São Francisco. Graças às pessoas que queriam participar de suas práticas, formou-se um grupo de meditação denominado Zen Center, que sob sua orientação, se expandiu para mais três locais, incluindo o Zen Mountain Center, o primeiro mosteiro de treinamento Zen fora da Ásia. Shunryu Suzuki foi, sem dúvida, um dos mais influentes mestres Zen do nosso tempo.

Referência: Suzuki, Shunryu. Mente Zen, Mente de Principiante; editado por Trudy Dixon com prefácio de Huston Smith e introdução de Richard Baker; tradução de Odete Lara. São Paulo: Palas Athena, 1994. ISBN-85-7242-006-1

Citações Shunryu Suzuki

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„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
Context: 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. Lecture in Los Altos, CA (1 September 1967)

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

— Shunryu Suzuki
Context: 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. [http://www.berkeleyzencenter.org/Lectures/may2000.shtml "Three Lecture Excerpts from Shunryu Suzuki Roshi"] in Newsletter (May 2000)

„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
Context: 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. Lecture in Los Altos, CA (1 September 1967)

„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
Context: 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. [http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org/archives/index.cgi/710817V.html Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha lecture at the Zen Mountain Center (17 August 1971)]

„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
Context: 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. [http://www.shunryusuzuki.com/suzuki/transcripts-pdf/67-pdf/67-08-31U.pdf Lecture in Los Altos, CA (1 September 1967)]

„Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.“

— Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

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„In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few“

— Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

„A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?"

Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason.“

— Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of "ZEN Mind, Beginner's Mind"

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„What we call "I" is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.“

— Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

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