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Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Shunryu Suzuki

Mel Weitsman and Michael Wenger (eds)

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

When Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind was published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on ... More


Sekito Kisen and the Sandokai

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Sekito Kisen (Ch. Shitou Xiqian, 700–790), author of the Sandokai, was born in Guangdong Province in southern China at the beginning of the eighth century. This was a formative era in which Zen was ... More


Third Talk: Buddha Is Always Here

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's third talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: The spiritual source shines clear in the light; the branching streams flow on ... More


Fourth Talk: The Blue Jay Will Come Right into Your Heart

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's fourth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: All the objects of the senses interact and yet do not. Interacting brings ... More


Fifth Talk: Today We May Be Very Happy, and the Next Day We Don’t Know What Will Happen to Us

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's fifth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: Sights vary in quality and form, sounds differ as pleasing or harsh. Refined ... More


Sixth Talk: The Boat Is Always Moving

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's sixth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: The four elements return to their natures just as a child turns to its ... More


Eighth Talk: Within Light There is Utter Darkness

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's eighth talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: In the light there is darkness, but don't take it as darkness. In the dark ... More


Eleventh Talk: We Should Not Stick to Words or Rules Too Much

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's eleventh talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: Hearing the words, understand the meaning; don't set up standards of your ... More


Introduction

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter begins with some details about Suzuki Roshi's arrival in America in 1959, and the opening of the San Francisco Zen Center and the first Zen Buddhist monastery in America. It ... More


First Talk: Things-As-It-Is

in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219823
eISBN:
9780520936232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219823.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents a transcript of Suzuki Roshi's first talk on the Sandokai. It focuses on these lines from the poem: The mind of the great sage of India is intimately transmitted from west to ... More


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