Sunday Evening, August 16, 1970
[The first part of the lecture was not recorded.]
—restore the Buddhist teaching in its original way.
So, that you don't know anything about Buddhism is very good [laughs]. We have no trouble to make you piece by piece [laughs].
American people are very open-minded. So for you, it is easy to accept the teaching without trouble. That is my feeling.
And one more point is that because your mind is open, and you have not much prejudice, you see things clearly. And if the teaching is not pure enough, then you will not accept it. But of course there is some danger. The danger is that you will easily get caught by some wrong teaching too. Someone said American people are like sheep [laughs]. There is that danger. And if you meet with an ambitious person, you will easily be involved in wrong activity. That is one danger. But for a sincere teacher, American people are maybe the best friend.
Anyway, this evening, I wanted to make our practice clear from two viewpoints: from student's viewpoint and from teacher's standpoint. When we have mutual trust, then the student's way will become the teacher's way, teacher's way will become one with student's way. And, there we will have Dogen's way of practice, which is called “practice based on original enlightenment.”
I am so grateful to finish this sesshin with this kind of warm feeling.
Thank you very much.
Source: City Center tape. Transcription by Nigel Edmonds and Bill Redican (checked March 16, 2000). Lightly edited for readability by Wendy Pirsig and Peter Ford (3/2021). [The original tape continues with what appears to be a different complete lecture, which has been cataloged as 70-08-16-B.]