Genjo Koan (Suzuki Roshi is commenting in this talk on the relationship of form and emptiness): A Dharma talk given by Shunryu Suzuki on August 20, 1967, at Tassajara. -- People may think Zen is a wonderful teaching.
'If you study Zen, you will acquire complete freedom. If you wear a black robe like this, whatever you do is alright.' This kind of understanding looks like observing the teaching that form is emptiness, but what I mean by 'form is emptiness' is quite different.
Back and forth we practice, we train our mind and our emotions and our body. And after that process, you will acquire the perfect freedom. And perfect freedom will only be acquired under some limitation. When you are in one position, realization of the truth will be there, will happen to you.
But if you do not work on any position, wandering about from one place to another without knowing where you are, without knowing the place on which you work, then there will be no chance for you to realize your true nature. But you should appreciate, moment after moment, what you are doing right now under some condition.
First of all, you must know under which condition you actually are. If you are a teacher, you should behave like a teacher; when you are a student, you should behave like a student. So first of all you should know what your position is, or else realization of the truth will not happen to you. This is how we should understand our way. To realize our position and find ourselves is the way.
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