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today is the trainers and the time as really good evening

i have two things are the main ah my main subject in ideas i'm talking about lie i'm here
ha ha
i spent to have the last three months here and in the practice period and ah
now i'm appearing again for a week so i went to explain with with that is
but first i just wanna say something about ah
being here again and seeing all the old students who i practiced with and
as how i miss those people that are not here now who are here them but it's great to see everybody and to see everyone in the new position most of your own in new positions and as very refreshing ah so i just want to give a word of encouragement
hum you know it's been great
it's always hard work opening a bracket period
the transition from
i practice period to get season and ah
people are exhausted and we've been working very hard
and so i think you've done great job in making the transition
i just want to say
a few words about how to stay focused on practice
which is not to lose your samadi
samadhi
means concentration
but it means concentration not just
in any other way that means concentration and practice
in in any way that we concentrate on practice we create somebody or somebody is that concentration
i cannot lose the power of the mighty which is to stay always concentrated
i'm practice
always concentrated on whatever we do as practice and when we get lost to come back
that way and you'll have very wonderful summer
so this is the time when we take care of were we when we share our practice
with the public
during the six months of practice on practice period
we retreat at the mountain
and during the five months or six months of five months of guess season we open ourselves to the public and take care of people who can
to to visit and you pass through here
so how we behave ourselves makes it makes a big impression on people
so if we really know how to be the center ourselves to stay centered
and not lose our concentration
we can really help people
so the reason i i'm here with my students is that i'm doing what we called diamond transmission
i have ah
two women students who have been practicing for many years with me and with us berkeley and also in san francisco zen center
who have their own practice places
and
this can transition transmission ceremony is for them
it makes me realize how we wait until people get pretty old before we translate the document
ah
grace chacin and i started practicing with me in berkeley nineteen sixty seven
and mary know same i can't remember exactly when she started taking a long time ago and
each one has established their own practice place
so i want to talk about what is this dharma transmission
i'm
you know we have a several ordinations in zen center
in our school actually
there's one called guy i means taking the precept
but we don't do that
ceremony and uk is a ceremony that's done in japan and also other places in the world and the buddhist world uk has done a very regularly for lay people
who are called believers
but we don't have people in our practice we aren't see people and believers
ah
in america we have developed a practice where lay people are practitioners
so we will give way people lay ordination called took it out z k topeka out which means
ordination while living at home
stay at home
i'm
and then we'll have a priest automation which is called shoe k token down
which means leaving home
can like a monk
i'm technically that's what it means actually
some people leave home some damage some lay people leave home some stay home some priests me home some people staffers and pretty stay home so how do you leave home while stay home and how do you stay home i will maybe com
so this is a co-owner american practice
when sham where every all are dealing with
and then
there's a rite of passage called she saw which is
head monk during your practice period they had my practices and the protege of the abbot
a practice
i am
a former habit
ah
they had this role of position and so that's a kind of rite of passage and then the last ordination is called dharma transmission which makes any am a priest a for priest
how a person someone who is ordained as a priest
it's called an ensuing which means clouds and water
hum
it has the feeling of freedom of clouds and water
of course the water i was six the lowest level not all good so we do to happen
but are seeking the lowest level means you can form the things and you have flexibility to take any shape
the letter doesn't get until less it gets frozen
relay
so this dharma transmission is given as a an active
the final rite of passage
i'm a mature priest
so this is very traditional in then
because in then
the can you know there
we don't
take any special sutra as are
kutztown we will study all of that
searches and
doctrines of buddhism but basically then has nothing
we borrow
our service are chanting and so forth from other schools of buddhism
so there's very little that we would call and then chat
bar
zen way of doing a gym formality mostly it's borrowed from other
schools of buddhism because then is simply a practice of being present
and letting go
and in order to give it some form we use these structure
so then practice has a very formal aspect to it in order to give this thing but it's nothing some for them
so that you can recognize him
so when we walk into this end out we are
confronted with the atmosphere of practice
so
since there's no special sutra or doctrine which is then
the teaching cones
hum actually comes from or dns rather than filling out
so whatever we study from without is to stimulate but within to come out
and so this is what practices practices to bring forth the dharma rather than to put it in
but we do put it in and that stimulated to come out
but basically our practices how we ah
am
follow arm
our way moment by moment
so
and then teaching is
handed down from teacher to student teacher and disciple
and that's the way or ah
our lineage she has created we say that our lineage comes all the way from shakyamuni buddha and from before jackie money buddha through all of the ancestors so that's why it's so important in jan practice to pay attention to the ancestors and their teachings
so we chant the needs of the ancestors every day and
with some veneration
i'm so i when one has diamond transmission one is like an ancestor
the dharma to others
so this is the his this is and very typical history of i'm in our school as in practice
and how it's transmitted
we say from warm hand to warm hand
who teach you to disciple
come and in when someone has diamond transmission there
once they empowered i wouldn't say
entitled to

pass that onto someone else
so this is the way we keep the lineage going and keep the
presence of the school alive as transmission from teacher to disciple
so
this ceremony and and transmission is an acknowledgement of the transmission that one already has
it's not that through the ceremonies that one receives damage transmission when received dharma transmission through their own practice
and through an association with the teacher over long period of time
don't the transmissions actually happened
and the ceremony is an acknowledgement that and an empowerment
ha ha
am
hey i and during this time which is traditionally it's twenty-one days that the ceremony that the later these ceremonies to
x twenty one days but we often shortened it to seven
to one week because people are busy
but in this case i did twenty one days by i i had my dharma transmission in japan and
grace the mary by having their and we are doing twenty one days
so you see them or walk coming around and in the morning they get out before everybody else
an hour before everybody else can they go around to all the altars and ah
offer incense and bow and in two little gotta chat
and then everybody else wakes up
and then they go and do this a compound a bushel rye which is ringing the bell
and chanting the name of one of the ancestors and ballot and they you that for each one of their ancestors
that takes a couple of hours and then a i have to make their own documents transmission documents when each day and it takes a long time they have the expression and ink
and big documents and
letter writing so it's intense period of time in which they do nothing else
he noticed we got an eat-in our own little table
in order to get some space and to stay together
so what are the government
vicky and allen are helping us and
so we all are in this kind of thing together if the kind of
transmission somebody together
and i it's hard to step outside of that
so when i see the people that i've practiced with on you know in the first part of this year it's hard to have a conversation for to say something and i i really apologize for not know associating with you more but it's really hard to get under state to step out of this
concentration
so we have several ceremonies that along the way what we're doing all his and the last two nights we have a ceremony each night which is late in the evening after everybody goes to bed
and one or the ceremonies is
i ah and empowerment ceremony and the other ceremony is
a
transmission ceremony but we say transmission transmission a funny word because i even know it's okay
and there's nothing transmitted
there's nothing like nine and is because you already have it otherwise he wouldn't be having ceremony
so it's more like to two minds come together
it's like pouring ah
water from one cup to another
it's the same water so we and to have our understanding is how did the same
in a very deep way it doesn't mean that we don't have differences and conflict
not everything is perfect
but in the deepest way
we have the same understanding
ha it possible in this trend transmission semi for
damn student and disable to not even like each other
that's rare
but it's based not so much on person not at all and personality but i'm understanding
hum
sign in the last anybody will take place at midnight
hum
it's a ceremony
actually that that decide what becomes a child
and it's kind of like a
rebirth
and we call the person by the name new so itself
what very humbling dharma transmission is very humbling experience
what is humble mean and humbly you know people have different ideas but what humble man when when i say humble what i mean is
when one is humble one knows exactly where one is
when does where one is and who it is
and is not
going beyond who they are are below beneath who they are funded
standing right in the middle of just who they are
no pretense
had come true or false
i'm so ah and
you know what can you receive a brown round and you have diamond transmission
so in a way you know when it's a kind of recovered in thing becomes a kind of coveted thing by for priests and
for a long time and zen center
the only one person and diamond transmission suzuki roshi only transmitted one person before he could before he died one of his disciple
and you have the opportunity to complete that with his other students
i have completed the interest and minute many of sneaky roshi students which you can give me and great joy
and many clearly suzuki roshi would have wanted somebody to do that
he said i remember him saying when am a teacher dies to teacher student
we have dharma transmission look continue to transmit noticed that teachers are the disciples
ha i don't have as much as i could
come on
but i think we have to understand that you know he say well to don't mean to person's enlightened
when our time of transmission
ah
i don't like to think of enlightenment as something that one has
i may enlightenment is sending that one does
it went acts like an enlightened person if one's persons in one's actions are enlightened
sell that needs to be said
so i don't sometimes we say are we read the story is in the book you know someone so and so once i was enlightened
but it didn't say you know what all the circumstances around at work course
but in network
after we wait til somebody actually to wait to somebody gets to be old to their old age before i live the but if i give them damage ambition
because i you every one of us is working out some ego problem
almost every person is working out some ego problem and people have diamond transmission also have ego problems
but
ha although we all have problems
which is human nature we still your dharma transmission
but we give it will be no feel assured that the person who's receiving the dharma transmission but continue to be aware of their shortcomings and be aware of how they create problems
for themselves and matters
you know being aware of your
delusion is enlightenment
if you think you know and i don't have any delusion
that's really do it
so you should know
how would our shortcomings are what our difficulties are where our ego stands out
what kind of entitlement we think we should have
ah
how we are
the deport ourselves
how we handle things
how we see our relationship between not only people but objects
you can see it in enlightened action the way someone picks up something and put it down
i can tell when someone walks into my doc son my interview room
exactly where they are just as they walk in the way they walk in the way sit down the way they bow
the way they start talking before they're even settled
he and
no no this kind of and fan
unsettled behavior
can you go on with someone who is he couldn't understanding
the practice of vanilla and of
buddhism
so we should be careful not to put a person who and diamond transmission up on a pedestal
we should
i they showed that
we give people the benefit of it as whenever i doubt it a don't we have
but at the same time when when has this diamond transmission it really be lose that person to be buying more careful because in a person carries entrustment so the to the two terms that come up in the ceremony one is
transmission the other is entrustment trust
this is interesting to you
it's a big responsibility
hey responsibility and when we forget to head and our ego blocks
reality
the canal
that's notice by pinto
so we have to realize that we are the carriers of the diamond not just people who have diamond transmitted all of us are you know when suzuki roshi was alive and practicing they can students many many of his students and dharma transmission
but not the ceremony
they he transmitted his diamond to many many people just naturally
only one person was able to have the ceremony
an acknowledgement
but many people received his diamond
as thinking now
so
it's important that
someone who has this nasty entrustment recognizes the diamond that everyone has
it doesn't try to stand out in some way
where be special
this is why the diet sam or transmission ceremony is not public
it's people say it's a secret but secrets too strong a word it's a private thing is like between two people basically something that happened between two people
so
and it's very intimate very internet
so it's not something you'd like to pick out you may want to pass percentage that the the with is not a show
so
that's why i don't like to
talk about it my sure shadow you know people discuss it alive are
we had the people ever the interests
the disciples by doing this
i'm a display
and i can just be sending that has done
in the midst of all of us but it's private
and affects everyone but still
hum
i don't like it to make waves
because then we see if our see somebody just as something wonderful you know
that like that it's wonderful but it read it is it's just promoting someone with a lot of responsibility
so after the dharma transmission
those people who have the document and transmitted are interested well
give a presentation to the saga
a public presentation of the saga afterwards
i don't know what i'm time to do them
the now when i hope that they can do see
now
hurt my time that
what i think i have a question
hey somewhere
the is gonna attack
a lot of factors
different levels of reserve
l a y y y
well
yeah it's hard for me to speak about japan
i don't i know by i don't want to say what's done in japan
our practice what are our dharma transmission is the most formal
ah with you fit the way we do dharma transmission here is the most formal way that they would do it in japan and so the levels of formality and and often independence's can have given out very freely and easily
and snicker she wanted our dharma transmission to be more
ah
meaningful
hey pick up this people here
how many is a my students had i given diamond transmission to well i hate to say it
but this is number nineteen and twelve me and number twenty
here's a lot
the shoe
and what
oh wait you know in japan
i'm a teacher would get maybe one or one or two dharma transmission maybe three or four you know
but you know in japan they don't have so many students
also it's consider live in greedy you know until
but here
ah our students stay with us for twenty thirty years
in japan a to students you know ah
maybe studied the monastery for three years and they go home to the home temple and take away the farthest temple and but it is
ah they don't have very many students
can we have always did you because in america that incentives practice very new and lot of enthusiasm and
students who are very mature so that's one thing
and because there's so many mature students
ha
it just follows that they should have some
authority
the other side is
that we need teachers in america
if we're going to spread the diamond we need to have these teachers
and he teaches can all stay in one place they have to go someplace you know it's nice to stay in one place since and very tidy
you can stay or a long time and
and then
nice happy family that's great
but also that the need for teachers to go out and spread the dharma not spread that i like this been the dharma but accommodate people who want to practice
in a world
ah
i think
i never thought that i would give diamond transmission in two thousand people i will give damage restoration to probably more
and i realize
now
i'm getting old myself
little bit
so ah
and we need a new generations
and so far south
ah yes time okay
so we don't want to go beyond our kind to continue that has to get up and go to work in the morning playing whatever we do
right now