11. Thursday, April 12, 1973
KOBUN: All teisho I received
was one-sided, teacher's side. Sometimes very difficult text and the teacher
didn't care whether the student understand it or not. Some students sleep,
some students wide awake and listen.
STUDENT: What is that word, teisho?
KOBUN: T a sho. Teisho is
like when I pick up one koan story and speak my own opinion about it,
through my practice and through study about it. To speak about that koan
itself is not teisho. Teisho is to make koan alive by talk and let student
ask, feel it – whether the student has different understanding about koan....
Sho is song, singing. It's not other's voice but the person who is speaking.
Tei is usually like... demonstration of cooking. A recipe is like koan.
When you speak about it, that is like teisho. Actually when you cook everyone
make a different way. In my first experience I heard many teishos from
many different masters on a particular subject, like one chapter of Shobogenzo.
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