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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cannot Escape Zazen

As long as you practice, you cannot, you know-- you have no reason why you should stop practice [laughs]-- why you should give up. There is no reason. We are completely, you know, caught by zazen [laughing]. Completely caught by it. You can stop it one or two days, or one year or two years. Or you may think, “I shall not practice zazen any more as long as I am alive.” But still you cannot get out of it. You are still in zazen. You cannot escape our zazen, and you have no reason to. This is the -- what is zazen. You think you can stop, that's all. But actually you cannot. 

 Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-12-17-A as found on shunryusuzuki.com -  - Excerpt edited by DC

See Eyes of Buddhism - for more along these lines.