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Monday, January 26, 2015

To be Buddha or to be Boss

We say, although we have Buddha nature, if you do not practice it - in other words if you try to understand it some other way - you will not understand it.
Just when you practice it you will understand what is our way. This point is very important for Buddhists. We do not talk so much, but through our activity we communicate with each other - intentionally or unintentionally - and we should always be alert enough to communicate without words or with words. If this point is lost we will lose the most important point of Buddhism. So wherever we go we should not lose this way of life. That is so-called to be Buddha, or to be boss. Wherever you go we say you should be the master of the surroundings. It means you should not lose your way. So that is so-called Buddha because if you are always in that way you are Buddha himself.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-12-08 and is titled Buddha's Enlightenment from the edited version in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, p. 131 - Excerpt edited by DC