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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cultivating our Mind

Zen may be said to be the practice of cultivating our mind to make it deep and open enough to accept the various seeds of ideas and thoughts as they are. When this kind of perfect acceptance takes place, everything will orient itself according to its own nature and the circumstances. We call this activity the Great Activity. Reality can be said to be the bed that is deep and soft enough to accept everything as it is.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 63-04-00 as found on shunryusuzuki.com - from an edited lecture in an early Wind Bell - all Wind Bells and Suzuki lectures from Wind Bells.