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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

More on the same line as the day before yesterday's Suzuki lecture excerpt

Because you have some other purpose or aim, you become critical of yourself. Not by your inmost request, but by some gaining idea. In this case, to be critical of your practice is not good. But if you accept your practice even though it is not perfect, to try to be perfect is your inmost request. If so, to be aware of your imperfect practice is itself an expression of your inmost request. If you understand in this way, that is right understanding.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 65-08-28-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com - Barely edited by DC