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Monday, May 11, 2015

Ornament of Life

Student D: Problem-solving does not necessarily have to be a dualistic activity. Is that right?

SR: Mm-hmm. When you accept the dualistic activity is to find the oneness. So when you do not accept it, that is duality. No way to solve it, or it is just a deluded idea which will be the cause of trouble. But when you accept it, there is oneness. And the problem is actually solved when you accept it. When you accept the problem, you accept your true nature, which is working on it. When you accept your true nature, you know, fundamentally there is no problem. But as long as we live, moment after moment we have to work on something. So dualistic problems will give you the meaning of life-- your life. It is an ornament of your life.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 65-08-28-B as found on - Edited by DC