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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Rare

Our human life is so rare, and so wonderful, and when I sit I want to remain in this way forever, but I encourage myself to have another practice, for instance, to recite a sutra or to bow. And when we bow, I think, “this is wonderful”, but we have to change our practice for reciting sutras. I don’t feel to like talking after reciting a sutra. So the purpose of my talk is to express my appreciation, that’s all. Our way is not to sit for something, it is to express our true nature. That is our practice.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 65-12-16 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC