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Saturday, February 27, 2016

True Dragon

You come and practice zazen in this zendo where there should be true dragon. But the instant you think, “This is true dragon,” that is mistake, you know. But knowing that, if you come to this zendo, you should practice zazen with people, forgetting all about your, you know, carving or your painting. You should practice zazen with people, with your friend, in this zendo, completely involved in the atmosphere we have here. Sometime I allow people who is-- who are stick-- sticking to-- stick to his old way. I allow people to do that, but strictly speaking those who come and practice zazen here should be involved in-- should be completely involved in the feeling we have in this zendo, and practice our way with people according to my instruction. That is what you should do. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Verbatim excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-12-B as found on shunryusuzuki.comCopy and paste the name into the search box there to get to the transcript..  - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on - from there links to much more. - Go to What's New [now at blogger] to see more daily posts.

Here's how the search line in Shunryu Suzuki Dot Com reads:

The True Dragon, Oct 1968, Wind Bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center, p. 33, *Nothing Special Selection, Verbatim Transcript, 2 A/V Files, 5 More Files, Suggested Edited Version.

- thanks Michael Katz