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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Suzuki disses using the stick

So if you do not understand, we will use this one (holding up his nyoi, short stick). How is that? That is the best way to communicate. Our way is very direct. But that is not Zen, you know. It is not our traditional way, but we find it easier to express it in this way. But the best thing will be just to sit without saying anything. Then you have full meaning of it. Even though you use this one (stick), it will not be enough. If I use it until I lose myself, or until you die, still it is not enough. The only way is to sit without saying anything. Here we have full meaning of traditional Zen.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-01-05Edited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on - from there links to much more. - Go to Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.]