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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pride

If you understand something about Buddhist philosophy or deep teaching of Buddhism, you may be very much proud of it - to have some profound unusual understanding of life or view of life while others foolishly study something which is not so deep or profound. You may say, “You are wrong. My understanding is right. Look here, Buddha says so-and-so. This is true understanding of life.” But reflect on your mind when you say so. In your mind there is just pride and no mercy, or no kindness in your mind. You are just proud of something, that's all. Whatever you say, that is out of the question. You should reflect on your mind. So in this case you mix up, you know, study of Buddhism and worldly attainment. .    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-22-A found onshunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.