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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Training

Zen practice is not training in the ordinary sense. Ordinary training is to improve ourselves; zen practice is to be ourselves. The practice of stopping our minds is not an end– an aim in itself. It is a precondition for perceiving reality. When the mind is stopped, reality is there. It is impossible, however, to completely give up yourself. Even when you consciously give up everything, something is left. What is it?  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-11-30 found on shunryusuzuki.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 seeSms okay.