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Monday, May 29, 2017

Who said?

in some form like "Enlightenment is an accident. Zazen makes one accident prone." - zazen or meditation or practice. It has been attributed to Shunryu Suzuki and ended up on Upaya blog four years ago but I doubted that and thought it was Aitken or Kornfield. Got hold of Joan Halifax who didn't recall where she'd gotten it.

Mentioned it to a long time Aitken friend and student who'd been in the SFZC for years and he said he definitely thought it was Aitken. Put it on the Dubious Quotes page of cuke in August 2013. I've seen it elsewhere since then attributed to Suzuki like here and here and here and here and elsewhere. Shambhala Publications had it attributed to Suzuki last week on their quote of the week coming from Nothing Holy about It. Got hold of author Tim Burkett and he'd studied with Aitken some too after Suzuki and agreed he'd gotten the wires crossed there.

A couple of days ago sent an email to Aitken's first dharma heir and cuke benefactor John Tarrant and asked him about it and he put the matter to rest saying that yes, Aiken said that now and then but he attributed it to Rajneesh. That sounds just right to me. And maybe Rajneesh got it from somewhere else. I would guess that teachers in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage will be giving lectures on it in the future as an excellent example of Suzuki's wisdom. - dc