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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cold

Student: How can we get our meditation back and our concentration through the tenseness of being cold?

SR: [Laughing.] I understand how you feel [laughter], but nevertheless, you know, we say, “Sick or cold will not kill you, but wrong practice will kill you.” [Laughter.] Even though it is cold, you know, you should do it. You see, it will be a chance to realize the truth. The cold weather or some difficulty in your practice will give you some chance to attain enlightenment or to practice real practice. When it is cold, you should practice because it is a good chance to practice. This is rather, I think, traditional way of realizing our true nature.
------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-00-A as 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 seems okay.