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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Crystallize

Before the concentration happens to you, your mind is just big and your mind is something which you don't know. You do not have any feeling about yourself. But once you are involved in something or you are concentrated on something, there your mind will crystallize, and you will have some clear idea of yourself-- subjectively and objectively. That subjective crystallized self reflection projects itself to the objective world, and you have some clear objects within your mind. There you have various feeling about the object. But as that object is the projection of your mind, and if that feeling is good or object is good, you will naturally cling to it. When you cling to some object, it means you are clinging to yourself at the same time because that object is the projected self. That attachment will result in some fear, if it is good. Because you attach to it, you try not to lose it. But nothing is permanent. Everything is changing. So even though you cling to it, that object will change even though you know that you have fear of losing it.   ---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-05-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.