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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Seven Difficulties

Seven hardships are the hardship when you are born. We don't remember-- I don't remember, but [laughs, laughter] it must be pretty hard [laughs] to come out. And old age -- we become older and older -- that is a hardship, and sickness, and death. Those are-- here we have four. And we count three more. One is to have too much energy [laughs]. That is hardship too [laughs]. So that is why you don’t eat so strong stimulus food in the monastery. It will create a hardship [laughs]. That's very true [laughs]. And even though you expect something, almost all the expectation will not be fulfilled in this world because by nature we expect too much. So it is [laughs] impossible to appease your, you know, desire. That is another difficulty  And the last one is to depart from someone who you love and to be with someone you do not like [laughs, laughter]. Those are [laughs, laughter] hardships we have in this world. This is very true [laughs]. But if you have joyful mind, all people will be your friend. And if you are healthy, the more you are healthy, the more you can enjoy your life. And birth should be happy occasion, and death is also-- should be happy. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-A as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture ex/cerpts on cuke.com - from thee links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.