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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Bridge

If you go to Eiheiji, there is Half-Dipper Bridge: Hanshakukyo, so named because Dogen Zenji used to bring back the leftover water to the river. After he use half of the dipper of water, he took it back to the river again [laughs]. At Eiheiji we never wash our face with bowl full of water. We use just seventy percent of water in our washing basin. And when we empty it, we do not empty water this way [away from the body]. We dip it-- we empty it this way [toward the body], you know [laughs]. If you empty it this way, you must be very careful [laughs]. If we are careless, we know what will happen to us. So we will have to empty it very carefully. We treat things very carefully. And we respect things very much. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B 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.