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Monday, May 13, 2019

Lose the point

Even though you continue our practice for a long time our practice tends to lose the point of practice. We don’t know when we start the wrong practice but if you are not sincere, or faithful enough, or if you are not careful your practice will go astray. If you continue your practice for one year you will continue it anyway but in that case what we should be careful about is whether we are continuing because we have been practicing for one year. In that case your practice is not pure; because the reason why you continue your practice is based on past practice. You have some idea -- some substantial idea about the practice that you have had. But pure practice should be renewed everyday. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-18 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC