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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Beyond Word

Student W: Docho Roshi, question beyond word, word beyond question.

SR: Question. When you make improvement, you have question. So when you are improving yourself constantly, that question is more than question. So that is question beyond word. Word beyond question is even though you are making question, you know there is no other way to improve yourself [than to practice]. But you need some help or encouragement. So we discuss something between us, but actually the only way is improve ourself by ourselves. When you understand this point, your question is something more than word. And your word is something more than the question. In this way you should find yourself. Expressing by word how you feel, and trying to know what you feel, over and over you find yourself. Then to continue this kind of practice is our way. 
  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC