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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Closing Words from the 2nd Practice Period

In spite of my lack of effort, you fulfilled this training period very well. I am satisfied. Katsuzen-san [Phillip Wilson] did it very well, supported by many students who are here with us today.

We say, “Before spring has gone, the summer comes.” This practice period we had spring training. And right here, we will have the next sesshin.

If we take a pause for a while, I cannot help but be amazed at seeing things, including you. You developed very well, and the same time Tassajara became more and more mature. This may not be the right words for congratulations, but it's exactly how I feel. So we should try not to be lost in our practice, and Tassajara also should not be lost from this world by your efforts. Like various unknown flowers near the stream, we should keep up with the world of transiency.
Thank you very much. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-C as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC