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Monday, December 30, 2019

My Sectarianism

Whatever the religion is, that is very helpful. This is my non-sectarianism. So my sectarianism is sectarianism and non-sectarianism [laughs]. Both. Do you understand? You cannot say it is non-sectarianism, because I am very proud sectarian [laughs].


You cannot change my, you know, understanding. No one can change it [laughs]. The only way is to change their understanding [laughter]. But that will only lead to frustration. [laughs, laughter]. Even so I, you know, I do not reject any understanding. And it does not mean for me there is nothing to study [laughs]. I have to study a lot of things, but there is no need for me to change my foundation of religion.

Because of this foundation, I feel free to study many things, you know. If I lose this foundation, I must be a kind of sectarian, very bad sectarian [laughs]. Because I feel some ease, you know, I have no fear of losing my way. Whatever I study, it is all right.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC