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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Substitute

After practicing one or two months, if you don't think you have made some progress, you will give up in seeking for something good. But true religion cannot be obtained in that way. This kind of a way is the way to attain something in more materialistic sense. But true spiritual way cannot be like this. The way to work on spiritual things is quite different from the way to work on something which is more materialistic. Even though you talk about spiritual things, that is not actually spiritual. That is a kind of substitute for the [laughs] spiritual things.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-24 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC