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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Rinzai

In comparison to Soto, Rinzai teachers did not have so many followers. But most Rinzai students are people who actually practice zazen.. This is very good. Even though they do not have many followers, the followers they have are sincere students who practice zazen. But the practice itself is narrow. It is a kind of special practice for some special people. So that is why Rinzai school did not develop to have many supporters. That is the bad point of Rinzai school. We cannot compare actually-- we cannot say Soto is good or Rinzai is good. It is difficult to say which is better. I think both Rinzai and Soto should exist.   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-24 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  [DC comment - I frequently feel uncomfortable when he talks about other sects.].