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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Feel Bad

Student Y [Rick Morton]: Docho Roshi, I don't understand what to do about the bad things I think about myself.

SR: Yeah. Maybe so, you know. If you don't do anything, still you don't feel good. And if you do, you feel also-- sometimes good sometimes bad. So this is a very difficult problem. Maybe only way to get out of it is to practice zazen sometime, and to do some special work sometime. And you should make best effort in each moment. That is only way. Don't think too much. Thinking will not help you. 
   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC