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Friday, April 10, 2020

Q & A Continues - Flowing

Student I [Jeff]: Docho Roshi: If the Law is like the water flowing, it seems sometimes there's a lot of dams in the mind-- in the brain. And they don't let the water well up from the hara spring. And it seems that the process of opening this well is a process of dying. And all the old habits and conceptions and assumptions and personalities are being washed away. And all the old ways of living are being washed away. And there's a lot of-- there seem to be a lot of monsters and kinnaras and nagas that are very full of hate and fear and pain. And if we truly die in this flow-- can we truly die in this flow and just trust it to take its natural course and not disturb it? Be still? And be clear?

SR: Whatever you say, things are going as it goes. But we analyze things; discriminate things. But analytical thinking and discriminative feelings also a flow of truth. After all, we have nothing to say. The only way is to appreciate this great activity of the Buddha moment after moment. We shouldn't forget this activity, even though we analyze things and discriminate things. Don't be completely involved in discrimination or thinking. You should have always freedom from everything, like Buddha. If you want to do so, you should practice zazen. Okay? 
 -------------------------------- 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