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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Wide Open

Student P [Pat Herreshoff]: Docho Roshi, yesterday afternoon you gave a lecture on the Lotus Sutra. You said-- I believe that you said the Lotus Sutra describes reality to itself. And I feel that you demonstrate reality to yourself every moment, every day. Being a teacher I know that you-- I mean, since you are a teacher, surely you want us to see this reality that you demonstrate. But my eyes are stubbornly closed to it. Could you give a word that would help me open them?

SR: Actually your eyes are not closed. Eyes are open. Even though you say so I feel, you know-- I see your eyes wide open. When you feel in that way-- that you feel in that way is the proof of your wide-open eyes.

Student P [Pat Herreshoff]: That's good news.
    -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 as found on 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