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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Involved

I'm talking about Shobogenzo. And this is also, maybe, a carved dragon. But at least when we do something, you know, there must be something which is supposed to be a true dragon. I know that [laughs]. This is supposed to be a true dragon. In this way we practice zazen, you know.  You come and practice zazen in this zendo where there should be true dragon. But the instant you think, “This is the true dragon,” that is a mistake, you know. If you come to this zendo, you should practice zazen with people, forgetting all about your carving or your painting. You should practice zazen with people, with your friend, in this zendo, completely involved in the atmosphere we have here.   ----------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-12-B 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