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Friday, June 5, 2020

Layin' Down the Law

Sometime I allow people who stick to their old way to do that, but strictly speaking those who come and practice zazen here should be completely involved in the feeling we have in this zendo, and practice our way with people according to my instruction. That is what you should do. But people who do not know what is real emptiness or dragon may think he is forcing his way [laughs] on us. And, “Sokoji is a Soto Zen temple. I have been practicing Rinzai way.” But that is not true. We are practicing our way transmitted from Buddha to us. We are Buddha's disciples. And we practice zazen with Buddha, with patriarchs.  ----------------------------- 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