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Monday, June 1, 2020

Suzuki tells a polishing story

Nangaku -- Rinzai belongs to Nangaku's lineage-- branch. Dogen Zenji talked about  Nangaku's famous story of polishing tile. You know that story.

When Baso was practicing zazen, Nangaku, who passed by, asked him, “What are you doing?” [Laughs.]

“Of course, I am practicing zazen.”

And Nangaku asked, “Why do you practice zazen?”

And Baso said, “I want to attain buddhahood.”

And Nangaku did not say anything, but he picked up a tile and started to polish it. This time, Baso started to wondering what he started to do, and asked him, “What are you doing?”

“I am making a tile into a jewel.” [Laughs.] 
 ----------------------------- 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