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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Choose

Chris Flynn: Docho Roshi, some Zen masters, both contemporary and historical, have put a great deal of emphasis on reaching kensho. They put emphasis on method and posture, but here at Tassajara and at Sokoji we don't do that. 

SR: Then what will you do here? Here it is necessary to have confidence to keep up with everyday activity which is going here. If it is difficult to do everything perfectly, then choose something like zazen practice or like sutra reciting, like sutra study. Choose one or two out of the many activities, and try to be concentrated on the activity you have chosen, and try to do it satisfactorily.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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