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Monday, November 16, 2020

Duality

Angie Runyon: Docho Roshi, I too want to know the meaning of human existence. The meaning of human existence?

SR: Human existence? Yeah-- human existence, you know, is-- the characteristic of human existence is duality. We are dualistic being. That is our characteristic of life. So if you attach to one side of our life, we will be completely lost because we have double nature. So our understanding of life should be double structure. 
            --------------------------- 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