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Saturday, November 28, 2020

One Practice

Dan Chesluk: Docho Roshi, why have you told us this morning to concentrate on one activity?

SR: What I mean is not so complicated a thing-- you know. Try to get up before the alarm [laughs], or, try-- try not to eat too much -- that kind of thing is-- anything which you think you want to try.

Dan: I thought you meant that for a long period of time we should concentrate on one thing.

SR: Yeah [laughs], that is something which you should do always for long period of time.

Dan: Concentrate on one thing? Pick one thing?

SR: Yeah. That is very good practice.

Dan: 'Cause for myself I tend not to do that, you know--

SR: Yeah, maybe so. So stick to one practice forever [laughs]. That is very good [laughter].

Dan: Thank you very much.                --------------------------- 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