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Monday, November 30, 2020

Stick

Jack Weller: Docho Roshi, I am troubled by your saying that you don't trust us. 

SR: [Laughs.] Yeah. I want to encourage you to, you know, stick to something, you know, not in term of good or bad, but like water sticks to lower place. Without that kind of spirit, we cannot trust anyone, until we can see that kind of practice in some other person.

Jack: Then we can trust them, right?

SR: [Laughs.] Yeah.

Jack: So we can trust you.

SR: [Laughing.] Ho!

Jack: But you cannot trust us.

SR: Yeah, maybe. I am trying, you know, always to stick to something, not because this is good or bad. When you stick to one thing only, you know, it may be sometimes understood as something good. Sometime it may be understood as something which is bad. But whether it is good or bad, is out of the question. If it is helpful for me and for others to stick to one practice.

Jack: 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