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Thursday, February 25, 2021

A Cold opening to a lecture - first words lost

It was very, very cold. It was November? I don't remember exactly. I said, “Don't wear so much clothing. Even though you wear much clothing, you will not be so warm. And if your practice is sincere enough, even though you do not wear so much, you will not be so cold. If you are involved in intense practice, you know, actually you don't feel so cold.”

And so he appeared in zendo with only one thin shirt up top [laughs, laughter]. And he practiced. I said to him, “It may be too thin. You have to wear little bit more “ [laughs, laughter].

But he say, “It's all right.” And he sat with just one thin shirt on his body. 

Why I talk about his experience is because I want to talk about a koan: the famous koan of  what happened between Nansen and Joshu, Nansen's disciple. “Everyday Mind Is Dao.” I think you may know that koan.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-10 - 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching