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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Continuing from yesterday and the day before that and that

 So anyway I will explain, first of all, this koan: 


Joshu asked his teacher Nansen, “What is dao?”

And his teacher Nansen answered, “Everyday mind is dao.”

And Joshu asked his teacher again, “How to accord with the dao?” or “How to follow the dao? 

And Nansen said, “The more you try to follow the dao, the more you will lose the dao.” [Laughs.] That was his [answer]. And he continued, “The true power does not belong to the matter of attaining it or not attaining it. If your practice goes beyond the matter of attaining it or not to attaining it, your mind will be like a boundless blue sky. And you will have no problem in your everyday life.” That was his answer. 
      --------------------------- 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