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Friday, May 7, 2021


When you are enslaved by something, what you are doing is not pure enough--realistic enough. Something is between you and what you're doing: rules or idea or idea of self, you know. “I am doing something.” ”I am doing something” means I am enslaved by “me,” ideal “me.” So, you know, we should be more realistic. Do you understand? What I want to say -- [Sentence not finished. Tape turned over.]             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-15 - as found on 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 comment: Some tape operators would note down what Suzuki said in the gap when the tape was turned over. They will be rewarded in the afterlife. Woe to this one.