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Friday, August 20, 2021


Once Yakusan, the famous Zen master in China, was asked to give a lecture. “It is so long since you gave a lecture, so please give some lecture after sesshin.” [Laughing.] He came up to the altar and came down, and went to his room without saying anything. So for him, one minute is enough. For me, it takes twenty minutes [laughter].

But his jisha asked him, after he went back to his room, “Why didn't you give a lecture, some words?” And he said, “I am a Zen master, so I will not say anything. If you want to study Zen, you should listen to some Buddhist philosopher, then he will explain it in detail [laughs, laughter]. I am a Zen master, so to practice with you is my motto. For me there is no need to speak, and for my students there is no need to receive any lecture.”
                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.