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Thursday, December 16, 2021


Yesterday I said I would rather be a rock on top of the mountain than to be a lion or tiger in the mountain, or bird. You may say, a rock is motionless and a rock has no feelings, but if you if you see the rock, directly, it is very many things. Even a rock on the top of mountain, there will be moss on it. Even though there is no moss the natural color of the wood will tell you the story of many kalpas of time. Even though you smooth a stone by machine, you cannot make a rock on the top of mountain. You cannot make it. It is more than a living being.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 67-12-04-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) lecture tapes. 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. Go to for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.