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Friday, March 11, 2022


So, as Reverend Katagiri said in his instruction about our practice, to do something is the only way. To do something is the only way to understand what it is. To be involved in what you are doing completely, without thinking. Then you will understand what it is. If you have difficulty, that is good. If you have pleasure doing it, that is also good. And pleasure is not just pleasure. When you do something completely, absorbed in your activity, that is not just experience. It is more than experience; it is more than understanding.                               --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-08-17N - 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.

DC Comment: Back in August 66 they were still using reverend to address a priest. Suzuki went to Japan not long after this and when he returned in late fall, Alan Watt's letter saying had arrived saying that reverend shouldn't be used for Zen priest, that roshi and sensei would be more appropriate. So that took hold and after that only some old timers still used reverend.