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Saturday, April 30, 2022


So, I don't think all of you can practice our way with a teacher always. Some of you must go to your own home and practice alone. In such case, when you have some new experience, you should continue your practice folding the new experience within yourself, and act bravely according to the new experience. This kind of make-shift is necessary for you. We should not, you know, bound by same old way always. We should be always ready for a new experience. You may say that is kensho, or you may say—whatever you may say, this is quite new experience—experience both intellectual and emotional.              --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 67-08-20 - 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: Suzuki's comments about how to deal with unusual experiences for the last few days were surely given during the sesshin at the end of the first practice period and directed at Tim Burkett who'd had a great experience. He talks about it in his recent podcast and describes it in answer to a question at the bottom of his cuke page.