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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Not Usual

And this, you know, "I don't know," "Who are you in front of me?" you know, "What is the first principle," the Emperor asked. "I don't know," [laughs] he said. "I don't know," "There's no holy person," or "Nothing sacred -- no sacred teachings," that was his answer. "Then aren't you the teacher from India?" the Emperor asked. Bodhidharma said, "I don't know." [laughs] This "I don't know" is not usual "I don't know."      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 68-07-23 - 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: This is verbatim what Suzuki said, running through the Bodhidharma and Emperor exchange like a dream sequence. The key is that the "I don't know" is not the usual meaning.