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Tuesday, April 12, 2022


We have a saying, Buddha gave us poison [laughs]. Buddha started some poisonous religion against religion.  [laughs]. But that is not his fault[laughs], his followers hold fault. All the religions are good, if we studied with sincerity for the people and not for the religion, and through and through, it is good. And we need various religions because there are many different types of people. So, each one of us needs his own religion. So, strictly speaking, religion should be our own. And, when we have our own teaching, mysteriously enough it becomes a true teaching, and we can communicate with each other. This is also true.           --------------------------- 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