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Friday, May 6, 2022


There may be two ways,  two orders. I found recently for most of you, it is more appropriate to follow the first order, starting from believing in the absolute nature of all being, and to have various intellectual study—various religions or various teaching of Buddhism from intellectual—by intellectual way, and practice it—and practice zazen, so that you will find intellectual study something more than emotional activity. And then read scripture, or read the biography of our teachers, or to listen to lectures. This is more usual process for you. But the other way is, you know, to read the biography of the various teachers, and to live with teachers like this in a monastery, and more and more intellectualize those experience we have for life that we have here.             --------------------------- 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