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Friday, May 13, 2022

When You Want to Be You

 If you say, "I cannot practice any more [laughs] because of this or that," that is opposite. Because of this or that, you have to practice! [Laughs.] Do you understand? [Laughter.] Because you are busy, you have to [laughs] study [laughter]. Because your mind is occupied by some particular thing, you have to practice [laughter]. Because you are interested in some particular thing recently [laughs], so you have to practice it our way or else you will be lost [laughs]. Whatever you do, [laughter, laughs] it doesn't work. You are not you [laughs, laughter]. When you want to be you [laughter, laughs], you practice zazen. That is the most important thing for you.              --------------------------- 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