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Friday, July 29, 2022

Small Self

You should not try to make some particular effort based on your small self: “I have to—my practice should be better,” [laughs] “my practice.” Buddha’s practice would be better, but not yours. If your effort is based on big mind, you cannot get out of it. It is so big, so you cannot get out of it. But if your small self start to act without any care of big mind, that is not Zen.                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 65-12-11-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed 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 https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo