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Saturday, November 5, 2022

If Everything Is Mixed-up

If everything is mixed-up always, what is the point of appreciating everything if everything is just phenomenon? Why do we appreciate such a tentative phenomenal world? If you understand in that way, that is like serving salad and brown rice and miso soup in one big pail. How would you feel to eat from a bucket like a pig? [Laughter.] Even though it will be mixed-up in our tummy, we should serve one by one. That is our way, you know. But we do not keep it separate in our tummy. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.