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Monday, November 21, 2022

Many Kinds of Practice

In ancient times, people practiced various ways. Sometimes they meditated on skeletons; sometimes they meditated on water; or sometimes they practiced zazen to detach—thinking of a filthy bag containing lungs and stomach and many nasty things within it. Even a beautiful person contains many filthy things [laughs] in her. Actually they did this. There are many kinds of practice for us. You are just laughing at them, but if you were in the situation, you would do it. But in America, this kind of thing will never happen. All those practices work, when based on the true way of zazen. But if those practices are directed only one way, they don't work. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lect