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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The True Dragon

As Dogen Zenji in his instructions on zazen said, “Don't be afraid of the true dragon.” In China there was a man who liked dragons very much. Even though he didn't know actually what it was, he was very interested in dragons, and he liked to talk about dragons. Even though we don't know what zazen is, people like to talk about zazen all day and night, all night and day [laughs, laughter]. But Dogen Zenji said, “Don't be surprised at the true dragon.” — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.