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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

We Respect Things Very Much

If you go to Eiheiji, there is Hanshakukyo (Half-Dipper) Bridge, so named because Dogen Zenji used to bring back the leftover water to the river here. After he used half of a dipper of water, he took it back to the river again. At Eiheiji we never wash our face with a bowl full of water. We fill it just seventy percent with water. And when we empty it, we do not empty water away from the body; we empty it toward the body. If you empty it this way, you must be very careful [laughs]. So, we have to empty it very carefully. We treat things very carefully. And we respect things very much. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-06-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.