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Friday, April 7, 2023

Be Yourself

Student: From time to time you emphasize a different recommendation for how we do zazen. Breathing, watching our breath, or concentrating our power in our hara, or last night you referred to shikantaza. When you change your recommendations, do you think that we as a group should change our way of practicing according to what you say in the lecture?

SR: Yeah, that is a good question [laughs, laughter]. You know, the point is, whatever practice you do, practice your way without expecting anything. Just to be yourself, you practice zazen.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-12 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.