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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Common Ground

Even though each one of us is making a different effort, as long as all the effort is supported by Buddha Nature, there is no problem. When we don’t know that everyone’s effort is supported by the same ground and are attached to our own way, rejecting or ignoring the others’ ways and insisting on our own way, that is confusion. So we Buddhists put emphasis on each one’s own way. The Lotus Sutra, especially, puts emphasis on each one’s own way, and on the meaning of each one’s own being. At the same time this sutra provides every one of us with a big, common ground where we can enjoy each one’s own way. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-02-00-F - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Suzuki talking with boys on the way to Tassajara