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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Something Great or Small

As you know, I like stones very much, but especially big ones. Someone came to me the other day with a magnifying glass and said, “Look at those stones.” So I looked at them one by one. But to my great astonishment, those small stones were exactly the same as big ones! They were as interesting as big ones, the shapes were different, and some had very good shapes. You could make a beautiful garden with those stones. I was very pleased. I thought, this is what the universe consists of and how everything is going. So, if you cannot accomplish something great, you can work on a very small thing, in a very small scale, and the meaning is not any different at all. This is the nature of our practice and teaching. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-02-00-E - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.