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Thursday, July 13, 2023


Docho Roshi, what can you say to my doubt about whether my zazen is true zazen, my practice is true practice, and my effort is right effort? 

SR: [Laughing] don’t doubt your practice. Just sit with us. That is true practice. When they get up, you should get up and join our practice. That is good enough. Don’t think more than that. Then your practice will be true practice. But if you think too much about your practice, you will lose your practice. So, don’t think too much, or don’t try too hard.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

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