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Monday, July 17, 2023

Path in the Water

Docho Roshi, the dharma is no dharma. The Tathagata doesn’t come or go. And the Buddha cannot be seen by the thirty-two marks. Where is our way?

SR: Actually, there is no way. We say, “On the water you will see various mountains over the water.” We think there is no road in the sea, but between the waves there is some road. So, nothing exists in its sheer emptiness. Even on water there is mountain. Even in the water there is a path to go. So as long as we are practicing our way, there is no problem. Before you practice it, you have problems.

—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.