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Tuesday, August 8, 2023


When we rely on one-sided understanding we lose the purpose of our study. So to study Buddhism means not only Buddhist teachings—everything—to study everything is to study ourselves. And to study ourselves is to forget ourselves. And to forget ourselves is to be enlightened by things we study. What we study will teach us something which is real and true. Dogen said, to study ourselves is to be enlightened by everything. And this enlightenment goes forever, in this way, wiping the enlightenment and having enlightenment again. In this way this enlightenment procedure will go on and on and on, and you will understand everything in its true sense.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.