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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

In Each Moment

We should not treat an ideal or reality as something desirable or something not satisfactory. We should accept ideal as ideal, and reality as reality. So, even though our practice is not perfect, we should accept it, without rejecting ideals. How to do that is to live in each moment. In each moment we include reality and ideals. Everything is included in each moment. There’s no other way to be satisfied with what we have in each moment. That is the only approach to the ideal.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-29 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.

Each Moment Is the Universe by Dainin Katagiri