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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Just Sit

You are nothing. That is the other side of true experience. Then there is no problem, no danger. But if you try to identify yourself with some experience, in terms of right or wrong, perfect or imperfect, there is danger. So, the best way is to identify yourself with nothing, no form, or no teaching. Just sit. That is why we call it shikantaza, or just sit, with no purpose of sitting, without trying to do anything.

—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.