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Friday, August 25, 2023

Karma or Sin

I think there is some similarity of Christian sin and our idea of sin. Both for us and Christians, sin is something inevitable and impossible to get out of. This is the idea of karma or sin for us. And how to get out of it—the last answer is by our practice. But before we go to the last answer, where we have no idea of good or bad, sinful or not sinful, we have to go a pretty long way [laughs] in our practice. We should improve ourselves little by little. Even though you attain enlightenment in some sense, you cannot change your karma as long as you live here. So, we have a long way to go.

—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.

Photo by Judith Keenan