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Saturday, August 19, 2023

Recite Sutras with Your Ears

When we observe one thing together, we should forget our own practice. When we practice something with people, it is partly each individual’s practice and it is also others’ practice. So, we say, recite sutras with your ears [laughs]. Ears are to listen to some others chanting. So, with my mouth we practice our practice, and with my ears we listen to others’ practice. So, here we have complete egolessness in its true sense.

—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.

Oryoki at Tassajara, 1967