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Friday, August 11, 2023


How we get out of suffering is to have wisdom, to see things as it is. By your thinking that is not possible. But when you think from various angles, then thinking will help. If you want to have sudden enlightenment, you should fight it out. And if you do not want to feel that you are fooled by something, then you should strive for it little by little according to your wisdom or thinking. Sometimes by wisdom we mean wisdom followed by teaching. And wisdom sometimes is direct understanding, but to have direct contact with reality is wisdom.

—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.