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Saturday, September 30, 2023


If you think enlightenment is some particular thing which you can reach for or which you can attain, sometimes you will be discouraged. If you do not feel it’s possible to attain it, you will be discouraged. And you will give up the practice, and you will try to find some other teaching which is worthwhile to strive for. And so you will change from one way to another. Then you have no time to realize our true nature which is universal to everyone.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-24 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.