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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Everyday Life

If Zen is a practice for just learned scholars, or for just men of great spiritual ability, Zen will not help people. Actually Soto Zen in Japan, we put emphasis on our everyday life, not only zazen practice but also everyday life, thinking everyday life is a kind of Zen practice. Only just to help others, whether they can practice zazen or not. Try and help people by all means.

—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.

Shunryu Suzuki with young women's study group c. 1947