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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Like Water

Our practice is like water. Water is necessary for everyone. Even though wine or lemon juice tastes good, or ice cream is good [laughs], if you always take ice cream or lemon juice, you cannot survive. So, you should not forget water. Our practice is like water. People are liable to forget why water is so important. You can find it everywhere. So you do not appreciate water so much. But if you forget water, you will eventually get into some trouble. You should not forget water.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-21 - 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 Liz Hecker