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Saturday, September 23, 2023


The Zen school was established without depending on any particular teaching. So, Zen students use various scriptures. We do not say this is the most important scripture or this is not so important. Whatever the teaching may be, that teaching will help at least someone. It may not be for all of them, but it will help someone. So, it is like medicine. For some patients some particular prescription is necessary, but we cannot say this is a better prescription or this is not so good. If you use it in an appropriate way, that is the test of a prescription.

—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.