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Monday, September 18, 2023

“We are ornaments of it”

I was talking with a guest, and she had a very good understanding. I was amazed [laughter]. We had been talking about thirty minutes, standing under a trellis. She said, we are ornaments of “it,” instead of saying buddha-nature. First of all, she said, she was thinking about the word for buddha-nature. And she said “it”—we are tools of it. That was what she said—tools of it. And I said, “Yeah, maybe tools of it.” And, actually we say, “We are ornaments of it” [laughs].

—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.

Shunryu Suzuki and ? at Marian Derby's Los Altos Hills home c.1964