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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Accurate Understanding

To have a kind of accurate understanding of ourselves is very important. It is the same thing as with a clock. To know it is ten past nine is very important. But actually, there is no such time [laughs]. It is not ten past nine. When I am saying something, it will be eleven past nine. I am pointing at something which is non-verbal. We say “just to sit,” but this “just to sit” is extra, you know.

—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.