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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Idea Is Idea Buddha

When we were young, we used to discuss about a bodhisattva’s way to save others before we saved ourselves. What does it mean? Is it possible to save others before we save ourselves? That kind of thing. And what is the goal of practice, and what is idea and what is reality. And reality cannot be ideas. And practice will be a bridge to reality from ideas. These were the kinds of discussions we had. But according to Dogen Zenji, practice is practice buddha, reality is reality buddha, idea is idea buddha [laughs].

—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.

Suzuki is between first and seconds rows from the front. Probably at Soto prep school, Tokyo.