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Monday, October 16, 2023


Those masters who understand the Soto way, instead of “just to sit,” they may give you the mu koan. What is mu? Just to sit is mu [laughs]. There is no difference. And just to sit will be various kinds of koans, actually. So, there may be thousands of koans for us. If you can sit shikantaza, it includes various powers of practice. And this is the direct way to enlightenment, or renunciation, or nirvana—whatever you say.

—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.