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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

No Trace

Student [Bill Shurtleff]: Docho Roshi, you have said, “Just listen to the Dharma.” And you have said, “The instant the ‘I’ appears, it vanishes.” When you speak, to whom am I listening? When I speak, to whom are you listening? When thoughts seem to speak, to whom are we listening? When the stream seems to speak, to what are we listening

SR: To listen to Dharma; to speak about Dharma—all of those practices should be Buddha’s practice, which will continue forever without leaving any trace of them. You should not try to follow the trace of it. Just let them go and let them come. 

Bill Shurtleff: As a person speaks to us each day? 

SR: You should react with single-mindedness. But don’t leave any trace of it. for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-09-00 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.