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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Talk About Emptiness

It is interesting to talk about emptiness, you know [laughs, laughter]. Whatever you say, that is emptiness. If you have a good friend, you can talk about the emptiness whenever you like [laughs]. Whatever you say, that is emptiness [laughs, laughter]. And you can enjoy the discussion of emptiness. But that is not the emptiness we mean. But this kind of understanding helps our study, of course. And we shouldn’t say, you should not write or say anything about Buddhism.

Anthropologist Maud Oaks with Shunryu Suzuki on dining room deck at Tassajara for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-08-25 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.