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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Don’t think too much.

Student [Rick Morton]: Docho Roshi, I don’t understand what to do about the bad things I think about myself.

SR: Yeah. Maybe so. If you don’t do anything, still you don’t feel good.

Rick Morton: That’s correct.

SR: And if you do, you feel sometimes good, sometimes bad. So, this is a very difficult problem. Maybe the only way to get out of it is to practice zazen sometimes, and to do some special work sometimes. And you should make best effort in each moment. That is the only way. Don’t think too much. Thinking will not help you. 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.