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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Monkey Mind Buddha

When you have a gaining idea, when you want to have a calm serene mind, you will be discouraged by [laughs] your monkey mind. But when you have no gaining idea, when you just sit and accept it, then monkey mind is Tenryu’s one finger. So moment after moment, various buddhas will appear in your practice. Monkey mind is, in that case, monkey-minded buddha: not just ordinary monkey mind, that is monkey mind buddha. for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-12-A as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.