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Monday, January 29, 2024

A Silly Mistake

I am not emphasizing the Soto way instead of the Rinzai way, but as long as you practice zazen in Zen Center, you should practice Zen Center’s way, or else you will be involved in personal practice. You will be carving your own dragon, always, thinking this is the true dragon. That is a silly [laughs] mistake. You shouldn’t create this kind of problem for your practice.

Original artwork by Karen Hamilton for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-12-B as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.