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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

By Mistake

Before you enter the zendo, you should attain enlightenment [laughs]. Do you understand? Dogen said, “If you enter a zendo by mistake, you should go out.” [Laughs.] If you want to enter a zendo, you should be really prepared for practicing pure practice. “By mistake” [laughs]—isn’t it interesting? I think almost all of you entered the zendo by mistake [laughs, laughter]. If so, take a rest in our Zen apartment across the street, and come back again [laughs].

Apartment building at 340 Page Street, San Francisco 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.