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Monday, May 20, 2024

Be a Beginner

After I had stayed at Sojiji more than a year, one day my master appeared, and after talking with me for ten minutes: “Maybe it’s time for you to leave Sojiji” [laughter]. And he always put emphasis on Dogen Zenji’s beginner’s mind. You should always be a beginner, your whole life you should be a beginner. It means you should not stick to an old type of practice, or any kind of practice, and you should always be a new student.

Suzuki’s master, Gyokujun So-on for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.