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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Change Part of Our Practice

When you go to a Rinzai temple, you should be a new Rinzai student. And if you go to Japan, you should be a new student from America. You should forget all about what you have studied in America. Even though the fundamental practice is the same, we should practice the essential practice with a renewed feeling. This is important. To practice always with a new fresh feeling is rather difficult. So, it is necessary for us to change some part of our practice.

Shokokuji, Kyoto 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.