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Tuesday, May 7, 2024


I think you may not like zazen so much, but [laughs] you think it is good, so you practice. But you may not realize how much progress you’re making in your zazen practice. Some may, but most of you don’t, I’m afraid. But that is all right. This kind of experience is not just reading or listening to lectures but is something which you experience, both physically and spiritually, without thinking about it, without trying to find out the meaning of it. It is beyond our intellectual understanding, to practice our way without any gaining idea. To practice our way is valuable, and you will have real power of digesting things.

Farewell Party for Nanao Sakaki for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.