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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

A Suggestion

I want to talk about the famous koan between Nansen and his disciple Joshu. “Everyday Mind Is Dao.” I think you may know that koan. A koan is not something to explain. Why we talk about it is to give some suggestion about how to practice zazen. It is a suggestion. We don’t talk about what a koan means directly. We give you just a suggestion, and according to the introduction or suggestion, you work on the koan. That is how we explain koans and how you listen to koans.

Calligraphy by Michael Wenger for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-10 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.