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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Big Adjective

Student A: You said that there is some reason why people should apply a “big adjective” to the Buddha. What's the reason?

SR: Because when Buddhism was the teaching between Buddha and his followers, there was already a kind of poetry. For us, who actually do not know who Buddha is, he is just a historical character. But for his disciples, he was a greater than historical character. That was the reason.
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 from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-20 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC