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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Questions

Bill Shurtleff: Docho Roshi, the sound of the water in the stream seems to wash away all of the questions that I had. The questions still come, but they seem to flow away. Trying to hold a question and to give it a form keeps me from hearing your words this morning and from hearing the sound of the stream. It feels strange for me to be without a question, and so I just like to thank you for your wisdom, and for your kindness in being here with us today.


SR: Yeah. People listen, and talk. In this way, everything is going. Like an electric lamp, the current is always going back and forth. It looks very certain, but it is not, you know. Actually it is not as we see it. So the moment we appear, we vanish. We will still practice always. That is our life. That is everything-- how everything exists, and that is how Sambhogakaya Buddha exists. So when we understand our life in that way, there is no problem at all.

Bill: Thank you very much. 
       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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