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Monday, May 10, 2021

Deep Breathing

Student D: In the beginning of my practice of zazen it was suggested that I count my breaths. Are there other methods I could use? Should I just experiment around with different ways.

SR: Yeah. For instance, maybe, you know-- usually our breathing is very shallow. If you do shallow breathing always, you know, it create problem. So I say take deeper breaths. You should try to make your breathing deeper. Hai.
             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-15 - 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.