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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Continuing from Yesterday's Time talk

Student: Well then how do you interpret change? Or is there change, at all?

==Suzuki: Didn’t I explain about time? I thought I did. Time is something continuously change. And time is something -- idea of time is some continuous -- idea of continuity. And at the same time, idea of discontinuity.

When I say it is thirty-five past nine, time is idea of discontinuity. It is going [laughs], but we say it is thirty-seven minutes after nine. We cannot say so, but if we cannot say so, there is no reason why we have [laughs] a clock. When we use clock, we have the idea of time, and the idea of discontinuity of time. But actually, it is going, so time is idea of continuity. So, time is something is idea of continuity and discontinuity. So, you understand one reality in two ways: continuity and discontinuity, which is, you know, a pair of opposite ideas and contradict each other. So, in contradiction, you know, there is reality. So, to enjoy our life you need to have your past and future as your own. But each time you have your past and future, maybe past in this moment will be the same, but we are independent.             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 68-07-23 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) lecture tapes. 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. Go to for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo