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Monday, November 7, 2022

Participate in Nature

Rikyu, the founder of the tea ceremony, would sweep his garden, and he appreciated falling leaves on a well swept garden. If the purpose of sweeping a garden is to get rid of leaves, why did he appreciate them on a well swept garden? Leaves on a well cleaned garden and leaves in the mountains are not the same. The feeling is quite different. We are also a part of nature, and we should participate in nature. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.