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Friday, November 17, 2023

Middle Way

We have been studying the same thing [laughs], over and over again—sometimes by the Prajnaparamita Sutra, sometimes by the five ranks, sometimes by the ten powers. But actually, these are various explanations of zazen power. If you extend our understanding, you will understand everything in the most meaningful and adequate way. That is called the “middle way,” the most appropriate way. And you will do something which is necessary when it is necessary, in the most adequate, appropriate way [laughs]. This is a very difficult practice. Someone who can do things in this way is a good priest [laughs], a good student. for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-08-25 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.