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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

"Before enlightenment, we should attain enlightenment."

If our community expands, we will have big problems. I’m sure you will say, it’s better not to [laughs]. Before you say so, you should think why [laughs]. Why is this a problem for me? The more I think about this point, the more I find out why Dogen Zenji put emphasis on shikantaza. He says: “First of all, before we practice zazen, in delusion we should set up our pure way of practice. Before enlightenment, we should attain enlightenment.”

Drawing by Stan White for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-12-A as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.