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Thursday, January 4, 2024


Dogen Zenji says, “Don’t practice your way as if you were a blind man trying to figure out what an elephant is.” A real elephant is not a trunk or rope or fan or wall. But a blind man may think an elephant is like a wall or rope or trunk. But a real elephant is none of those. Over and over, we have to start our zazen because we are always liable to practice zazen like a blind man.

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