Suzuki Roshi

life lessons from Suzuki Roshi

you’re perfect as you are and you could use some improvement.

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as soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. as soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.

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for zen students the most important thing is not to be dualistic. our “original mind” includes everything within itself. it is always rich and sufficient within itself. you should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. this does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. if your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.

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when we inhale, the air comes into the inner world. when we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world. the inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless. we say “inner world” or “outer world” but actually there is just one whole world.

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when you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.

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without expecting some special experience you should devote yourself fully in your practice.

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as long as we have some definite idea about or some hope in the future, we cannot really be serious with the moment that exists right now.

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                 life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out and sink.

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