Shunryu Suzuki Quotes

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Shunryu Suzuki quotes: But as long as you think you are practicing zazen for the sake of something, that is not true practice. But as long as you think you are practicing zazen for the sake of something, that is not true practice.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Just continue in your calm, ordinary practice and your character will be built up. Just continue in your calm, ordinary practice and your character will be built up.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink. Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: From True Emptiness The Wondrous Being Appears From True Emptiness The Wondrous Being Appears
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: A tiger does not ignore or slight any small animal. The way he catches a mouse and catches and devours a cow are the same. A tiger does not ignore or slight any small animal. The way he catches a mouse and catches and devours a cow are the same.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves. We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: A master who cannot bow to his disciple cannot bow to Buddha. A master who cannot bow to his disciple cannot bow to Buddha.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: When you sit, everything sits with you. When you sit, everything sits with you.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Discipline is creating the situation. Discipline is creating the situation.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: If I tell you something, you will stick to it and limit your own capacity to find out for yourself. If I tell you something, you will stick to it and limit your own capacity to find out for yourself.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: If you receive things just as an echo of yourself, you do not really see them, you do not fully accept them as they are. If you receive things just as an echo of yourself, you do not really see them, you do not fully accept them as they are.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: There is no particular way in true practice. You should find your own way, and you should know what kind of practice you have right now. There is no particular way in true practice. You should find your own way, and you should know what kind of practice you have right now.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: There is no gap between the ignorant and the wise. A foolish person is a wise person; a wise person is a foolish person. There is no gap between the ignorant and the wise. A foolish person is a wise person; a wise person is a foolish person.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Even when you practice zazen alone, without a teacher, I think you will find some way to tell whether your practice is adequate or not. Even when you practice zazen alone, without a teacher, I think you will find some way to tell whether your practice is adequate or not.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Our way is not to sit to acquire something; it is to express our true nature. That is our practice. Our way is not to sit to acquire something; it is to express our true nature. That is our practice.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: In our practice we have no particular purpose or goal, nor any special object of worship. In our practice we have no particular purpose or goal, nor any special object of worship.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Each one of us must make his own true way, and when we do, that way will express the universal way. Each one of us must make his own true way, and when we do, that way will express the universal way.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Tai Shimano visited Shunryu Suzuki. "How are you feeling these days?" Suzuki replied, "They have a new name for me: Cancer!" Tai Shimano visited Shunryu Suzuki. "How are you feeling these days?" Suzuki replied, "They have a new name for me: Cancer!"
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment. To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Time goes from present to past. Time goes from present to past.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: The best way to control cow and sheep is to give them a big grazing field. The best way to control cow and sheep is to give them a big grazing field.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: There is no need to have a deep understanding of Zen. There is no need to have a deep understanding of Zen.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Those who can sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen, the actual feeling of Zen, the marrow of Zen. Those who can sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen, the actual feeling of Zen, the marrow of Zen.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: To live is enough. To live is enough.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality. Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the experts, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all possibilities. The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the experts, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all possibilities.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: How much 'ego' do you need? Just enough so that you don't step in front of a bus. How much 'ego' do you need? Just enough so that you don't step in front of a bus.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity. Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two and one.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: You should rather be grateful for the weeds, because eventually they will enrich your practice. You should rather be grateful for the weeds, because eventually they will enrich your practice.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: People who know the state of emptiness will always be able to dissolve their problems by constancy. People who know the state of emptiness will always be able to dissolve their problems by constancy.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: 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. 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.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Our way to practice is one step at a time, on breath at a time. Our way to practice is one step at a time, on breath at a time.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Instead of respecting things, we want to use them for ourselves and if it is difficult to use them, we want to conquer them. Instead of respecting things, we want to use them for ourselves and if it is difficult to use them, we want to conquer them.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: 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. 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.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Hell is not punishment, it's training. Hell is not punishment, it's training.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Even though it is midnight, dawn is here; even though dawn comes, it is nighttime. Even though it is midnight, dawn is here; even though dawn comes, it is nighttime.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?"Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason. A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?"
Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: When we realize the everlasting truth of "everything changes" and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana. When we realize the everlasting truth of "everything changes" and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: If it is raining out, do not walk fast, because it is raining everywhere. If it is raining out, do not walk fast, because it is raining everywhere.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: If you take pride in your attainment or become discouraged because of your idealistic effort, your practice will confine you by a thick wall. If you take pride in your attainment or become discouraged because of your idealistic effort, your practice will confine you by a thick wall.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: You must be true to your own way until at last you actually come to the point where you see it is necessary to forget all about yourself. You must be true to your own way until at last you actually come to the point where you see it is necessary to forget all about yourself.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: It must be obvious ... that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. It must be obvious ... that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: TRANSIENCY We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence. TRANSIENCY We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: It is necessary to remember what we have done, but we should not become attached to what we have done in some special sense. It is necessary to remember what we have done, but we should not become attached to what we have done in some special sense.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: You will always exist in the universe in one form or another. You will always exist in the universe in one form or another.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Concentration comes not from trying hard to focus on something, but from keeping your mind open and directing it at nothing. Concentration comes not from trying hard to focus on something, but from keeping your mind open and directing it at nothing.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body. To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: When we become truly ourselves, we just become a swinging door, and we are purely independent of, and at the same time, dependent upon everything. When we become truly ourselves, we just become a swinging door, and we are purely independent of, and at the same time, dependent upon everything.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Everything you do is right, nothing you do is wrong, yet you must still make ceaseless effort. Everything you do is right, nothing you do is wrong, yet you must still make ceaseless effort.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: There will always be war, but we must always work to oppose it. There will always be war, but we must always work to oppose it.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: In your very imperfections you will find the basis for your firm, way-seeking mind. In your very imperfections you will find the basis for your firm, way-seeking mind.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: The more you practice zazen, the more you will be able to accept something as your own, whatever it is. The more you practice zazen, the more you will be able to accept something as your own, whatever it is.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: We have to study with our warm heart, not just with our brain. We have to study with our warm heart, not just with our brain.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: Let your ears hear without trying to hear. Let the mind think without trying to think and without trying to stop it. That is practice. Let your ears hear without trying to hear. Let the mind think without trying to think and without trying to stop it. That is practice.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: We ourselves cannot put any magic spells on this world. The world is its own magic. We ourselves cannot put any magic spells on this world. The world is its own magic.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: To renounce things is not to give them up. It is to acknowledge that all things go away. To renounce things is not to give them up. It is to acknowledge that all things go away.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: A Master who cannot bow to a disciple cannot bow to Buddha. A Master who cannot bow to a disciple cannot bow to Buddha.
Shunryu Suzuki quotes: When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself. When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.