‘Even the name of Buddhism is already a dirty spot on our practice. What is important is not the teaching, but the character or effort of the student. Even to seek for enlightenment means your mind is not big enough. You are not sincere enough because you have some purpose in your study. And the desire to accomplish something or even to propagate Buddhism is not pure enough.’ (Not Always So)
At times Suzuki Roshi does not shy away from emphasising ‘no attainment’ in a way that may have baffled his students. Of course we need to get ourselves on the cushion in the first place, but then we have to throw away the ideas that got us there.