Suzuki Roshi

‘Usually, when you do something, you want to achieve something, you attach to some result. From achievement to non-achievement means to be rid of the unnecessary and bad results of effort. If you do something in the spirit of non-achievement, there is good quality in it. So just to do something without any particular effort is enough. When you make some special effort to achieve something, some excessive quality, some extra element is involved in it. You should get rid of excessive things. If your practice is good, without being aware of it you will become proud of your practice. That pride is extra. What you do is good, but something more is added to it. So you should get rid of that thing which is extra. This point is very, very important, but usually we are not subtle enough to realize it, and we go in the wrong direction.’ (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind)

This paragraph illuminates for me what I was saying about Lou yesterday.

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