Suzuki Roshi

‘Zazen practice and everyday activity are one thing. We call zazen everyday life, and everyday life zazen. But usually we think, “Now zazen is over, and we will go about our everyday activity.” But this is not the right understanding. They are the same thing. We have nowhere to escape. So in activity there should be calmness, and in calmness there should be activity.’ (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind)

Nowhere to escape might seem like bad news, but it seems to me that trying to escape whatever reality is offering us is usually the cause of suffering, not relief.

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