Suzuki Roshi

‘Our practice is not just effort. You come here and study or practice zazen so that you can understand what is Buddhism. I’m making an effort to give you some understanding of Zen. That is true. That is actually what we are doing here. I shall be very much disappointed if you come to zazen thinking, “Now I know what Buddhism is.” If you think there will be no need to practice zazen, to study Zen, I shall be very disappointed. I want you to come here even though you understand what Buddhism is. I am not selling you something, but I want you to be my customer. And I want to live with your support and I shall be very glad if you have some joy in practicing here. This is actually Buddhism. It is not a matter of enlightenment or understanding.’ (Genjo Koan – Three Commentaries)

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