Suzuki Roshi

‘We say we have two kinds of knowledge: intuitive knowledge, and thinking, discriminating knowledge. The scientific knowledge and the philosophical knowledge is the dualistic thinking knowledge. As long as we use words and we think by words, it is impossible to reach the absolute conclusion. When we just resume to our own nature, which is universal to everyone, we can achieve – we can realize – our true nature, which is universal to human being and even for animals and plants and everything – existence. And that is why in Zen practice we stop our mind. We do not put any consideration to our sensitivity or thinking. Whatever image come, you just accept it and let them go out. [Laughs.] And whatever sound you hear, you let them come in and let them go out. When you do not pay any attention to outward objects, you will find out your true nature.’ (from the Suzuki Roshi archives, the oldest talk that has audio to go with it)

It seems only appropriate to post something from Suzuki Roshi on the anniversary of his death.

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