Suzuki Roshi

‘And we are almost reaching to the moon now, but we cannot, you know, create human being in its true sense. We can create robot, but we cannot create human being. Human being is human being. We can enjoy our life only with our limited body and limited life. This limitation is vital element for us. Without limitation nothing exist, so we should enjoy the limitation. Weak body, strong body; man or woman. We should– the only way to enjoy our life is to enjoy the limitation which was given to us.’ (from the Suzuki Roshi archives)

This was a talk from the spring of 1969. Later that summer he also spoke about the moon landing, and it is interesting to see how he emphasises that such innovations did nothing to alleviate the inherent basic suffering of the human condition.


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