Suzuki Roshi

‘We are Buddha. This is rather difficult to accept. So we say, Zen Buddhism is very easy to understand intellectually. It is not difficult to understand, but it is difficult to believe in it completely. We cannot accept ourselves as Buddha. This is very difficult point. But intellectually each one of us is Buddha. That […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘So I think we have so many students here, but I don’t know how many of you will stay with us. I don’t know how many. If you have good reason to stay here you will stay. But if you haven’t got much reason, I don’t know. What I am saying right now is when […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘Our way of observing things is based on view of being and non-being, both.  And we know that view of being is too naive, and view of non-being is too … logical.  Or too critical.  Or view of—true view of life should be both.  View of being and view of non-being.  This is our way. […]

What I Think About When I Am Running

Since I had a lot of free time over the Christmas and New Year period, I had anticipated getting a lot of exercise – of course it did not turn out like that. First of all I spent a couple of days at a friend’s house, with neither bike nor running shoes, and the weather […]

Which Way To Turn

If anyone is interested or curious, I tend to write a whole bunch of blog posts at a time, on mornings when I don’t have anything else scheduled. These often feel like precious mornings, not just because I don’t have to rush anywhere, but because they allow me to enter a mood of study and […]

Suzuki Roshi

‘So if you think enlightenment is just a personal experience, this idea of enlightenment is like collecting only square stones or only round stones. If someone likes beautiful stones, in which you can see something blue and something white, if that is his enlightenment, he will keep collecting the same stones. But with so many […]

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 […]