Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

1905 - 1971

A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on zen and pride

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If your practice is good, you may become proud of it. What you do is good, but something more is added to it. Pride is extra. Right effort is to get rid of something extra.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Begginer's Mind

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on buddha

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If you want to read a letter from the Buddha's world, it is necessary to understand Buddha's world.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Letters from Emptiness

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on perfect, imrovement, perfection, shunryu, suzuki, and suzuki-roshi

All of you are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: "Practicing Peace in Times of War" by Pema Chodron, p. 31

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on beginners mind and shoshin

As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryu_Suzuki#Quotations

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on perfection, changing the world, and now

Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: http://www.rochesterunitarian.org/1996-97/970427.html

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on zen and mind

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For Zen students the most important thing is not to be dualistic. Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on zen, mind, and compassion

In the beginner's mind there is no thought, "I have attained something." All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something. The beginner's mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless. Dogen-zenji, the founder of our school, always emphasized how important it is to resume our boundless original mind. Then we are always true to ourselves, in sympathy with all beings, and can actually practice.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on zen, practice, mind, and enlightenment

So the most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner's mind. There is no need to have a deep understanding of Zen. Even though you read much Zen literature, you must read each sentence with a fresh mind. You should not say, "I know what Zen is," or "I have attained enlightenment." This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner. Be very very careful about this point. If you start to practice zazen, you will begin to appreciate your beginner's mind. It is the secret of Zen practice.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on zen and mind

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In Japan we have the phrase shoshin, which means "beginner's mind." The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner's mind. Suppose you recite the Prajna Paramita Sutra only once. It might be a very good recitation. But what would happen to you if you recited it twice, three times, four times, or more? You might easily lose your original attitude towards it. The same thing will happen in your other Zen practices. For a while you will keep your beginner's mind, but if you continue to practice one, two, three years or more, although you may improve some, you are liable to lose the limitless meaning of original mind.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on self-awareness, self-improvement, and self-acceptance

You are perfect as you are, and you could use a little work.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Tricycle

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