Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

1905 - 1971

A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on belief, dogma, skepticism, ego, and buddhism


I have discovered that it is necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no color - something which exists before all forms and colors appear.  This is a very important point.  No matter what god or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centered idea...  In constantly seeking to actualize your ideal, you will have no time for composure.  But if you are always prepared for accepting everything we see as something appearing from nothing... then at that moment you will have perfect composure.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on darkness

At high noon or in the dark moonless night there is a light. Can you see it? And, by the way, who are you?

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on emptiness, mind, and possibility

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)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on justice and world

When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world. When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world. The inner world is limitless, and the outer world is also limitless. We say "inner world" or "outer world" but actually, There is just one whole world.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on emptiness, inclusion, mind, originality, and possibility

In Japan we have the phrase, "Shoshin," which means "beginner's mind." Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. 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)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on mind and possibility

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on good

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When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on feeling

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Tai Shimano visited Shunryu Suzuki. "How are you feeling these days?" Suzuki replied, "They have a new name for me: Cancer!"

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on kindness and zen

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on acceptance, change, difficulty, facts, suffering, and truth

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

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