Shunryu Suzuki

A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on buddhism, self, teacher, and teaching

The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism, but to study ourselves. That is why we have teaching. But the teaching is not ourselves. It is some explanation of ourselves. To study the teaching is to know yourselves. That is why we do not ever attach to the teaching, or to the teacher. The moment you meet a teacher you should leave the teacher, and you should be independent. You want a teacher so that you can be independent. So you study yourselves. You have the teacher for yourselves, not for the teacher.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Crooked Cucumber

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on shunryu suzuki and crooked cucumber

This piece of incense
Which I have had for a long long time
I offer with no-hand
To my Master, to my friend, Suzuki Shunryu0daiosho,
The founder of these temples.
There is no measure of what you have done.
Walking with you in Buddha's gentle rain
Our robes are soaked through,
But on the lotus leaves
Not a drop remains.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Shunryu Suzuki, Crooked Cucumber

Contributed by: Louëlla

A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on movies, zen, buddhism, and beginners mind

If you want to enjoy the movie, you should know that it is the combination of film and light and white screen, and that the most important thing is to have a plain, white screen.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Our Everyday Life Is Like a Movie

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on shunryu suzuki, soto zen, and buddhism

Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well.

Shunryu Suzuki

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on buddhism and time

When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on understand, everything, and yourself

When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything.
The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Contributed by: Michael

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