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On 9/5/2014 5:16 PM, Luke wrote:
Subject: Suzuki quote and internet arguing
Dear Mr Chadwick,
This quote was posted on the Soto Zen Facebook page.
"If it's not paradoxical, it's not true."
And attributed to Shunryu Suzuki.
Some people decided it was fake, but it is referenced in "Zen is right here":
"A student remembers a lecture where Suzuki Roshi said, "If it's not paradoxical, it's not true."
This caused many people to state that it must have been translated incorrectly or just be wrongly remembered.
Any thoughts on this?
Sorry to bother you with something so trivial.
Good for you.
In the first place, it wasn't translated. He said it in English. Shunryu Suzuki only taught in English unless he was speaking to native Japanese speakers. In the 2nd, it's typical Suzuki - quite representative.
Incidentally, there IS a page for bogus Shunryu quotes.
I'm going to link to this letter from there and I just thought of another story I could add.
I just went to shunryusuzuki.com and searched for "paradox" and came up with a dozen or so lectures. Maybe I'll make a list of such quotes to post on cuke.com but for now anyone can do it for themselves there by using the nifty site search function in the New Search Form. I'd be pleased if someone put together a collection of what he had to say that includes the word "paradox."
Bother me anytime. I love trivia.