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Excerpts from Shunryu Suzuki lectures - 2014-5
[laughs] = Suzuki laughs [laughter] = students laugh

Talking about Unrelated Stuff

If you sit zazen you are not thinking anything. You are not watching anything. Your focus is four, five feet ahead, but actually we are not watching anything. Just focus is there. Even though many ideas come, we do not think, you know. It comes in and goes out, that's all. We do not entertain various ideas. We do not serve [laughs] food or anything. If they come in, okay, and if they go out, okay [laughs]. That's all [laughs]. That is zazen, you know. When we are in that condition-- when we have this kind of mind, our mind actually includes everything. Even though you do not try to include everything, actually everything is in your mind.


And another thing I must tell you is we do not talk about things which have no relationship with ourselves. We do not think, we do not get concerned about-- we do not expect something which may exist, you know, beyond our reach. Whatever we talk about, it is, you know-- the moment we talk about it, it is within our mind.


So everything, you know, all the thing is in our mind. But usually, you think there are many things, and we are thinking about this and this and this. In cosmic world, there may be many and many stars. But we can reach right now only the moon. In a few years we will reach some other stars. So eventually we will reach to some other constellation [laughs]. But, you know, we do not think in that way.

From 70-06-03, Sandokai lecture IV. For more go to this entry on the Suzuki lecture archive found on Shunryu Suzuki dot com. - Edited by DC, posted 1-16-15