Quote Archives: Shunryu Suzuki

Nothing outside yourself can cause any trouble ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Nothing comes from outside your mind. Usually we think of our mind as receiving impressions and experiences from outside, but that is not a true understanding of our mind. The true understanding is that the mind includes everything; when you think something comes from outside it means only that something appears in your mind. Nothing […]

Bowing ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Bowing is a very important practice for diminishing our arrogance and egotism. It is not to demonstrate complete surrender to Buddha. This practice is to help get rid of our own selfishness Shunryu Suzuki

The awareness that you are here ~ Shunryu Suzuki

When you are sitting in the middle of your own problem, which is more real to you: your problem or you yourself? The awareness that you are here, right now, is the ultimate fact. Shunryu Suzuki

Empty and ready mind ~ Shunryu Suzuki

You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty and 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 […]

Trusting ourselves completely ~ Shunryu Suzuki

In short, we can say that we trust ourselves completely, without thinking, without feeling, without discriminating between good and bad, right and wrong. Because we respect ourselves, because we put faith in our life, we sit. Shunryu Suzuki

Our way of observing things ~ Shunryu Suzuki

It is because our way of observing things is deeply rooted in our self-centered ideas that we are disappointed when we find everything has only a tentative existence. But when we actually realize this truth, we will have no suffering. Shunryu Suzuki

Enlightened activity only ~ Shunryu Suzuki

There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity. Shunryu Suzuki