Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness

I just finished reading Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness.


Here is an excerpt, don’t cling to it:

We study Buddhism like this, just as we arrange our food in different dishes and appreciate its color and form. But eventually we must eat it, and then there is no teaching whatsoever. When you actually eat it, there is no teacher or disciple; there is no Buddha or Christ.

How to eat is out practice. We are fortunate that even though we chew things up and mix them together, we also know how to analyze them in various ways, and we know what we have been doing. To analyze your psychology or your practice is important, but that is the shadow of your practice, not the practice itself.

Shunryu Suzuki

I have come by a copy of Dogen’s Extensive Record. That may keep me busy for a while.

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