Monday, 27 June 2016

Shunryu Suzuki

                Most of the early literature about Zen in the west focused on Rinzai Zen, which emphasized the importance of attaining awakening or kensho. Shunryu Suzuki, who established the San Francisco Zen Center, taught Soto Zen, where the emphasis is less on attainment than on practice. When one of the students at SFZC had a profound experience which he believed to be the kensho so assiduously sought by Rinzai students, he came to Suzuki and asked, “How can I maintain this insight?”
                “Don’t worry about it,” Suzuki told him. “Just continue with your zazen; it will go away.”

[Shunryu Suzuki – The Third Step East: 125-44; 9, 20, 86, 90, 102, 105, 107, 152, 167, 168, 169, 201, 217, 220-22, 224, 225, 226, 229, 233]

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