from ‘Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind’ (in ‘Not Always So’, by Shunryu Suzuki)

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“There is no need for you to remember what I say. If you stick to it, you stick to the support, not the tree itself. A tree, when it is strong, may still want some support, but the most important thing is the tree itself, not the support.
I am one tree, and each of you is a tree. You should stand up by yourself.

[…] When you sit [zazen], you are independent from various beings, and you are related to various beings. And when you have perfect composure in your practice, you include everything. You are not just you. You are the whole world or the whole cosmos, and you are a Buddha. So when you sit, you are an ordinary human, and you are Buddha”

from ‘Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind’ (in ‘Not Always So’, by Shunryu Suzuki)

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