There Would Be No Way of Knowing

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Shunryu Suzuki, a Sōtō Zen monk and teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States, renowned for founding the first Zen Buddhist monastery outside Asia, once gave an entire dharma talk in four sentences (with only five different words): “Today is today. Today is not tomorrow. Today is not yesterday. Today is today.” With all that has happened, and all that may be to come, how can we sit in today? What is needed for today, and what isn’t needed for today? Let’s be together, in all of this, knowing that there could be no way of knowing what today will be. 


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