I have been reading “Not Always So” by Suzuki Roshi and
found some interesting words on Time.
They go along with what I have been working with for the past years but
with a slightly different slant.
From Suzuki Roshi, page 8,
“When you live
completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of
time. When you are involved in an
idea of time – today, tomorrow, or next year – selfish practice begins. When you are faithful to the dharma
position you are in or faithful to the work that you are doing right now, your
true being is there. This is very
Without any idea of
time, your practice goes on and on.
Moment after moment you become you yourself…….The way to extend your
practice is to expose yourself as you are, without trying to be someone else. When you are very honest with yourself
and brave enough, you can express yourself fully.
Our way is not to
criticize others but to know and appreciate them. If you continue practicing together, and your mind is big
enough to expose yourself and to accept others, naturally you will become good
We can extend this
practice to city life and be good friends with one another. This is not difficult when you decide
to be honest with yourself and express yourself fully, without expecting
anything. Just being
yourself and being ready to understand others is how to extend your practice
into everyday life.”
I am moved by Suzuki Roshi’s emphasis on being completely
yourself in the present moment.
That means we welcome any and all conditions within and without. We
accept what our karma is bringing up.
Radical Acceptance. When we
stop fighting or wishing to change things, we settle into the self. We can also feel our true being is right here!
Suzuki Roshi says that we have to be brave and honest with ourselves
and to accept others.
That goes along with the precept: See the
perfection. Do not speak of
others’ errors or faults. I am
teaching the precepts again now and still I think I’m such a long way from
learning to live the kind of life which doesn’t speak of others’ errors or
faults. I laugh, I would have to
change entirely the way I speak.
But I have taken this vow, and I will bring my awareness to it.
To be “settled into the self” is to live life in this
radical acceptance- each moment is
its own life and I can show up for it without evaluation or expectation. Without any idea of time, I can show up
for the perfection of the moment and show up for my true self which includes
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