Suzuki-roshi on Sewing and Wearing Buddhist Robes and how it Relates to Our Practice

19 June. 1971 San Francisco Zen Center

Last Saturday I told you that. whatever religion you belong to, it doesn’t matter when you come to sit with us. That is because our way of sitting, of practice, is for you to become yourself. Katagiri Roshi always says, “to settle oneself on oneself.’ To be yourself. When you become you, yourself at that moment your practice includes everything. Whatever there is. it is a part of you. So you practice with Buddha. you practice with Bodhidharma and you practice with Jesus. You practice with everyone in the future or in past. That, is our practice- But when you do not become yourself, it doesn’t happen in that way.

So if you come here and sit with us, you’re not only sitting with us, but you are also sitting with everything, including animate and inanimate beings. Dogen Zenji said, if your practice doesn’t include everything, that is not real practice.

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