nowhere to escape

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“We have nowhere to escape.”

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Shunryu Suzuki:

 

“We have nowhere to escape. So in activity there should be calmness, and in calmness there should be activity. Calmness and activity are not different.

“Each existence depends on something else. Strictly speaking, there are no separate individual existences. There are just many names for one existence.

“Sometimes people put stress on oneness, but this is not our understanding. We do not emphasize any point in particular, even oneness. Oneness is valuable, but variety is also wonderful. Ignoring variety, people emphasize the one absolute existence, but this is a one-sided understanding.

“In this understanding there is a gap between variety and oneness. But oneness and variety are the same thing, so oneness should be appreciated in each existence. That is why we emphasize everyday life rather than some particular state of mind. We should find the reality in each moment, and in each phenomenon. This is a very important point.”

source: Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, PDF p. 59

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