Zen Frog

26 Mar


“All of you are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement.”

– Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 – 1971)


Teachings on non-duality can be challenging to appreciate and understand.  Non-duality, essentially, means not two.  The quote above by Suzuki-roshi speaks to the non-dulaistic nature of our spiritual path.  Yes, we are perfect right here and now in the present moment.  And yes, we could all use a little work!  It’s not one OR the other, it’s both happening at the same time!

It is a waste of our precious time to think, judge, speak, and act in such a way that perpetuates a one-pointed view of life.  It is unwise to separate life into right OR wrong, black OR white, happy OR sad, this OR that.  Life is not two.  Life is one.  Life is comprised of right AND wrong, black AND white, happy AND sad, this AND that.  All matters of life, regardless of what it is, are interconnected, inseparable from life itself.

There is no two.  There is only one.





Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Everyday Practice


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4 responses to “Zen Frog

  1. viewpacific

    March 26, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Imagining two makes comparisons easier. That may not always serve us, though.

  2. rawmissoula

    March 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I really enjoyed this posting, and the quote is fantastic!

  3. timscheffer96

    March 27, 2014 at 2:37 am

    This really reminded me that everything is going on right now, everything happens at the same time. It’s so incredibly logical that it got me thinking, but I feel like more people should stop and think about this for a second!
    Loved the article, the size of it, the quote and everything!

  4. goingoutwordsandinwords

    March 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Thank you all for posting friends :) I really like the quote as well, it’s one of my favorites.


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