when to meditate

Saigo Takamori (upper right) directing his tro...
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From the beginning it’s best to do zazen in the midst of strife and confusion. A samurai, in particular, must be able to do zazen while uttering his battle cry. Guns are firing, lances are flying, and amidst the confusion , you send up a battle cry. It’s here that you can clearly make good use of your practice. What use can there be for a zazen requiring a quiet place? However appealing Buddhist teachings may be, the samurai should throw away anything he can’t use when the moment for his battle cry arrives.

-Suzuki Shosan


One thought on “when to meditate”

  1. “There is a time for everything under heaven…
    A time to sow, a time to reap, a time to heal, a time for war, a time for peace…

    Pete Seeger sang about that and it was written a long time ago and in times as muddled and difficult as these…

    Great thoughts are never constrained by time and place, they merely sink and re-surface for our consideration, again and again and again…

    only the exact order of the words change from time to time.

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