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How does Suzuki relate to the philosophy of Zen?

Suzuki believes that practice is much more important than the philosophy of Zen. He says it is blasphemous to study the philosophy without practice. Philosophy can inform practice, but if a student gets too entangled in the ideas of Zen, it can point a student in the wrong direction. From Suzuki’s perspective it is better to let go of Zen philosophy and just sit.

What is the most important part of Zen practice, according to Suzuki?

According to Suzuki, sitting in zazen is the most important part of Zen practice. This includes sitting with a straight spine, holding one’s hands correctly in what Suzuki call the cosmic mudra, and paying attention to one’s breath. Over and over, Suzuki counsels his students to just sit.

Who does Suzuki quote the most in his talks? Why is this important?

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