He was born as the son of a Japanese Zen-Master 1905. When he was 30 years old he received the permission to teach students. During the second world war he was the leader of a pacifistic community in Japan. 1958 he moved to San Francisco to lead a Japanese Soto community. After just a short time his number of american supporters grew constantly (inter alia Steve Jobs) and so he decided to stay in the USA.
He founded two Zen centres in America and is known for making Zen Buddhism popular in the USA. Suzuki Shunryū died 1971 in San Francisco.
Here are some of my favourite quotes of him about happiness, mindfulness and death:
”The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.”
”You are perfect as you are and there is always room for improvement.”
”Leave your front door and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don’t serve them tea.”
”Things are always changing, so nothing can be yours.”
”When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time.”
”Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.”
”When you do not realize that you are one with the river, or one with the universe, you have fear. Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water. Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death anymore.”
”So for a period of time each day, try to sit, without moving, without expecting anything, as if you were in your last moment. Moment after moment you feel your last instant. In each inhalation and each exhalation there are countless instants of time. Your intention is to live in each instant.”
”Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.”
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