Rev. Suzuki lecture
January 12, 1967
Don’t try to stop the thinking when you are practicing zazen. Let it stop. If something comes into your mind let it come and let it go out. It will not stay long. But if you try to stop it, it means you are bothered by it. Don’t be bothered by anything. Actually we say something comes from outside, but it is…actually it is the waves of your mind, so wave cannot be…will stay…will become more and more calm. So in five minutes or at most ten minutes your mind will be completely serene and calm. At that time your breathing becomes pretty slow, while your pulse of your hand becomes a little bit faster. We don’t know why, but if you will check your pulse (you, yourself cannot do it but it appears in that way). It takes pretty long time before you get calm, serene mind in your practice, but even though you have waves in your mind that is waves in your own mind. Nothing comes out from out here. Nothing can bother…nothing can cause any trouble for your mind. You make your mind disturbed…bothered by…you make waves of your mind. So if you don’t…if you let it as it is your mind will be calm. Usually our mind expects something from outside…our mind is ready to accept something from outside, but that is not true understanding of our mind. According to our understanding, mind includes everything. Nothing comes from outside. Our mind has everything, and when you think something comes from outside it means your mind…in your mind something appears. In this way you accept things. If your mind is related to some other things, that mind is small mind, limited mind.