9 AM SESSHIN LECTURE
Friday, July 30, 1965
Soko-ji Temple, San Francisco
Tape operator: The sentence about “your mind” was in the meditation before breakfast, and beginning here is the instruction at nine o’clock Friday morning.
Suzuki-rōshi: I have to give the conclusion to my talk for this sesshin. The science or philosophy is like a dissection. It is possible to analyze what we did after we did something [1 word]. But it is already dead corpse [laughs]—dead corpse of our practice. So even though you analyze what you have done, it will not work. It will not help you so much. It is nearly the same as to count your lost child’s age [laughs]. So we cannot help counting our lost boy’s age. It is our nature, but actually it will not help us so much.
So the most important thing is to understand our true mind or inmost nature in our practice. How we understand our actual mind is the most important point—should be the most important point. That is why Zen emphasize to live on each moment.