nuthatch song

A clinical psychiatrist questioned Suzuki Roshi about consciousness.

“I don’t know anything about consciousness,” Suzuki said.  “I just try to teach my students how to hear the birds sing.”

From Zen is Right Here: Teaching stories and anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, edited by David Chadwick

5 thoughts on “nuthatch song

  1. Reminds me of one of my favorite Suzuki Roshi quotes, “When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself”

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