January 9 2014 ice on Parkway 088To accept some idea of truth

without experiencing it

is like a painting of a cake

on paper which you cannot eat.

There is no taste,

and you will give up,

because it doesn’t mean anything,

even though you sit seven days.


But our true zazen cannot be like that.

If Zen was like that,

it would have vanished from this world

a long time ago.


Zen is still alive

because of the other side of the truth.

Only when each one of us feels the truth,

appreciates the truth,

accepts the truth,

and is ready to follow the truth,

will it work.


When someone puts himself

outside of the truth

in order to study the truth,

he won’t know what to do

when something happens to him.


Shunryu Suzuki

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014