The most important thing in Buddhism—more important than Enlightenment.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 2, 2011
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“We do not slight the idea of enlightenment, but the most important thing is

this moment

not some day in the future.

We have to make our effort in

this moment

This is the most important thing for our practice.”

~ Shunryu Suzuki


More Suzuki Roshi here. Video of Suzuki Roshi, here.


Relephant bonus:

How to Meditate: The Dathun Letter, via Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “The most important thing in Buddhism—more important than Enlightenment.”

  1. Jordan says:

    And as Adyashanti says, “When the realization is deep, your whole being is dancing.”

  2. yogiclarebear says:

    Waylon, thank you for sharing this. It is not just the most important in Buddhism. The most important in all.

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