To solve our human problem doesn’t cover all of Buddhist practice, and we don’t know how long it takes for us to make the buddha trip. We have many trips: work trips, space trips, the various trips we must have. The buddha trip is a very long trip. This is Buddhism. Thank you very much.
So even though you may sit watching something like a sunflower [laughs]– there is still someone looking in front of sunflower. Watching a sunflower in the hot sun, I tried it. It was wonderful, you know. I felt the whole universe in the sunflower. That was my experience, but I don’t know how someone else may have experienced sunflower meditation. [laughs]
The whole universe is there in–in the sunflower. It is not so simple [laughs]; it is a very wonderful, wonderful and complicated feeling. You can see the whole universe in a small flower…
~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, excerpt from Tassajara Mountain Zen Center talk “Obon Days”, given August 12, 1971 (four months before his death)