The Buddha Trip: We Don’t Know How Long It Takes

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.

Crooked Cucumber: Shunryu Suzuki’s Legacy a Half Century Later

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)