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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Numberless

So to take vow, this is the way: “Sentient beings are numberless. I vow to save them.” Sentient being are numberless -- if they are numberless, you know, how is it possible to save them? [Laughs.]                --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Spirit

But when we think of precepts like the Ten Prohibitory Precepts, we feel if we fail to observe those ten precepts, even one of the ten, we will not be a good Buddhist - as if the purpose of taking vow or taking precepts is just to observe those things literally. That is maybe the usual way of understanding precepts. But the true purpose of precepts is not just to observe precepts so that we can attain enlightenment. Why we observe precepts or why we take vow is to actualize Buddha's spirit.               --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Original

Buddha had no idea of setting up precepts. When someone do something wrong, Buddha just said, “That is not right. Why don't you do it this way?” That was the precept-- the original precept. So there were no precepts in term of “This is a precepts all Buddhists should keep.”               --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Rigid

So-calledMahayana Buddhist arise was mainly Buddhism or teaching of Buddhism became more and more concrete or caught by concrete idea of some particular teaching or some precepts. And they rigidly tried to stick to the teaching. They respected the teaching too much and tried to preserve the teaching, and that was the purpose of the priest especially. And this kind of effort resulted in a very rigid understanding of precepts or teaching.              --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Take Vow

To take vow is very important. To believe in Buddhism means to take vow. If you don't take vow, life will be life of karma. Only when we take vow, our life is life of Buddhist. And how to take vow may be the most important point.             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Choice

 In Agama Sutra, they say Buddha passed away by his own choice. And because he finished his task, because he has nothing to do more in this world, he took nirvana, it says. So underlying thought is already to help others, to save sentient beings. Usually, you know, Mahayana Buddhist denounced Hinayana Buddhism. They said Hinayana Buddhist just practice our way to help themselves, not to help others. That is what they say, but actually when they say in Agama Sutra that he took nirvana because he finished his task in this world, it means that already he came to this world to save others. And in various so-called Hinayana sutra, we find this kind of thought. Anyway, those vows are supposed to be Mahayana-- Bodhisattva's vow or Mahayana vow, but actually, those four vows are vows for all Buddhists. All Buddhists should have this vow.            --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Save

The Agama Sutra is supposed to be the oldest Buddhist sutra but even in Agama Sutra Bodhisattva thought is there. It says, Shujo muhen-- ”Sentient beings are numberless. I vow to save them.” Why Buddha, you know, came to this world is to save sentient beings. Buddha, he did not come to this world because of the karma.            --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Vow

This morning I want to explain how to take our bodhisattva's vow. We say “bodhisattva's vow,” but actually this is not only Mahayana Buddhist vow but also all the Buddhists' vow. When we say Mahayana, usually it means that the something superior teaching in contrast with Hinayana. But this may not be real understanding. According to Dogen Zenji, this is not right understanding, to say “Hinayana” or “Mahayana.”           --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-29 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Peter Coyote's new book of poetry


Tongue of a Crow
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Check out the Merry Pranksters on Facebook for the October 13th interview with Peter about this new book and whatever else they get into.

Check out Peter's 80th Birthday Party and Live Reading/Book Signing in Davis October 14th

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Like a Child

 [After the chant (the last line of which is, "Buddhas way is unsurpassable. I vow to attain it.) at the conclusion of the lecture, Suzuki added:]

Umm – I vow to attain it. That is our practice. Don’t say, I’m just a human a being or It is not possible for me to attain it. Don’t say so. I vow to attain it. Like a child do it. That is our practice.           --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.