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Saturday, February 23, 2019


We try to escape from something or we rely on something. We want to make ourselves happy, you know, without, making ourselves really happy. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on Edited by DC

Friday, February 22, 2019

Complete SFZC Wind Bell index with links to each item

Wind Bell Contents Search page - Search by issue, author, or key word

1961 - 2012

Just completed - thanks Peter Ford


We have not much courage to face or to satisfy ourselves with a cup of water. We are trying to put sugar in it or to sell something. And it is not just exactly what I want, you know. Maybe I want a cup of plain water more!  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on Edited by DC

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following yesterday

Why it is so hard is because we are trying to escape from it. Yeah. We should suffer more, maybe. We will not lose in suffering, but if we try to escape from it, you will be caught by it. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer - 68-00-00-B as found on Edited by DC

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Honest and Direct

I hope people will become honest and more direct, you know? That is really the, you know, root of the problems.  --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer - 68-00-00-B as found on Edited by DC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Not in Vain

To make our effort to find out what is real practice is not in vain and I am so grateful for students in Tassajara, and the students who practice in Los Altos, in the Bay Area, and recently at Mill Valley, too. They are making a big effort. And we are now in the state to find out the real meaning of our practice. After making a big effort to find out what is zazen we are finding out what is -- we almost find out what is true zazen. And why we should practice our way in this cross-legged position like Buddha did, and the understanding of our practice which was given to us by Buddha.  --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-14 as found on Edited by DC

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Brief History of Tassajara widely available

The third printing of A Brief History of Tassajara is now available at Amazon for $15 new.  It can also be ordered from bookstores via Ingram Books.

Cuke Press link for this book

Cuke page for this book

It hasn't been widely available for a while due to switching printing and distributing method.

Also available at the San Francisco Zen Center's three centers: Tassajara Zen Mt. Center, the City Center Bookstore at 300 Page St. in SF, and Green Gulch Farm in late July. It can be ordered from the SFZC Bookstore or the 3rd printing from any bookstore via Ingram Books.

Best Way

At Tassajara we have a very difficult time to practice our way. For almost one year we are trying very seriously to practice our way and the more we make our effort to practice our way, we are involved in big problems. You can see what we are doing at Tassajara. There are more than forty people and they each have their own understanding of Zen, more or less. “This is Zen”. “This is Zen”. That is the trouble. Because you practice zazen you cannot practice; you cannot have Tassajara. Even though they are there they cannot do it. Why? Because they practice zazen. So I think the best way is not to practice zazen -- (laughter). Just to live in Tassajara, like a bird. Then you can practice zazen. Birds or badgers know what is zazen better than students in Tassajara. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-14 as found on Edited by DC

Saturday, February 16, 2019

A Little more on that Vipassana Retreat

Or Cake

Because it is something which was given to us, that gift is not only just something which we see. It looks like something like mountain, or water, or cake, or something else. It looks like so. But we don’t know exactly what it is. So before we understand what it is, the only way is to accept it and to practice it. That is actually true practice, or else you cannot practice our way. Even though you have complete zendo you cannot practice. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on Edited by DC