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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Every Breath

Actor and Zen teacher Peter Coyote and Lew Richmond have a conversation about Lew's new book on aging for men,  EVERY BREATH, NEW CHANCES: HOW TO GROW OLD WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY.  Lew says, "As two aging men we cover a lot of ground and go into depth about the book and its original new contemplative practice, 'deep mind reflection.'"  Listen to the conversation here You can purchase the book  here.

L to R - Al Tribe, Lew Richmond, Peter Coyote, after Al and Peter received transmission from Lew, January 26, 2016.


Sun and Moon

When I am sick, I may be the moon-faced buddha [laughs]. When I am healthy, I am the sun-faced buddha. But the sun-faced buddha or the moon-faced buddha has no special meaning. It means that, whether I am ill or healthy, still, you know, I am practicing zazen. There is no difference. So you shouldn't worry about my health, you know. Even though I am in bed, you know, I am buddha. So don't worry about me.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-01-25-bn - 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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A Report on

 The soon to be over intensive on The Lotus Sutra: A Teaching for Bodhisattvas in Our Time of Great Challenge and Change - that Reb Anderson is leading via Zoom. 

Wendy Pirsig is attending it and wrote: Over 200 people with Tenshin Reb Anderson, from all over the world for 15 weekdays, plus there have been breakout discussion groups on Saturdays, and talks by Linda Cutts and Nancy Schroeder on Sundays, and even sutra-copying zoom sessions.  Reb lectures about an hour, and then invites offerings, shosan-style, the second hour. There's also Green Gulch-based zazen and service on zoom. The Lotus Sutra is pretty hard sledding for me but I am soaking it in, and it has been a highly beneficial way to spend the cold January days of lockdown.  The other participants are quite amazing, just about everyone ordained and most have done intensives before, now all together again through zoom. Great tech backup support from Brendan Crowe.  And Reb is in full force.  I never thought I'd see him again, let alone have a chance to do something like this, it's pretty great. 

Health

Some of Japanese member, you know, thought because I am always zazen, “He not catch cold. [Laughs.] He will not suffer from flu. But it was funny for him to stay in bed so long.” [Laughs.]

The purpose of zazen is to make ourselves physically strong or to make ourselves mentally healthy or strong, maybe to make our mind healthy and body healthy. But healthy mind is not just, you know, healthy mind in its usual sense, and weak body is not weak body in its usual sense. Whether it is weak or strong, when that weakness and that strength is based on so-called truth or buddha-nature, that is healthy mind and healthy body.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-01-25-bn - 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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Composure

[After being down for a month and  half with a flu] I am glad to see you from here [laughs]. My voice may not be so good yet, but today I'm testing, you know, just testing. [Laughs, laughter.] I don't know if it works or not. Whether it works or not, or if I speak or not, is not such a big problem for us. Whatever happen to us, it is something which it should happen. So the purpose of our practice is to have this kind of complete composure in our everyday life.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-09 - 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.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Excerpt from ZC Board Notes

Roshi: because Jean cannot attend the entire period she has refused [to be Shuso]. My idea--someone like Dan can take her place while she is away. She had a very good reputation at Eiheiji. Even though most of the teachers have changed there, she is still known. She practiced there long enough and sincerely enough. In our school nuns are treated uncertainly. 

On the Early Pali Teachings

Mark Foote on The Early Record.

About sending this link, he wrote: I wrote a piece that I thought might interest you--it's an overview of the teachings of the Pali sermons.  

As usual, I wrote it to teach myself.  That's what I get, for having learned college mathematics through my own notes, and transcribing my own notes.  Not unlike what you do!

I thought it would interest you, because of my descriptions of the first four states of concentration (the rupa jhanas).  Very un-Zenlike.

Do you ever dream of Shunryu Suzuki?  I've had some dreams of Kobun.  In the last one, he told me I should rework my website, which I kind of resented in the dream.  Stupid (

Saturday, January 23, 2021

NVC and Buddhism

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Buddhism

by Paul Shippee

Paul's cuke page



Remote

Originally Zen master do not have so many students. When Dogen left China, receiving transmission from Tendo Nyojo. Tendo Nyojo Zenji said to him: “After you go back to Japan, you should practice your way in remote country with few students and keep always our practice fresh and new, and take good care of your students.” That is what he said when Dogen leave China -- and he secluded himself in remote country, northern part of country and built his small temple in Echizen, now Fukui Prefecture, where there is Eiheiji now.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 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.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Mountain Seat Ceremony

 Hozan Alan Senauke will step up to the mountain seat, becoming the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center on January 31st at 3pm PST.