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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Freedom of Creativity

When we do not think “right or wrong, good or bad,” our mind is big enough to accept things whether they are old or new. Who tells us the teaching or who forces some way of life on us doesn't matter. We will not lose our way, and we will develop our way with our own ideas and in our own way. There will be freedom of creativity. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Good or Bad

In our practice, we should forget all about ideas of good or bad, right or wrong. But when old culture becomes rigid and concrete, it will always force something anew. So, in our practice, even though we do not ignore the ideas of good or bad, we are not caught by the ideas of good or bad anymore. Instead of expressing resistance, we resume our original nature or universal nature or a state of mind before being crystallized in some particular way. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Resistance to the Old Way

Usually resistance and obedience are two quite different tendencies or activities of mind or functions of mind. But originally they are not different. There we have the reason why we practice something informally and why we practice in the opposite way. Because you feel some resistance to your old culture, you should practice zazen. And you feel better to practice our way, because our practice is the expression of our resistance to the old way of life. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Our Way

Our way is not to be prohibitive or controlling. Just to put our effort to another direction is our way. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

A Critical Situation

Most young people have this kind of feeling—a kind of resistance. When we have this kind of resistance, observing something quite common is difficult because it is not so encouraging. But if you are under a very critical situation, you will have to have, or you will find out your true nature. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, November 28, 2022

A Lighthouse in a Stormy Ocean

If we don't know what is true practice and the nature of our practice based on human culture and where we should put our effort, we cannot make appropriate effective effort in helping ourselves and others. This kind of instruction given by Dogen Zenji is like a lighthouse in a stormy ocean. When the sea is very calm, you should rather expect and like to have a storm [laughs]. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

For the Beginner

Like I told you over and over, the point of our effort is like this: for the beginner it looks very discouraging and frustrating. Someone in dokusan said, Zen is like standing on your head [laughs]. It is simple, but to keep standing on your head is very difficult. I think that is very true. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Resume the Source of Life

If we do not know how to resume the source of life, we will have both joy and regretfulness. We cannot enjoy our life in its true sense without this practice. That is why Dogen Zenji put emphasis on practice. It does not mean to slight other practices, but if we forget this point, whatever practice it may be, it won't work. It won't help us in its true sense. On the other hand, if you understand this point, whatever way of practice you apply, it will open up your mind for everything. And to be ready for accepting various difficulties is the purpose of zazen. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.