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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

What Now

Student: Docho Roshi, what now?

SR: Now. Don't ask me. Now is now. You have now. I have my own now. That is why now is so important. It is beyond question and answer.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.



Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Thoughts

Too many thoughts is all right. That is not the point. I am not saying to stop your activity. I am not counting how many thoughts you have. All the thoughts you have are originally one thought. If it is one thought, that is no thought. So, don't be concerned about the thoughts you have. Don't be bothered by them. You should think. To think is all right, but to be bothered by them or to discriminate between good thoughts or bad thoughts is bad. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.



Monday, February 6, 2023

Your Boss

Student: Is the boss that is illumined by the mind's calmness only a small boss?

SR: There is actually no small or big boss. When you call any boss, that is your boss. Because you think this is big boss or great boss, your practice is not any more true practice. Don't be involved in good or bad, high or low. Just do what you should do at that moment.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.



Saturday, February 4, 2023

Fear Comes From Your Ego

Student: Docho Roshi, how is it possible to lose the fear of no nose, no mouth, no eyes, no world of eyes?

SR: Fear comes from your ego. So the way is to open up your mind so that there is no more ego.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.



Friday, February 3, 2023

Devote Yourself to Your Work

The question should not be about whether it is right or wrong. Right now, the most important thing is to find what is the most important thing. You are asking yourself for others, which is not important. The most important thing is to be involved in what you are doing now, without thinking “good” or “bad.” Stop asking—stop thinking, and devote yourself to your work. Whatever people say, or whatever you yourself say, you should not be concerned about it. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.



Thursday, February 2, 2023

Auction of Paintings by Arthur Okamura

Got the following email today. Am posting this right away.

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I am writing to let you both know that we are offering a distinguished collection of 33 works by Arthur Okamura in our online auction on February 7.

These are all coming from the estate of Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer who represented your father at the Feingarten Galleries in the late 1950s through early 1970s.

Please find a link to the lots here: Bonhams : Coast to Coast Live Online American Art, including The Collection of Gail Feingarten Oppenheimer

Kathy Wong
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Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art
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Questions

SR: Your thinking should not be based on unreal foundations.

Student: Docho Roshi, is it necessary—words, questions, or even thinking?

SR: For you it may not be necessary. Continue your practice.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.





Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Student: Docho Roshi, we can succeed in directing our effort inside. How can there be anything outside our effort?

SR: There is no inside or outside. We say our effort should be directed towards the inside, but we say it to suggest to you the direction. One arrow will get through past, present, and future: the three worlds. And the arrow will continuously go forward. Don't think the arrow is always going outward. To go outward, one thousand miles means to go back one thousand miles. So don't think there is outside or inside in our practice.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - 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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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Student: Docho Roshi, what is the fundamental cause of the universe?

SR: Universe. Ah, we do not discuss about it because there is no beginning and no end for the universe.
—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-07 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.