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Thursday, April 9, 2020

True Law

Student H [E. L.]: Docho Roshi: What is the True Law?

SR: True Law? When you ask what is True Law, I'm afraid you will lose the True Law. When you are doing something just for sake of doing it, there there is True Law. Just like the water flowing. That is true Law.
 -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 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. - DC

First Ordination, Jukai


Got an email asking who received Jukai, lay ordination, at Sokoji in 1962. I thought I had that info but I don't even try to remember where it is unless I give up using other methods. So I did the first thing I do when I'm looking for something. I went to the home page of cukecom and wrote "jukai" in the site search box up top. That did n't work so I wroet "first ordination" and that worked. From the General Wind Bell excerpt page and found this with all fifteen names listed. - DC

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Cuke Audio Podcast #2

The 2nd podcast from Cuke Audio is titled Crooked Cucumber Introduction and Ramblings. It starts off with the ramblings and ends with the introduction.

Cuke Audio podcasts are uploaded every Tuesday.

Thank You

 Student G [Danny Chesluk]: Docho Roshi, there's really nothing particular I'd like to say. I'd really like to say thank you for Tassajara and for being here. Thank you. 
SR: Thank you. -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 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. - DC

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Finite

Student F [Jack Weller]: Docho Roshi, I wish to ask a question that I ask of all religions. In the sutra that we have been reading [Lotus Sutra], and in other Buddhist works, and in your lectures you speak about the infinite. Infinite time, infinite truth: a truth-- true in the past for an infinite time. It is said that a sutra has been repeated again and again in the past for an infinite amount of time, or, if not infinite, then for an uncountable number of years-- of eons. Yet we know that man is not infinite in the same sense that-- at least today-- we believe that man evolved, physically-- evolved from other animals. This happened at a period of time that is not countable or infinite. Is then the sutra, your teaching, and other Buddhist teaching-- teaching about an infinite dimension of man, a finite being?
SR: Finite being itself already the revealed infinite being. In this sense we should appreciate our life, moment after moment. And we should appreciate things which we observe, day after day. This is actually the only way to appreciate the infinite, the ultimate, the first principle. So infinite should not be just an idea. We should appreciate everything without discrimination, not by small mind but by buddha-mind. True appreciation is by our big, limitlessly big, limitlessly great big buddha-mind. You have to accept things as it is, after all.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 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. - DC

Shunryu Suzuki in the Windbell

Aside from having all the Windbells on cuke, there are many excerpts, some, individual excerpts to go with relevant material, others all the material from the Wind Bell on a particular person or subject. Here's a page for Windbell Excerpts related to Shunryu Suzuki.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Path

Student E [Alan Winter]: Docho Roshi, speak to us of the search for the true path.

SR: True path. Don't think there is some special path which is true or false.

Student E [Alan Winter]: Then of-- each on our own paths?

SR: Do your best on every moment. Finding your position and reacting properly to everything.

Student E [Alan Winter]: That's all that I can do.

SR: Yes.
  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 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. - DC

From Los Altos

Chronicles of Haiku Zendo Including Memories of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi - Part I
edited by Barbara Hiestand
Haiku Zendo Foundation Los Altos, California 1973


Another selection from the In-house Publications, one of the selections from Bibliography on the Cuke drop-down menu on the home and key pages.

This is the zendo where Shunryu Suzuki delivered the lectures edited for Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Cuke nonZense Blog

This is a reminder that there are daily posts on the Cuke nonZense Blog. Today there's a Covid-19 map of Denpasar, Bali, with explanation. We live in the bottom right area, Sanur.

I used to post everything on Cuke What's New but a couple of years ago the nonZense blog was created so Cuke What's New could be Zen or our sangha related and Cuke nonZense could be more personal posts on topics such as environment and music. All the Dchad Miscellaneous stuff goes there too. Any story I want to tell or new poem or song I've written, what's happening with Katrinka and me in Bali. It's a little like my diary. Lot of climate and science posts. Only one a day with Sunday a day off. Cuke nonZense automatically uploads onto Cuke nonZense Facebook.

One figure, the number of reported positive cases - 32 in Bali and 4 in Denpasar, I think think of as indicating what the situation was two weeks ago.

You're invited. - dc

Impossible!

Student D [Stan White]: Docho Roshi, Zen is impossible! I will continue to practice. 
SR: If you know that you are here moment after moment, that is already practice.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-09-00 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. - DC