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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Dan and Louise back then


We are here

Buddha's teaching is not the written teaching or something told by the historical Buddha. When the Sambogakaya Buddha, the true Buddha told it, it was Buddha's teaching-- very much so. But when we read, we are trying to figure out what he told us, what was the true teaching, and what was the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha. We are, in other words, deeply attached to someone else, forgetting all about the ultimate fact that we are here. As long as we try to understand the real Buddha in this way, we cannot understand who he was. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 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

Friday, August 7, 2020

Buddhamama Burl


Just mentioned this great carving in a Cuke Audio Mini Podcast which featured a vignette about Shunryu Suzuki from Ken Sawyer. Elizabeth Sawyer and Barton Stone created the Buddhamama from a great burl for their Back Porch Zendo in Occidental, CA.

Continuing from yesterday

This is very true. Don't you think so? But still you doubt, and still you make a separation from yourself and observe yourself from the outside: “Who am I? What am I doing?” Zazen practice is not this kind of practice. Someone else is practicing zazen, not “you.” “You” should practice zazen. That is shikantaza. That is the Sambogakaya Buddha. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 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

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Seventy-five years ago today

The US dropped a nuclear bomb on a civilian population. Today we have much larger ones ready to launch as does Russia, enough to eliminate all higher forms of life. Other nations have joined this club and more are in line. We, all of us, don't have time to deal with this issue now and most don't even realize it's much of an issue. World Suicide. 

Continuing from yesterday

This kind of Buddha is the Buddha before we attain enlightenment. Without this confidence, you cannot even practice zazen. How can you practice zazen when you doubt, or when you are observing yourself objectively without having any subjectivity? How can you practice zazen? Only when you accept yourself, and when you really know you exist here. You cannot escape from yourself. This is the ultimate fact, that “I am here.” --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 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

DC Comment: This is exactly what the Advaita Vedanta gurus have said. Ramana Maharshi said that the ultimate statement is int the Bible, "I am that I am." Of course the "I" Suzuki and Ramana were refering to is the big I of all that is.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Spent my Spare Time at Tassajara 1970 on doing stuff like this

Four Bodhisattva Vows - notes - dc

Legs

Only when we stand on our own two legs can we help others. Before this, you are observing yourself, thinking, “Who am I? Have I attained enlightenment or not? Am I able to help others?” and you cannot help others. When you become just you yourself, without comparing yourself to others: “I am I. I am here. When you have difficulty, I am with you, and I can manage myself pretty well. If you like, I can help you,” that is Buddha. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 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, August 4, 2020

Zentatsu Teisho

Richard Baker lecture on day Shunryu Suzuki died - Dec.4, 1971

I

After Buddha discovered his true nature and knew exactly who he was, he attained enlightenment and became the Sambogakaya Buddha. He became truth itself, one with himself and one with the whole universe. And he did not care for anything. He was completely satisfied with himself. And, when he became one with himself and with everything else, whatever he saw, everything had the same nature as he had. Just as he existed under the Bodhi tree as an enlightened one, as a perfect one, so everything existed in the same way. That is why Buddha said, “It is wonderful to see everything has Buddha Nature.” Just as he is, so everything is Buddha, we say. But when we say this in its true sense, it means “I am Buddha.” --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 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