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Friday, November 27, 2020

Salvation

E. L. Hazelwood: Docho Roshi, I have a question, but I can't see it. And so I can't grasp it. And so I don't know what it is. And so I don't know how to ask it.

SR: Yeah. The basic problem is the same for everyone. Anyway as long as you are here, don't be too much concerned about yourself, or what you do, or what others do. Just observe Tassajara as one body, as one person who has every part of body-- hands, legs, head, ears, eyes. And let it work without much mistake. If you try to practice our way, everyday practice, with this idea, then there is salvation for each one of us.

E. L.: Thank you very much.               --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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, November 26, 2020

Barton Stone's Words of Thanksgiving


To the topsoil and all its inhabitants, worms, insects, fungi, microbes, we utterly depend on you. Your presence is the foundation of our life, and our daily interchange.  Gratitude to you, topsoil!  Thank you!

Gratitude to you, our human ancestors!  We are gathered here from the four directions, from many continents, on this ancestral land of the Ohlone, Miwok, Pomopeople.  With pain in our hearts we acknowledge the continuing injustice of colonialism, your resistance, and your long stewardship.  We say thank you.  Thank you!

Gratitude to our Buddhist ancestors!  Sakyamuni, Bodhidharma, Dogen, Suzuki!  Thank you to Stone Creek founder, Jisho Warner, and our head teachers, Dojin Emerson and Korin Pokorny!  Thank you!

To the hills of northern California we say thank you!  Shasta, Diablo, Tamalpais, Sonoma, Sugarloaf and all their inhabitants!  We receive the perspective you offer us with humility and deep gratitude.  Thank you!

Gratitude to the gardens, where we gratefully practice the healing process of collaboration with the other forms of life and receive beneficent beauty and abundance.  Thank you, gardens!

Disgust

Jeff Broadbent: Docho Roshi, why do I feel hatred, repugnance, and disgust?

SR: Maybe because you want to solve everything, every problem in limited sense and by limited way-- that is why. You should wait, you know. You should do one by one. Then there is no hatred or no bad feeling.

Jeff: How do you mean one by one?

SR: One by one? Just to do something in time. To keep up with other's practice. That is the main point. And don't discriminate your work too much within your limited time and material or space. You should do your best. Whether it is good or bad, no one knows [laughs], you know, whether it is good or bad.

Jeff: Thank you very much.              --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Judge

Niels Holm: Docho Roshi, will you please tell me why I judge myself and other as good and bad student?

SR: I couldn't follow it.

Niels: Will you please tell me why I judge myself and others as good and bad students?

SR: Judge or discriminate, you mean?

Niels: Yes.

SR: You are good student. There is no need to compare you to someone else. You have your own good quality which, you know, no one has. So you are independent. And when you become you yourself, you will be with all your friends. Okay?

Niels: Thank you very much.
             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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

Scribblings


Tracy Cramer's wife Yumiko just translated some Japanese notes of Shunryu Suzuki's that were on the page with calligraphy and other graphic artifacts from his hand. I knew it was not anything important, just some scribbled kanji, but there is so little that we've got in that area that I included it with other items which there are also few of. I'm glad there's just a little bit. Makes my job easier. I'm glad his wife Mitsu threw out letters and stuff (thanks Vickie for going through her wastebasket to get a little bit once) and that he did too and didn't do a lot of calligraphy and that the SFZC didn't have any system to save things - so into the here and now. So thanks Tracy and Yumiko.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

True Home

 Dan Welch: Docho Roshi, may we all understand our true home by the use of these words in the ceremony. 

SR: I couldn't follow it.

Dan: I hope--

SR: Uh-huh.

Dan: -- that we all come to understand our true home--

SR: Uh-huh.

Dan: -- by the use of these words in the ceremony.

SR: Uh-huh. Yeah. I hope so.             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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

Podcast with Robert Halpern


Robert Halpern was an early student of Taizan Maezumi, Shunryu Suzuki, and Chogyam Trungpa who now lives in Halifax. Check him out at the Cuke Audio Podbean site. One of the great characters from back then.

Robert Halpern cuke page

Robert, Shunryu Suzuki, Phillip Whalen, - Tassajara 1967

Monday, November 23, 2020

An eko chant writ down Shunryu Suzuki


An eko in Japanese is a brief chant dedicating merit, often of a long chant that has preceded it. Shunryu Suzuki wrote an eko out and copies were made for a reason unknown in these quarters. Reb Anderson gave Tracy Cramer a copy of it and Tracy sent me a photo of it and Shohaku Okumura translated it. That's presented here. It has been on the cuke page for Suzuki's calligraphy or anything by his hand - without translation. 

Comment and translation by Shohaku Okumura, ed by DC - thanks Tracy Cramer for getting the following from him. Here's Tracy's story about receiving it from Reb.

The writing of Suzuki Roshi is a brief Eko for a service, Sutra Chanting for Mortuary Hall Patrons (in Soto School Scriptures For Daily Services And Practice published by Sotoshu Shumucho). It is in page 68 of the book. The English translation of this part of the eko is:

May the merit generated thereby assist their awakened spirit and adorn the land of their reward. We humbly pray that within the current of birth and death they shall be as a lustrous pearl shimmering undisturbed in a vast sea; that on the shore of nirvana they shall be as a cinnamon moon shining alone in the azure sky; so that they will guide the entire world, together climbing the path to awakening.

Who

Katherine Thanas: Docho Roshi, who are you?

SR: Good question [laughs]. To whom you are asking [laughter]?

Katherine: To all of you.

SR: Hmm? All of me [laughs]? Do you really understand all of me -- what you see and what you do not see?

Katherine: I don't know that I understand it all. I feel there is much there.

SR: I am here. But before I am here, you know, what exists here? Something you don't know existed [laughs]. I am, you know, someone who exists here who is speaking something. And I am also someone who does not appear in this way. Before I say something-- before I exist here, something is here with all being. And I am both someone who has form and color, and someone who has no form and no color. And you are speaking to someone who has body and mind.

Katherine: Thank you very much.              --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 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

Saturday, November 21, 2020

RIP William Irwin Thompson


Bill Thompson 

16 July 1938—8 November 2020

A number of people came to the SFZC through the Lindesfarne Asso. on Long Island I think it was. Michael Katz for one. I first met him there as did Dan Welch and others who visited them from the SFZC. Hope to gather more on this connection and history. - dc

Wikipedia page

Founder of the Lindesfarne Asso. which funded (I think) the Lindesfarne building at the SFZC's Green Gulch Farm. The association's center in Crestone was transferred to Richard Baker's Dharma Sangha.

Bill Thompson's Amazon page - Don't see his At the Edge of History there which was nominated for the National Book Award. i learned that when I introduced him to Stewart Brand by the pool at Tassajara and Thompson congratulated Brand on beating him out for that award with the Whole Earth Catalogue. 

Here's an Amazon page with a fuller list of Thompson's books

Youtube search result for William Irwin Thompson