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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Recommending

There is a reason why we should not compare our practice to other-- many kinds of practice. As Dogen Zenji said, in his Fukanzazengi-- Recommending Zen Practice to Every One of Us-- Fukanzazengi-- he recommends this practice to every one of us. And he said, first of all, whatever you do, that is zazen. It is not some special training or some special way of practice. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Tassajara's Altitude

Photo from the Tassajara History page - thanks ZMC director Carolyn Cavanaugh for sending it.

From A Brief History of Tassajara  by Marilyn McDonald (Cuke Press 2018)

Marilyn used 1539 feet as the altitude of Tassajara surely because that’s the number on the geological survey marker embedded in sandstone at the steps to the old hotel. On January 19, 1981, the US Geological Survey entered 1637 feet as the official altitude in the Geographic Names Information System.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ram Dass talks about David Padwa

In a 1980 Albuquerque Sun interview

More on David if you scroll up from that interview on his cuke page.

That's David on one of his mt. climbing trips, maybe in Nepal

Don't Compare

Our practice - zazen practice - should not be compared with any other practice or training. It does not mean, even if I say so, that Zen is something special or Zen is superior to any other teaching. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Rohatsu sesshin first lecture opening

In this sesshin, as I said this morning, our practice will be concentrated on putting power in your hara or tanden. This is not just a technique of practice, but the underlying idea is very deep. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

John E. Nelson college Zen paper

The Institutional Development of Zen in America from 1893 - a 1973 paper by John E. Nelson when he was at the University of Michigan. Now immortalized on cuke.com with listings on the Early Papers and Others Contribute pages.

Help People

To help people, in its true sense, is just to join their life, and lead their life as they do, and to be always friend of others. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Already have

When you have some idea of achievement, it is already something which you will achieve. So that is not what you have right now. Achievement should be something you already have, and how to have it  is to forget all about the idea of self or to be one with the surroundings. That is how to achieve our goal. Our goal is right here, not somewhere else or in the future. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Achieve

Actually we do not achieve anything in our practice. Just to be ourselves on this moment is the way. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Real

Without knowing what is real, without any real understanding of anything [laughs, laughter], sacrificing the most valuable present living moment. This is what we are doing and not only do we lose the true meaning of our life, we are creating problems for ourselves who exist only in present moment. This is the big problem for human being. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.