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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Name

You can see many mountains, you know-- you will enjoy to see many mountains, but when you are interested in the sight of the mountains you see, the value of each mountain will be ignored. If I call you by name of human being-- ”Hi, human being!” [laughs, laughter], your character will be ignored. Everyone is human being. We don't know whether [laughs] you are man or woman or young lady or old lady: just any human being [laughs]. It doesn't make any sense. If you are called by your name, you know, you will be happy. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Jack Weller cuke page

Forgot to add link to prior post: http://cuke.com/people/weller-jack.htm

Monday, December 17, 2018

RIP Jack Weller

Just got word that Jack Weller died last night peacefully after a week in hospice. RIP Jack, a truly gentle soul. - dc

Jack Weller cuke page - with the audio and a transcription to a talk he gave recently at the SFZC City Center on his memories of Shunryu Suzuki and Chogyam Trungpa.

Each

So we rather put emphasis on the difference between each being. Although we put emphasis on difference, we do not discriminate which is better. It is different, but each is same value or absolute value because it is different. When you put emphasis on universality, it means you are killing things, at least the value of things will be ignored. True value of each existence will be ignored. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, December 14, 2018

Different

When you put emphasis on the universality, everything loses its own value. When you mix male and female and divide in two [laughs], you will lose your life. Man should be a man, and woman should be a woman because, you know, man and woman is different. There is value and there is life. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Validity

Everything has absolute value because it is different from others. If everything is same, they will lose the value. Because it is different, it is value. So to mix up everything is to kill buddha-nature. So when one is teacher, he should be teacher. When one is student, he should be a student. But it does not mean student cannot be a teacher. So we rather put emphasis on validity than universality. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

A new poem from Bhikkhu Moneya

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Place

Even though everything has buddha-nature, it does not mean you can mix up everything. As Dogen Zenji said in his Instruction for Cook, “Something which should be put higher place, should be put higher place. Something which should be lower place, should be lower place.” Everything has its own function and virtue. So according to the virtue, we should treat them. Only when we treat them according to their virtue, everything will have same value. Because water cannot be exchanged for fire, fire has its own virtue and water has its own virtue. So water should be in the kettle and fire should be under the kettle, you know. If everything is its own place, everything has same value, he says. So we should not mix up everything.  -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Carefully

The best way to understand what is buddha-nature is just to practice our way and treat things very carefully. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, December 10, 2018

Merit

When I was young, someone explained said, “You should cultivate virtue. You should accumulate merit. If you give others the good pickles, you will accumulate merit. That is why you should take the worst pickles.” And I thought, then I would rather take the best ones [laughs, laughter] to save others --- to let them accumulate more merit. I don't want to accumulate merit for myself. I didn't try, but I thought so. Really I thought so. -------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-06-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC