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Monday, July 24, 2017

Buddhist Hindu Sites in Jave - 2

While in Jave recently, we stayed in Jogjakarta for four nights. Spent a few hours at Candi Prambanan. Candi means "temple." Borobudur is Candi Borobudur. Most impressive. It's Hindu 9th century and really big. The bottom picture gives an idea of size with people in it though there's a temporary fence in that one that wasn't there when we were there.

Wikipedia page for Prambanan.



Continued from Saturday's excerpt

Here you have true liberation, but look what people are doing now. They are making effort to accomplish something great ignoring something small. They say. “This is trivial matter. We have no time to be bothered by small thing.” But which is big or which is small is -- no one can tell. It is just matter of comparison. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Java Buddhist Hindu Sites 1

Katrinka and I just spent a week in Java, first staying four nights in Jogjakarta (or Yogyakarta) and then three nights in the countryside of Borobudur. There we visited Borobudur temple built in the ninth century, the largest Buddhist site in the world. It's got nine levels and we circumambulated each level staring with the grounds, doing the top level three times.

Wikipedia page for Borobudur




Slightest

When you have the subtly to appreciate the slightest movement of wind you can actually feel the cool wind through the tree or small waves on the calm pond. So when you have this kind of power to appreciate some plainness, calmness, serenity you will have the subtleness,  the power to understand the whole universe through the slightest movement of reality. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Friday, July 21, 2017

Common or Plain

When you have excessive energy or power you have something stimulating, but when your life becomes more and more controlled then your liking will change from some extreme to the common way. And when you can appreciate something common you may have more appreciation of something beautiful. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Shunryu Suzuki college dissertation

Updated the page for Suzuki's dissertation - sometimes called a thesis. - thanks Jane

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Plain

We Buddhists appreciate something plain and common, like water, like white rice. Most people eat white rice with soy sauce on it because it is so plain, it is so tasteless. Most people may like lemon-aid or orange juice or Coca Cola rather than water. But when you are seriously ill, which do you like? Coco Cola or plain water? So your inmost nature wants something quite plain. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Reason

If I say I like something ugly, people may ask, “Why do you like that kind of thing?” But there is no reason why. If there is no reason why I like something beautiful and there is no reason why I like something not so beautiful; there is no reason I like something plain. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Downward

When we go to Tassajara and climb up from Jamesburg to the high mountain and go down to Tassajara -- we go both ways -- way upward and way downward and we put emphasis on way downward. But everyone wants to climb up to the top of the mountain to have some view. When I was seeking for the site for the monastery almost all the people showed me the sight which commanded wide, great view, where you can see the town, where you can see the ocean, where you can see San Francisco Bay. But I rather like the bottom of the valley where we cannot see anything. It is quite natural for us to appreciate something beautiful, something wonderful. That is alright; that is our true nature so there is no problem. I don’t ask why do you like such a beautiful thing. It is quite natural. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Monday, July 17, 2017

Confront

Especially in our practice we put emphasis on something bad because everyone tries to ignore the bad side of something or may try to escape from it. That is not our way. We should confront the problem we human beings actually have. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,