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Saturday, August 24, 2019

I = you et al

Brad Warner's video linked to yesterday makes the point the his I and all other Is are the same I. That I thing really unites Hinduism and Buddhism too, found in the insight types like Zen and Advaita Vedanta which focuses on that point - and in other traditions as well. To me it's in the core of the perenial philosophy. The Who am I? koan goes way back in India.

Wheel

Student G: Docho Roshi, the wheel of dharma turns in our life in many ways. It'll go from sickness to health to sickness again to health. Should we try to master this dharma? What is its nature?

SR: Wheel of dharma. When it is turning means to master it. Because it is always turning, it is difficult to tell how it turns in detail. Only when we allow it to turn, or we can keep up with the turning wheel, we can master it actually. But-- but actually we are turning with it. We are actually a part of the wheel. In this way, we should master the wheel without trying to master it. 
   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Collision

Student F: Docho Roshi, if the president of the United States were to come to Tassajara and say the earth and the sun were on a collision course, and ask us what we could do, some of us might say that we could not change what has already collided in this man's imagination. Actually, the least we could do would be to tell him, “No moon, no sun,” and show him your wonderful garden.

SR: Yeah. No moon or no sun. But the sun is the sun, the moon is the moon, so the moon-- when moon is really moon, there will not be any collision. There is no need for the moon to be a sun or vice-versa. 
   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Brad Warner

A while ago Brad Warner posted this video from Glascow. Well said Bad Brad!

His YouTube channell for more is youtube.com/hardcorezen

Here's his blog: http://hardcorezen.info/ 

Brad Warner on cuke

And if you Search for his name on web, there's lots.

Hi Brad.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Merit

Student E: Docho Roshi, why does man's work bring so little merit?
SR: May be no merit, but when you realize that there is no merit, that is great merit. All the merit accumulated by all the people is your merit. So that is why the merit is not yours and actually at the same time yours. So when you forget all about you or others, the merit will be great.   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sorrow

Student D: Docho Roshi, you are you, and I am me, and you are not you, and I am not me, and the river keeps moving by. Where is the medicine for this sorrow?

SR: Medicine. The going river and the evanescence of life or ingraspable things is itself medicine. Sometimes it looks like poison, but actually those are only medicine we should take.
   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

RIP Michael Canright

Got this message from Barrie Mason - I just got a call from Jesse, Michael Canright's daughter, saying that he died of MS in February. I tried to call him recently & his # wasn't good any more, so I had sent him a post card. She lives in Pittsburg PA, Michael was living in Colorado. He continued to sit on his own.

question

Student C: Docho Roshi, how can being in sesshin be practicing the middle way?
SR: Middle way? When you forget all about the middle way, there you have middle way.
   -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Echo

Student B: Docho Roshi, although you can only clarify an outline, and we can only hear what we realize, please say something about echo.
(after estabishing that the question refers to echo and not eko which are recited after sutra)
SR: Mm-hmm. Oh, echo. Echo, oh. Everything is echo of your mind or of your activity. 
  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Stones

There are many stones in Tassajara Creek. Each stone has some very mysterious strange shape which will tell us various things. Kumazawa Zenji wrote something about stones, in Japanese. If you go to Sokoji, you may have seen it already: The Five Virtues of Stones. Even though you see a stone, there is still our practice. That is everyday mind. So everyday mind is not just a kind of mind which is always involved in dualistic sense.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-04-23-A as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC