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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jordan Thorn's last dharma talk

Oak Street Zendo half day sitting on June 30 invite with a link to an inspiring talk by Jordan - thanks Peter van der Sterre who wrote the following:

Earlier this week I was sent a link to Jordan's last Dharma talk at ZC in March. I was so pleased and impressed by his words.

Jordan Thorn page

Aim

Because we do something with some aim and we want to do something in a more perfect way, sometimes you are not satisfied with what you do, and sometimes you will be pleased with what you did. When this kind of discrimination happens, that activity is not anymore true activity-- at least your understanding of the activity you have done is not true activity itself. It is already a dead idea within your mind. And actual limitless activity is no more. ---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01=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.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dark

If the earth says, “I don't want the sun,” [laughs] what will happen to it? There is no other way to vanish from the cosmic world. Because of this unthinkable thinking, we exist. We can think. We can live. Without this unthinkable, we cannot think. It change into delusion. If you insist on it, you-- it means you are involved in dark, big, delusion. ---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01-A 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, June 14, 2018

Jordan's Cremation is Today

People sat with Jordan's body until around 11:00am on Monday. They lined the staircase and sidewalk and rose petals were tossed as he was brought down to be taken to the crematorium. Today, Thursday, is the cremation.

That's Jordan with the rabbit ears at an office party, the treasure's office I suppose, as he was the Chief Financial Officer. Photo by Clare Hollander.

Jordan Thorn page

Vanish

We sit in this way. This is how different it is-- our practice. That is why we should practice zazen, and you should not neglect our zazen because you think something else is more important. Why something is important for you is because of this practice. So if you forget all about the practice, you lose your life. Whatever you do, it doesn't work. If you insist it works, you lose yourself. You are no more. You vanish [laughs] from this world.  ---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01-A 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, June 13, 2018

Unthinking

(quoting Dogen again from the Fukanzazengi) "How do you think the unthinkable? Think beyond thinking and unthinking." Think beyond thinking and unthinking. Your thinking should be beyond “I think” or “I don't think.” It must be right there always. This is the important phase of cross-leg sitting. ---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01-A 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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jordan Thorn

Cuke page for dear departed Jordan.

I'm sorry he's gone. I bet he's not sorry or sad or mourning. -dc


That's from a 1996 Wind Bell

Unthinkable

(Reading from Dogen's Fukanzazengi) “How do you think the unthinkable?”

This is not just, you know, question. It is [laughs] a strong statement. How do you think the unthinkable? This is not an interrogative. It is strong affirmative sentence. How do you think the unthinkable? Unthinkable thinking is how. 
---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01-A 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, June 11, 2018

RIP Jordan Thorn

Dear friend, none closer at the Zen Center, Jordan died yesterday, Sunday morning. He'd been told not that long ago his cancer was gone but then it came back and it didn't take long. Sadness. - dc

Reason

-The reason why we wanted to practice zazen, putting strength in our tanden, is to realize what is true practice and what is not.---------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-12-01-A 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.