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Thursday, July 18, 2024

No Particular Way

We have perhaps too many students in this zendo. But even if a master has only two or three students, they will never tell you our way in detail.... There is no particular way for us, because each one of us are different from the other.

Tassajara Fall Practice Period 1975

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Apologies to Stan White (RIP)

The prior post with the drawing of the sleeping monk falsely attributed the art to Philip Whalen. That's been corrected but for those who read that already, the artist was Stan White who drew a zillion pieces along that vein. Check them out at the 

Stan White cuke page with links to many of his drawings.

and thanks t0 Beverly Horowitz for the heads up

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Limiting

Some of you may try hard to study something if you like it. If you don’t like it, you don’t. You ignore it. That is not only a selfish way, but also it’s limiting the power of your study. So, you always live in a limited world. You cannot accept things as it is.

Drawing by Stan White
Stan White cuke page with links to many of his drawings.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

thanks for the heads up to Beverly Horowitz that we originally had attributed the drawing incorrectly to Philip Whalen.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Cover

Whatever you do, you will not waste your time. But when you do something with some limited idea or some definite purpose, what you will gain is some concrete thing which will cover your inner nature. So, it is not a matter of what you study, but a matter of gaining the faculty to see things as it is, to accept things as it is, to understand things as it is.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Monday, July 15, 2024

That Attitude

It looks like a waste of time [laughs, laughter], but it is not so. That attitude [to study with no purpose] is important. If you continue to try to seek in that way, more and more you will gain power to understand things.

Joanne Kyger

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Sign at Baths at Tassajara

 

photo by Frank Kilmer


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Teresa Rivera started reading books about Eastern religion while living in France. She found what she was looking for when she started sitting with Taisen Deshimaru's group in France. In 1973 she arrived at the San Francisco Zen Center. She practiced for years at Tassajara and Green Gulch. She just turned 90. Hear about all that and more in our podcast - http://cuke.com/f.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Drinking Sake

If some Zen master drinks a lot of sake, you may think the best way to obtain enlightenment is to take a lot of sake, and then you will attain enlightenment. But even though you take a lot of sake as he does, you will not attain enlightenment [laughs, laughter].

Group photo from Garuda - From left-to-right: Unknown, Karl Usow, Trungpa Rinpoche, Henry Schaeffer

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Studying

If you want to study something, it’s better not to have any purpose—to study without knowing how to study or knowing what Buddhism is.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Seeking

When you are seeking for something, your true nature is in full activity, like someone who is in the dark seeking for his own pillow because he lost it. In the dark—so you don’t see anything, but you’re seeking for the pillow you lost. At that time, your mind is in full function. But if you know where the pillow is, your mind is not in full function. Your mind is acting in a limited sense. But if you don’t know where the pillow is, you are just seeking, and your mind is open to everything. In that way, you will see things as it is.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-15 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.