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Friday, January 9, 2015

Lama Anagarika Govinda and Shunryu Suzuki at Tassajara - SR0015 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Click on thumbnail to enlarge.

I thought for a while about the meaning of the word worship. It's one of those terms with a lot of baggage from religious approaches I found unappealing. We never used it my home where the emphasis was on knowing that mind, as in big mind, is all and perfect. But I knew there had to be a meaning for the word that made sense to me. I determined that it could only mean something in the realm of to be aware and thus not lost in thought. Shunryu Suzuki said that we worship whatever it is we're doing. I liked that. Here are some comments from Suzuki using the phrase "object of worship." - DC

It's best not to kiss in public here in Bali. Nobody will do anything. It's not like India where it's illegal. But they don't do it. I'm including just a little peck. When Katrinka's son Seth spent the night climbing Mt. Agung, the guide asked a couple of questions about Westerners. One was, why do we kiss in public? Everything's so loose here it's easy to forget but we don't forget anymore.  - posted in Saunters