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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Same

As Buddha attained enlightenment, we will attain enlightenment. What Buddha was striving for is the same thing we are striving for because we have the same inmost nature as any human being. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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,.

Medical Checkups

This is just a boring report but for those who are concerned about cost and quality of medical care it might be interesting. That photo is Sangla Hospitol.

Last week went to Indra hospital for local residents and got my eyes and ears checked for whatever they check for. Was happy didn't have to replace the long distance glasses I got at Costco five or so years ago. Only use them for driving which I don't do and TV and museums. Same with short range - 2.75 holding steady. They gave me another pair of those.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Impossible

If you repeat the name of some scripture, you are liable to be bound by some teaching which was told by Buddha. But actually, it is impossible to authorize some teaching as the absolute teaching because something which is told by some particular person could not be absolute, even though it was told by Buddha. It may be impossible to authorize the teaching for human beings. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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 with the ZC board - 65

Shunryu Suzuki in early SFZC board notes - 1965

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Call

We are successors of Buddha. So, because we emphasize the practice of attaining enlightenment as Buddha did, we naturally put emphasis also on Sangha. By practice we will build our character as Buddha did. So that is why we call Shakyamuni Buddha's name. For us it is natural to repeat Shakyamuni Buddha's name rather than Amida Buddha's name or the name of a scripture. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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,.

Jane Hirshfield's On the Fifth Day powm getting international attention

One of the major German newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine, just published a piece about Jane's "On the Fifth Day" poem, which she read at the April 22nd March for Science (which should have been held earlier so that it could be the March March for science) In this article there's a framing of it as Buddhist,. It's of course in German but Google Translate seems to do a fairly reasonable job..That's Jane reading at the March. Here she is on Youtube at the DC March speaking and reading the poem.
The Washington Post's digital version of the poem is here:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Descendants

The Zen school repeats Buddha's name, but the emphasis is on Sangha, and they are not so concerned about the intellectual viewpoint or understanding. So we just repeat the founder's name and say namu Shakyamuni Butsu. When we say namu Shakyamuni Butsu, his scripture is included and his Sangha is also included; and we are a part of the Sangha. And even though we members of the Sangha are not direct disciples of Buddha, we are the descendants of Buddha. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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,.

Lew Richmond on Shunryu Suzuki

In Lion's Roar from Suzuki's birthday, May 18th (which I'd not thought of. One tiny error - he was born in 1904, not 1903 as printed also in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind till the 2000 edit. - dc) 
--------- Lew Richmond page on cuke - thanks Katrinka

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

School

Each school is based on some particular understanding or some standpoint. We do not take many standpoints in one school. In Japan, especially, we emphasize this point. This is not sectarianism. Once we take a standpoint, we should develop that standpoint through and through until we can understand various standpoints. At first, each way of understanding has its own insight. But if your understanding becomes higher and higher, you can see other standpoints with understanding at the same time. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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,.

How Many Minds are there?

 "The total number of minds in the universe is one." - Erwin Schrödinger, a Nobel prize winning physcist whose forte was quantum mechanics. He was also into Advaita Vedanta..

There are three neat comments on this quote at Quara.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Continuing from yesterday's Sangha quote

Also truth itself is Dharma, and the truth which is not divided into various forms is called Buddha, which is another interpretation of the three treasures. That kind of understanding is called “one body three treasures.” ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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 with the ZC board

Shunryu Suzuki in ZC board notes 1964 - before it was the SFZC

Saturday, May 20, 2017

fixed animal sacrifice link in yesterday's post


Animal Sacrifice

Katrinka and I were sitting at a table by the black sand and pebble and stone beach in Buitan. A small pura next door, a shrine. Local people had gathered for a ceremony - women in colorful sarongs, men in white with head wraps, kids sitting together near us. Katrinka said she wanted to leave now. The reason - she was anticipating they might start sacrificing some piglets. She'd seem them washed up on the beach after a ceremony there, their feet bound.  Our hostess says they throw them in the ocean that way during ceremonies. Just certain ceremonies. So we left. I've heard a lot about animal sacrifice here, about taking dogs, cats, cattle out in boats and coming back without them. Some have started the practice of not hobbling them so they have a good chance to get back. I read that Tannah Lot, one of the most famous temples here - and just below Trumps five or six star golf resort to be - has sacrifice with every ceremony..That photo's just off the web but it's just what the beach and kids looked like.

An article on Animal sacrifice in Bali - fixed this link

Harmony

People who join the practice with harmony and unity are called Sangha. So Sangha means not only Buddha's group, but also the state of harmony or unity. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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, May 19, 2017

Sangha

Whether Buddha appeared or not, there is truth. But if there is no one who realizes the truth, the truth means nothing to us. So in this sense we say the manifestation of truth is Sangha. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-11 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 in early Board Notes

Suzuki and points of interest in ZC board notes - 1962-3 - Back then the SFZC was just ZC.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Soft

So sometimes we say soft mind. Soft mind is nyu nan shin. Nyu is soft feeling. Nan is not hard. Something which is not hard is nan. Nyu is smooth, natural -- mind. When you have that mind you have the joy of life. When you lose it you lose everything. You have nothing. Although you think you have or because you think you have -- you have nothing. When you think you have nothing you have nothing. Do you understand? That is what we mean by naturalness. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 17, 2017

We’re Edging Closer To Nuclear War

Zazen

If you want to study Zen you should just practice zazen. That is naturalness. And see what kind of experience you have in your practice. That is naturalness. Whatever you do this attitude is necessary. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 16, 2017

Love

Some people insist on some idea. Recently the young generation talks about love. Love! Love! Love! Their minds are full of love. And when they study Zen, if what I say does not accord with the idea of love that they have, they will not accept it. They are pretty stubborn. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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,.

Styrofoam

Just stayed three nights in Buitan near Candidasa at hip Tania and Lempot's Lumbung Damuh where we've been a few times before. Walked down the black sand and pebble beach a few hundred yards to where it ends in rock and soil jutting out.  Past catamarans and beach shacks, a narrow stream running into the sea. When I got back I asked Tania where all that Styrofoam came from - and those big things - what are they? She explained. And this Facebook post explained it too. That photo is just one from that post. It's in Candidasa. Tania explained that those big things, as you see in the water to the left, are cement covered Styrofoam floats that they anchored out a ways to break the waves to impede shore erosion. Problem is they break loose and bust up. They were made at Buitan and floated up there and when that failed as in the picture they were returned to the water off Buitan where some broke loose and busted up. There are small and large pieces of Styrofoam littered along the beach and that's after the cleanup. The kids love playing on the beached float and were using large pieces of Styrofoam to float on in the pool in the stream.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Involved

When you do something you should be completely involved in it. You should devote yourself completely. Then you have nothing. If there is no true emptiness in your activity, that is not natural. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 13, 2017

Momentary Collective Freak Out

Was at the morning market, Pasar Sindhu in Sanur, at the stand where I get spices and suddenly it seemed all the women in the room were whooping, hollering, no words. It was over in half a minute. I've experienced that there before. The spice woman said someone was under too much stress so I took it to mean that one person had to start screaming and then all her compatriots join in to show support. It's pretty neat.  

Listen

When you listen to a lecture, you should not have any idea of yourself. You shouldn’t compare -- you should not have your own idea when you listen to others. You have to forget all what you have in your mind and listen to it. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 12, 2017

Nothingness or Emptyness

Everyone comes out from nothingness. Moment after moment we have true joy of life. So we say, “From true emptiness the wondrous being appears - shin ku myo mu. Shin is true, ku is emptiness, myo is wondrous, mu is being. From true emptiness wondrous being. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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,.

David Padwa on Gary Snyder

Posting a PDF of Sanskrit Coyote. Padwa writes: at the end of the 80s the sierra club decided to produce a festschrift to celebrate gary snyder's life/work. the editor asked me to contribute something for a dharma section. the book was published in 1991, never reprinted.

David Padwa page

Gary Snyder page

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Joy

This naturalness is very difficult to explain. But if you can just sit and have nothingness in your practice, whatever you do, coming out of the nothingness, that is the naturalness and that is true activity, because you have true joy of practice, true joy of life in it. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 10, 2017

Nap

So when you are very, very sleepy, to take a nap is natural. Even though you are not sleepy, to take a nap just because you are lazy, as if it is the privilege for human being to take a nap That is not naturalness. When we have this kind of idea or feeling -- when everyone is not working why should I work so hard? I must take a rest too. When they have a lot of money, why don’t I have some money. This is not naturalness. Our mind is entangled with some other's idea when it is not necessary. That is not naturalness. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 9, 2017

Water

We practice zazen as when we take water when we are thirsty. That is true practice. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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, May 8, 2017

Naturalness

Some feeling -- some quite new feeling -- when you just come out from nothingness for instance when you are quite hungry, to take some food is naturalness. You feel natural. But when you are expecting too much food is not natural. You have no new feeling. You have no appreciation for it. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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,.

A Stan White Drawing

Dokusan - on page five of Stan's Zen ink drawings. - thanks Rick Levine

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Natural

For a plant or stone to be natural is no problem. But for us there is some problem, or big problem even. So to be natural is a kind of problem which we must work on. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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,.

Burton Watson, 91, Influential Translator of Classical Asian Literature, Dies

NY Times - thanks Howie Klein and John Steiner


Friday, May 5, 2017

RIP Henry Schaeffer

Just learned of Henry's passing from a nephew of his. No details yet. Early Suzuki and later close Trungpa student, soft-spoken, modest. Check out his interviews here at his cuke page. - dc

Heretic

There is big misunderstanding about the idea of naturalness. Most people who come to us believe in some freedom or naturalness, but their understanding of naturalness is so-called heretic naturalness - some idea that there is no need to be formal or to be rigid, just a kind of ‘let-alone-policy’, or sloppiness. That is naturalness for most people. But that is not the naturalness we mean. It is rather difficult to explain what it is, but naturalness is, I think, some feeling which is independent from everything. That is naturalness. Or some activity which is based on nothingness. Something which comes out of nothing is naturalness. Like a seed or plant comes out from the ground. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-01 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,.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Impossible

You are doing something impossible, like trying to become a Buddha. Buddha is Buddha and you are you. You cannot become what you are not. You can’t escape yourself. If you give up all conscious deliberations, then you are left with your true self. It can’t be otherwise since one can’t escape from himself.  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-11-30 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 seeSms okay.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Real

Real zazen is always with you. It is to give up the idea of attaining enlightenment. Real zazen is nothing. Correct practice is action when you give up the idea of enlightenment. Give up gaining ideas and just sit– enlightenment will come.  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-11-30 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 seeSms okay.

A Matter of Local Concern

TRUMP’S INDONESIAN ALLIES IN BED WITH ISIS-BACKED MILITIA SEEKING TO OUST ELECTED PRESIDENT 


The president here, Jokowi, is like Indonesia's Obama - not perfect but admirable

thanks Camille, my niece in Oakland for passing this along. - It's a good site related to Glen Greenwald and Snowden's leaks etc. - DC 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stan White's Zen Ink Drawings

Training

Zen practice is not training in the ordinary sense. Ordinary training is to improve ourselves; zen practice is to be ourselves. The practice of stopping our minds is not an end– an aim in itself. It is a precondition for perceiving reality. When the mind is stopped, reality is there. It is impossible, however, to completely give up yourself. Even when you consciously give up everything, something is left. What is it?  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-11-30 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 seeSms okay.

Monday, May 1, 2017

RIP Stanley White

There was a memorial on April 30th for Stanley White and Bob Watkins at Hokoji. Barbara Meier sent me photos and that's how I learned Stan had died in Taos - at 96!. What a character. Read more and see photos at Stan's cuke page.

Beyond

The point is to go beyond merely deliberate conscious behavior. To consciously help others is a self-centered activity. Correct helping is an activity without self-centered purpose, without self-conscious aim. Similarly, self-conscious zazen will lead to problems– self-created problems. Such problems are natural for beginners, but because they arise naturally is no reason to be acquiescent about them.  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-11-30 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 seeSms okay.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Early SFZC Wind Bell Graphics

Ourselves

Religion is just to be ourselves. We can’t be really religious for others. But neither can we help ourselves without helping others.  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 66-11-30 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 seeSms okay.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Grahame Petchey in the Wind Bells

Click here to go there.

That's Grahame at Eiheiji in 1964

Selflessness

The most important point is selflessness. That is the most important thing to give or to attain. If selflessness is reached everything else will follow naturally, “Everything will be taken care of.” ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Entrance

Enlightenment is only the entrance to the way  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ten

Enlightenment is not the same for each person-although it is similar from person to person. Ten enlightened people have ten similar but different enlightenments. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Tony Artino Shunryu Suzuki lecture notes

Here's a chart with a list of fifteen Suzuki lectures that Tony Artino took notes on in 1966 and 67 at the old Bush Street zendo, Sokoji. Some are long and some are short. We have no other record of any of these lectures. I edited them all a little bit though the pre-edit transcripts are also there. Many of the daily Suzuki lecture excerpts have come from them recently and will for a while as they're the result of going through the material chronologically and most of what he wrote down qualifies to go up. Good stuff. Thanks Tony. - DC

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RIP Robert Pirsig

Condolences to his widow Wendy, son Ted, and daughter Nell. Pirsig was a sincere seeker of the truth, a supporter of Dainin Katagiri and the Minneapolis Zen Center for some time. He was supportive of Zen writers like Marian Mountain (Derby Wisberg) and me and others. The murder of his son Chris down the street from the SFZC City Center in 1979 was great sadness for him, his family, and those of us at ZC who knew and loved Chris. Farewell Robert and thanks for all. - dc

NY Times obitWikipedia -- Guardian obit

Together

If we live together there is actually not much need to speak to one another. We will understand. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Monday, April 24, 2017

New old entry in the Shunryu Suzuki lecture archive

Give up Gaining Ideas and Just Sit - one of the fifteen we have as notes from Tony Artino back in 66 and 67. (Spoiler alert) My favorite line in it is "Zazen is nothing." There are two places in the lecture archive where Suzuki says "zazen is nothing but our usual activity" and "nothing different from our monkey mind which looks lofty but it's not." But here in Tony's we have "zazen is nothing." Of course it's just a note and you're the final authority - so it's either nothing and/or no different from something.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sutra

In Soto Zen, there is no particular sutra upon which the school rests. It is felt that Buddha's essential teaching was to see into our own true nature; and the best way to see into our own nature is to practice zazen. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

front page NY Times today - featuring Jane Hirshfield. - thanks John Steiner 


On the Fifth Day - Jane's poem on the Presidency published in the Washington Post

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mudra (which two?)

Soto Zen mainly uses two mudras, and considers also that the whole body is a mudra when in the proper sitting position. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Three Dharma Pals featured in Dead Documentary

Marin Independent Journal entertainment columnist of many years, Paul Liberatore, yesterday reviewed a new documentary on the Grateful Dead called Long Strange Trip. Katrinka read it and pointed out that it mentions Dennis McNally (see photo), their publicist, and Barbara "Brigid" Meier who was a high school sweetheart and later fiance of Garcia. They both have SFZC creds and have been cuke contributors. Brigid was a Suzuki then a Trungpa student. They come up toward the end of the review. Steve Silberman is not mentioned in the review but thanks Brigid for letting me know he "figures highly in the film, is also a Zen practitioner and that he was at Naropa as Allen Ginsberg's assistant one summer."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Note after prior excerpt

(Suzuki's teacher Ian Kishizawa bowed so often that an area on his forehead became somewhat calloused. In his older age Kishizawa said, “Before I was a lion; now I am a cat.”)  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

The 2nd Sesshin at Sokoji

Here's a certificate for the first week long sesshin at Sokoji on August 22, 1960.

And here's the text from it, a new entry in the transcript archive.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bowing

Bowing is a very important practice for diminishing our arrogance and egotism. It is not to demonstrate complete surrender to Buddha. This practice is to help get rid of our own selfishness.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

The 1st sesshins at Sokoji

Shunryu Suzuki's  kanji for sesshin is on the cover of the certificate he gave to each participant in what he called The First Sesshin of Sokoji. It was two days in 1960 - February 20-21 - seven months after he'd arrived in the USA. A transcript of what he wrote has just been entered into the transcript archive with the filename 60-02-21. And here's a page for it on cuke - with a scan of the certificate. There's an overexposed Polaroid photo of the participants too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Particularness

 Even though Dogen's way is not based on a particular formal Buddha authority, it is still very particular. But Dogen's particularness is not based on any abstract religious or moral principles. His detailed teachings on behavior are based on practical considerations in everyday life as learned from experience by him and various Zen masters.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jean Ross in the Wind Bells

One of Shunryu Suzuki's first students who went to Japan in '62, to Eiheiji, a trailblazing Buddhist woman. Includes articles she wrote about her experience there. Check her out.

Soto

My school is the Soto School. The Soto School does not depend upon any particular teaching or idea. It follows Dogen's way, which is to resume our natural relationship with our essential mind. His way is not to follow any particular teaching or practice-but still, his way itself is very formal and deliberate. In his guidelines to disciples he even gives specific directives as to conduct in the toilet.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Yourself

It is not possible for a true religion to be limited to one school. When one school develops, it is at the same time the beginning of further divisions. This is not surprising since each one of us is unique. And religion strictly speaking is for yourself.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 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 seeSms okay.

Kelly Chadwick's Spirit Pruners soon at work at Tassajara

Check em out here

on his Facebook page

Kelly on left

Wakan or right.

Spirit Pruners

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sotan Tatsugami

He came from 13 years as ino at Eiheiji in charge of the zendo, ceremonies, discipline - and led three practice periods at Tassajara in 70 and 71. Here is a page for him that includes Wind Bell and Tassajara 25 Year Book excerpts. There will be more on his page in time. - dc

This photo not from the Wind Bell

Differences

You may think that the various religions of the world will, as a natural course of events, tend to become unified, until a single religion answers to the whole world. But this is not so, because such a tendency towards unity is not the natural way a religion develops. In Buddhism for example, there are many different sects or schools. These differences arose from the same teachings because of the differences in the way of life of those who studied the Buddha's teaching. In this way the one religion of Buddhism of the Buddha's time developed into the range of schools existing since then.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kobun Chino in the SFZC Wind Bells

Click here to go there.

Kobun was a wonderful person, a wonderful, kind teacher.

First

Practice is first understanding comes afterward. During zazen one's mind and body should be a unity. This includes keeping one's mudra in its correct shape, not letting one's mouth slack open, etc.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Breathing

(In this lecture Suzuki told of four breathing methods.) Two are shallow breathing and two are deep breathing. Of the two deep abdominal breathing ways, one is forcing strength into the abdomen in accord with its in and out movement. The second way is to put strength opposite to the natural in and out movement of the lower abdomen. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.

Sacha Stevenson

I love this Canadian woman. Here's a video from her, longer than usual, that's for both Indonesians and non Indonesians, more-so the former but great to hear, so it's in both Indonesian and English though the subtitles stop half way through - still a bunch of English after that but you can stop there too. The English translation of the title - It's Nice being Indonesian leaves out "According to a Caucasian." Enak is better than nice and includes tasty. And the Indonesian in the bit below the video says "Are you Indonesian? This is an opportunity to be grateful." She's got a zillion more on You Tube. This is not the first mention of her here. - dc

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dainin Katagiri in the SFZC Wind Bells

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Took off every little mention of him because it shows how integral he was to Zen Center back then. It wasn't all Suzuki. It was Suzuki and Katagiri. - dc

Rituals

Observing rituals is observing your own position. It is knowing where you are and what you are to do. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nothing

To find composure is to find ourselves in nothing, true nothing. This means forgetting about everything including our ideas of nothing. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.

Destruction

A wonderful poem by the recently late wonderful Joanne Kyger.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Element

Although the personal is the most important element in religion, the social element is also evident and important. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.

Shunryu Suzuki in the SFZC Wind Bells

Greatly increased the amount of excerpts from the Wind Bells thanks to the tireless efforts of Peter Ford in Tennessee. I start these little upgrading tasks thinking I can do my part in a day and then he'll optimize it in a few hours and two weeks and a zillion emails later I can just see how much more could be done.

Here's a page of excerpts focusing on Shunryu Suzuki - rather extensive of course.

That image is from fall of 1966.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wind Bell Suzuki transcript excerpts

Here's a Wind Bell that has three excerpts for the Shunryu Suzuki transcript archive. We just divided one entry into two because it came from two separate Suzuki lectures so that these could join those lectures' list of versions but also left it together as the Wind Bell excerpt.

Stable

Though it may seem that rationality is stable and emotion is unstable, the reverse is the truth. Deep emotion is much more stable than is rationality. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fundamental

One fundamental emotion is our desire to support our life. One should not try to create an intellectual excuse for an emotion and its problems. Most people don't know what deep emotional powers or problems are. Most people are conscious only of superficial emotions. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-26 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 seeSms okay.

Shunryu Suzuki lectures and comments in the Wind Bells

A reminder - On the page with all SFZC Wind Bells, are links to Shunryu Suzuki's lectures and comments. In this example, the Winter 1970 Wind Bell, there are four such excerpts. Working with these Wind Bells recently have noticed a few excerpts that weren't included such as Suzuki's eulogy for Trudy Dixon listed below. All this material is also at shunryusuzuki.com.