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Saturday, June 23, 2018

No Difference

There is no difference between our everyday life and our true practice.  ---------------------------------------------------- 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 22, 2018

Gain

We do not practice our way to attain something, but we practice zazen to be free from a dualistic gaining idea.   ---------------------------------------------------- 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.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pleasure

Whatever you do, that is actually our true practice. But you are pleased with the limited pleasure of the practice, and you do not know the boundless meaning of our everyday life.  ---------------------------------------------------- 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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Air

We are in the air, but we do not aware of where we are because we do not feel anything in the air. So you do not feel anything. But without air, we cannot live.  ---------------------------------------------------- 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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fish

Zazen practice is fundamental practice which you should not always lose. We say, “Because of our practice the mountain is high. Because of our practice, the sea is deep. Because of practice, bird flies. Because of practice, fish swims.” It is actually so, but fish do not know where he is. We do not know where we are. ---------------------------------------------------- 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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Usual

iI you think zazen practice will be the same as our usual practice, there there is big misunderstanding. ---------------------------------------------------- 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.

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.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rocks

If you want to go back to the nature, you should go back to the rocks on the top of the mountain [laughs]. That is much better than to be a bird, or cat, or even a lion. Be a rock. And sit forever, without being moved by rain, or snow, or storm. But weathered by rain and snow, rocks will tell us many stories. You may say that is just a rock. But buddha-nature, in its truest sense, reveals itself on weathered ancient rocks on the top of the mountain. ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Round and round

If you practice our way, your mind will become calm, and you will become healthy. So for that reason, many people are practicing zazen. But that is not [laughs], you know, true zazen. The form they take is zazen, but the way they practice or reason why they practice is not right. But if you know this point, you can practice our way with various idea too. But this point should not be forgotten, Because it means you started wandering about, you know-- going round and round [laughs], seeking for something. Because you do not know the meaning of everyday activity, you start seeking for something better. And you are going round and round, same place, seeking for something special.----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Blasphemous

As we do something, we do it just for sake of the activity, without any gaining idea, or without limiting the meaning of the activity. This is why we practice zazen. To think about what is zazen is already blasphemous. The only way is just to sit. So if it is so, there is no other way to understand what is zazen than just to sit. ----------------------------------------------------- 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 7, 2018

Dragon


We say we practice our way not for ourselves or not for others. We practice our way for sake of the way. There is no other reason why we practice our way. We just want to go back to our home like a dragon will resume its activity in water, like a tiger who came back to lie down in his own den.----------------------------------------------------- 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 6, 2018

Unperterubable

 Because you do not possess this kind of big mind, whatever you do does not make any sense. If you want to do something-- something pure and great, you should fix your mind-- unperturbable mind which does not move back and forth, or right or left, or successful or unsuccessful. Only with this conviction you can do something in its true sense.----------------------------------------------------- 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 5, 2018

Nothing

Even if you are a great hero, after you pass away, nothing will happen. You may think, “After my death, what will happen to this world?” [Laughing.] But nothing will happen to this world. The sun rise from the east and set in the west. Nothing will happen. Even though, you know, our earth is gone by atomic bomb, nothing will happen [laughs]. Nothing whatsoever happen to this cosmic scale.----------------------------------------------------- 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 4, 2018

Death

Why you become afraid of death is because you do not possess the big mind. Even though you become afraid of it, nothing will happen to you [laughing]. You know, everything will laugh at you. “Why you are afraid of it? Why you think you have gone? You are there, right here.” Everyone may say, you know-- for a time [laughs]-- they will say, “Oh, I am sorry. [Laughs.]” But that's all ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Death

 Originally, even if we die in our practice [laughs], we are going to our original home [laughs]. After death, where you will go? You will return to your home from where you came [laughing]. That's all. Nothing will happen to you. That's all right. Quite all right. ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Calm

Some people who sit for the first time in the calm place, I think will be afraid of the calmness of the sitting [laughs]. Your mind is so calm and surrounding is so calm. The experience you have is quite unusual, so someone will become afraid of it. But nothing will happen.  ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 31, 2018

Pain

When you have some pain in your legs, you will wonder what will happen to you if you sit more-- ten minutes more, or twenty minutes more. Nothing will happen [laughs]. Because you limit your mind, you know, the pain will do something with your practice. But if you have big, great power in your tummy, nothing can do that [laughs]. And nothing will happen to you. ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 30, 2018

Water

If it is the water in a cup, you can disturb it. But if it is ocean you cannot disturb it, even though you throw a stone in it. It doesn't make any sound. When you see the Pacific Ocean from above in the sky on the airplane, it is just, you know, calm water. You cannot do anything with it. This kind of mind you will have if you put strength in your tummy. That [laughs] is why I advise you to, you know, put strength in your tummy or tanden. ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 29, 2018

Tanden

How you practice this kind of practice is quite simple: to put your strength or power in your tummy, because actually if you have enough strength in your tanden, you will have big broad mind in which you can accept things. Whatever it is, you can accept things. And your mind is so broad and so big-- great that nothing can increase it, or nothing can disturb it. ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 28, 2018

Spoiling

We should know why we spoil our practice, and we should know how we are able to practice our way without spoiling it. So, as Dogen says, verbal interpretation of zazen or any kind of written teaching by means of  literature or talk or instruction -- if only by means of those instructions you cannot attain enlightenment. Only way is to practice your way without spoiling it.  ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Means

When you practice, when you do something, at least at that time that is Zen practice. So actually, as Dogen said, there is no particular enlightenment you will attain by means of some practice, because whatever you do, that is zazen. If so, you know, the means to attain enlightenment is also true practice. ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Spoil

For you who do something for others or for yourself, it is not Zen because you spoil your practice with your attachment, with your dualistic idea, with your discrimination, by comparing your practice to some other practice which you do or which someone else does. ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 24, 2018

RIP Jack Kamesar

Farewell dear Jack, a gentle soul, a good man. Condolences to Dahlia and Elan.

Jack Kamesar Sculpture

Fire and Spirit on Vimeo featuring Jack



Zen or not Zen

Whatever you do, it is Zen, actually. At least when you are doing, that is Zen. But your understanding of your everyday activity is not right because of misunderstanding your practice or misunderstanding or discrimination of the practice or attachment to your activity. Your activity is not Zen any more to you [laughs]-- only to you [laughs]. But actually it is Zen. Whatever you do, that is Zen. ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 23, 2018

Recommending

There is a reason why we should not compare our practice to other-- many kinds of practice. As Dogen Zenji said, in his Fukanzazengi-- Recommending Zen Practice to Every One of Us-- Fukanzazengi-- he recommends this practice to every one of us. And he said, first of all, whatever you do, that is zazen. It is not some special training or some special way of practice. ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Tassajara's Altitude

Photo from the Tassajara History page - thanks ZMC director Carolyn Cavanaugh for sending it.

From A Brief History of Tassajara  by Marilyn McDonald (Cuke Press 2018)

Marilyn used 1539 feet as the altitude of Tassajara surely because that’s the number on the geological survey marker embedded in sandstone at the steps to the old hotel. On January 19, 1981, the US Geological Survey entered 1637 feet as the official altitude in the Geographic Names Information System.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ram Dass talks about David Padwa

In a 1980 Albuquerque Sun interview

More on David if you scroll up from that interview on his cuke page.

That's David on one of his mt. climbing trips, maybe in Nepal

Don't Compare

Our practice - zazen practice - should not be compared with any other practice or training. It does not mean, even if I say so, that Zen is something special or Zen is superior to any other teaching. ----------------------------------------------------- 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, May 21, 2018

Rohatsu sesshin first lecture opening

In this sesshin, as I said this morning, our practice will be concentrated on putting power in your hara or tanden. This is not just a technique of practice, but the underlying idea is very deep. ----------------------------------------------------- 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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

John E. Nelson college Zen paper

The Institutional Development of Zen in America from 1893 - a 1973 paper by John E. Nelson when he was at the University of Michigan. Now immortalized on cuke.com with listings on the Early Papers and Others Contribute pages.

Help People

To help people, in its true sense, is just to join their life, and lead their life as they do, and to be always friend of others. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 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, May 18, 2018

Already have

When you have some idea of achievement, it is already something which you will achieve. So that is not what you have right now. Achievement should be something you already have, and how to have it  is to forget all about the idea of self or to be one with the surroundings. That is how to achieve our goal. Our goal is right here, not somewhere else or in the future. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 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, May 17, 2018

Achieve

Actually we do not achieve anything in our practice. Just to be ourselves on this moment is the way. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 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, May 16, 2018

Real

Without knowing what is real, without any real understanding of anything [laughs, laughter], sacrificing the most valuable present living moment. This is what we are doing and not only do we lose the true meaning of our life, we are creating problems for ourselves who exist only in present moment. This is the big problem for human being. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 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, May 15, 2018

Concentrated

Our life should be concentrated on each moment-- without much prejudice or one-sided, rigid view. ----------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 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, May 14, 2018

Flexible

The most important thing is to have more flexible mind, which you can observe things as it is and accept things as it is without any prejudice or one-sided idea. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-06 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.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Good.

One year of life is good. One hundred years of life is good. If you continue our practice you will attain this stage. But at first you will have various problems in your practice and it necessary for you to make some effort to continue our practice. Practice without effort is not true practice for the beginner. For the beginner the practice needs effort. So whatever we do that is practice-- that is Zen. So if you think it does not matter whether you practice or not -- that kind of understanding is completely mistaken. If you continue, whatever you do, that is practice. If you do everything with this purpose and this idea that is practice. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 11, 2018

Talking about someone who has terminal illness

Knowing that his life is just two or three years time to enjoy day after day, moment after moment that is the life is form is form and emptiness is emptiness. When Buddha comes you will welcome him; when devil comes you will welcome him. Like Ummon said, ‘Sun-faced Buddha, and Moon-faced Buddha.” When he was ill someone asked him, “How about you?” And he said, “Sun-faced Buddha and Moon-faced Buddha”. That is the life of form is form and emptiness is emptiness. There is no problem. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 10, 2018

Trying

Trying to be free from the suffering of duality - this is the practice of form is emptiness or emptiness is form. Because that is true so we want to have that actual realization in our life. But of course this practice will help you and if you practice it and believe in it that is true, and realizing that to be concerned about this life or that life is wrong, still you are making effort. Maybe that will help you, of course, but that is not perfect practice. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 9, 2018

Empty

We naturally -- originally we are empty beings. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 8, 2018

Whatever

Whatever we do that is zazen. If it is so there is no need to say so. So when you sit you will just sit without being disturbed by your painful legs or sleepiness. That is zazen. But at first it is very difficult to accept things as they are. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 7, 2018

Restriction

When you say, “Whatever I do that is Buddha nature, so it doesn’t matter what I do, and there is no need to practice zazen” that is already dualistic understanding of our everyday life. If really it doesn’t matter there is no need for you even to say so. As long as you are concerned about what you do, that is dualistic. If you are not concerned about what you do you will not say so. When you sit, you will sit. When you eat you will eat. That’s all. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Restriction

To find your own way under some restriction is the way of practice. It does not mean that whatever you do that is zazen. Or even lying down that is zazen. When your mind is not restricted by restriction that is what we mean by practice. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 4, 2018

Follows

Your mind follows your breathing and with your full mind you form the mudra in your hands; with your mind you sit with painful legs without being disturbed by them. This is to sit without gaining idea. At first you feel some restriction in your posture but when you find you are not disturbed by the restriction that is actually what we mean by emptiness is emptiness and form is form. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 3, 2018

Stop

To stop your mind does not mean to stop your activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-11-02 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, May 2, 2018

RIP Shaku Daijo

Sad to learn that Daijo died.
Daijo was at Sogenji in Japan for much of the time Elin and I lived next door. Later I'd visit him in Kyoto at  a subtemple of farmous Ryoanji.  He was a most sincere student who practiced many years in Japan and, with his wife Ursula, opened Daishu-in West in Humbolt County California.

Farewell dear Daijo.

That's his calligraphy. - thanks E.H. Mann for sending it.