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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Universality

That which you will attain through experience will be some universality. But some accurate, substantial, solid, tangible feeling, or meaning cannot be attained by experience. So we put emphasis on validity rather than universality. This validity could be acquired through right meditation. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Monday, March 18, 2019

RIP Lee de Barros

I just learned that Lee de Barros has died - on March 6th in hospice care. He was a good, gentle man Condolences to Martha de Barros and family. Here's a piece that his step-daughter Maria wrote on Facebook.

Seido Lee deBarros was a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi Soto Zen lineage. He served as a Buddhist chaplain at San Quentin prison and as a minister to the homeless and to hospice patients. - from SFZC.org

Experience

Even though you repeat same experience over and over, that result of experience is still experience, and that is not-- that cannot be the perfect truth.  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Wind Bell Search

The Wind Bell (of the SFZC) search page now has categories. Thanks Peter Ford.

Highest Sutra revamp

For those who receive these posts by email, the Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpt published March 15th titled Highest Sutra was accidentally published before it was ready to go up. So here's how it should have read. Unfortunately, you don't get edits and corrections of posts once they go out to you. Thanks. - DC

Then how?

Through intellectual understanding, you may have the universal truth. You may understand what is universal truth by induction or by experience or by thinking. But the wisdom which we mean cannot be acquired through thinking or by experience.  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Highest Sutra

...to the Mahayana Saddharmapundarika Sutra. This sutra is supposed to have highest teaching of Buddha as well as the Avatamsaka Sutra. 

[DC comment: Of course at other times other sutras are said to be the highest such as the Heart Sutra. Bodhidarma is said to have brought only the Lankavatara Sutra with him from India. But the Theravada people wouldn't agree as they don't recognize any Mahayana Sutras.] --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sustainable Suzy post moved

Accidentally put the Sustainable Suzy post here on Cuke What's New which is for Zen/Shunryu Suzuki/Cuke Archives posts, mainly Suzuki lecture excerpts. Now it's where it was supposed to go - on Cuke nonZense.

Many Worlds

[We recited the sutra to] all buddhas past, present, and future all over the world.

Here “world,” this “world” is not just this human world. There are many worlds. So this “world” means worlds-- various worlds. 
 --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Vairocana

Nirmanakaya Buddha, Sambhogakaya Buddha, and Dharmakaya Buddha are actually one. In this way we understand Buddha. And here, instead of Buddha, the name Vairocana Buddha is here. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Realization

If we put emphasis on the truth itself, rather than its spiritual or physical being, that is Dharmakaya Buddha. Although he is the embodiment of the truth, without practice he cannot attain enlightenment or he cannot express the truth. Only when he actually practice the truth, the truth will be realized. Realization of the truth will take place in this sense. We called him then Sambhogakaya Buddha. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Triple Treasure

Buddha as the truth is Dharmakaya Buddha. Buddha as rewarded body is Sambhogakaya Buddha. And Buddha which takes various form to help people is Nirmanakaya Buddha.  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant  - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lecture on the Meal Chant

So we have here Buddha and sangha and dharma. So to recite those names actually-- if you recite those names with a deep understanding, you are practicing the Buddha's way.   --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture on the Meal Chant - 68-01-11B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Fancy Robes

The great teachers are doing, you know, just enough, and not too much! [Laughs]. Sometimes they wear gorgeous okesa, and beautiful hat, and long staff, beautiful sandal, and beautiful whisk.

You may think, "That is too much!" [Laughs].

Maybe too much, but why they do so is people like it, you know. [Laughter]. 
 --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Chronicles Project features A Brief History of Tassajara

The Chronicles Project of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche posted a nice piece on our dear little Tassajara history book. Check it out.

It's available now on Amazon new for $15.





Thursday, March 7, 2019

Nyepi

It's Nyepi - can't do anything. Can't even post this but it's pre-posted so that's okay. Will return to posting tomorrow. Google it to understand.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Just Right

Our rules are just right. If you try to do more, you will be exhausted. You cannot keep up your practice for seven days and eventually you will give up. That is the result, you know?  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Too Hard

Student: You said that during practice, a student can do ... must be careful not to do too little or too much.

SR: [Laughs].

Student: As an example of too little, you said he might fall asleep. But what do you mean by too much? How is it possible to do too much or try too much?

SR: Too hard, you know, too hard.

Student: What would be an example...

SR: To get up, you know, too early, you know, before other students in bed, you know. To get up early and to sit – that is not good practice!
 --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC [DC note: This was a lesson Suzuki learned when he was a young monk as told in Crooked Cucumber.]

Monday, March 4, 2019

Business

So, if you know how to take care of your practice, you will know how to take care your business, you know, in its true sense. Sometime businessman doesn't take care of his own business [laughs]. He take care of something quite different! You know? Beautiful girls, or bank books [laughter]. That is a problem! You know? --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Take care.

Student: So no one should practice alone?
SR: Hmm? No. No individual, no... no... no practice just for yourself. No. To take care of zendo is practice. To take care of your own teaching is practice. We understand practice in that way. How you know how to take care of your kitchen is how you sit. Even though you sit, you have many problems, you know. Drowsiness, pain in your legs, and posture, and you have to take care of your breathing, and your posture should not be like this, you know (slumping), you should be always straight. There's many things to take care of, in your practice. We are not just sitting on cushion, you know, [laughs] sleeping. We are taking care of everything. Just you take care of your family, your wife or husband, your children. That is real practice, you know.  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Surrounding

Yourself, you know, will be found in your surrounding. You will be always completely absorbed in what you see - if you are not fooling yourself. If you exist here, you know, that is very true. So, so we have no individual practice, in its usual sense. Our individual practice include everything. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Society

Student: I have something that has come up in talking about Western religious quests versus Eastern religious quests, and one thing that I've heard people say is that Zen is more interested in the individual alone, and not so much in the society.

SR: [Laughs]. You know, on the other hand, bodhisattvas say, you know, "I will not rest until all sentient beings are saved."

Student: What is Zen's concern with society as a whole?

SR: Society, as a whole?

Student: You know, or all of the people in the country. Or, all of the people in the world.

SR: All over the world...

Student: Everyone being...
SR: All beings including stone, and trees, and everything, you know, that is our way. Not only human beings. That is, you know, so we are not intensity?? individual practice, so-called it individual practice. We do not acknowledge any self, you know. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Two

Dogen Zenji says, "Two important things are to practice zazen and to ask advice from your teacher." --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Alone

So, after you start, you know, after you know pretty well about your practice, you can do it alone, maybe. You can do it alone, but always you should have cross-contact with more matured practice - because there is no definite, you know, concrete way of practice. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Fooled

 Maybe we want to be fooled by something, you know, to escape actual suffering.--------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Escape

We try to escape from something or we rely on something. We want to make ourselves happy, you know, without, making ourselves really happy. --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, February 22, 2019

Complete SFZC Wind Bell index with links to each item

Wind Bell Contents Search page - Search by issue, author, or key word

1961 - 2012

Just completed - thanks Peter Ford

Courage

We have not much courage to face or to satisfy ourselves with a cup of water. We are trying to put sugar in it or to sell something. And it is not just exactly what I want, you know. Maybe I want a cup of plain water more!  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer- 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following yesterday

Why it is so hard is because we are trying to escape from it. Yeah. We should suffer more, maybe. We will not lose in suffering, but if we try to escape from it, you will be caught by it. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer - 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Honest and Direct

I hope people will become honest and more direct, you know? That is really the, you know, root of the problems.  --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki question and answer - 68-00-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Not in Vain

To make our effort to find out what is real practice is not in vain and I am so grateful for students in Tassajara, and the students who practice in Los Altos, in the Bay Area, and recently at Mill Valley, too. They are making a big effort. And we are now in the state to find out the real meaning of our practice. After making a big effort to find out what is zazen we are finding out what is -- we almost find out what is true zazen. And why we should practice our way in this cross-legged position like Buddha did, and the understanding of our practice which was given to us by Buddha.  --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-14 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Brief History of Tassajara widely available

The third printing of A Brief History of Tassajara is now available at Amazon for $15 new.  It can also be ordered from bookstores via Ingram Books.

Cuke Press Amazon.com link for this book

Cuke page for this book

It hasn't been widely available for a while due to switching printing and distributing method.

Also available at the San Francisco Zen Center's three centers: Tassajara Zen Mt. Center, the City Center Bookstore at 300 Page St. in SF, and Green Gulch Farm in late July. It can be ordered from the SFZC Bookstore or the 3rd printing from any bookstore via Ingram Books.

Best Way

At Tassajara we have a very difficult time to practice our way. For almost one year we are trying very seriously to practice our way and the more we make our effort to practice our way, we are involved in big problems. You can see what we are doing at Tassajara. There are more than forty people and they each have their own understanding of Zen, more or less. “This is Zen”. “This is Zen”. That is the trouble. Because you practice zazen you cannot practice; you cannot have Tassajara. Even though they are there they cannot do it. Why? Because they practice zazen. So I think the best way is not to practice zazen -- (laughter). Just to live in Tassajara, like a bird. Then you can practice zazen. Birds or badgers know what is zazen better than students in Tassajara. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-14 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Saturday, February 16, 2019

A Little more on that Vipassana Retreat

Or Cake

Because it is something which was given to us, that gift is not only just something which we see. It looks like something like mountain, or water, or cake, or something else. It looks like so. But we don’t know exactly what it is. So before we understand what it is, the only way is to accept it and to practice it. That is actually true practice, or else you cannot practice our way. Even though you have complete zendo you cannot practice. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, February 15, 2019

Mountain Flowing

Gift from Buddha is not only water but also mountain is a gift. So that mountain is not always mountain. To us it is mountain but to a bird it is their home. There may be various merits or virtues of the mountain, so (Fuyo Dokei zenji?) says, ‘The east mountain is flowing and the river stays.’ Water stays and mountain flows. We think mountain is something which is always staying in some certain place, but there may be some person who sees the mountain flowing and water staying. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Accept

So, day by day, we practice our way, as a gift. And we accept it when it is given to us. So there is no wonder that the same gift Buddha gives us everything according to the people and the situation -- when they are in Hell the gift will be fire. For celestial beings the gift will be the jewel. For fish gift will be the house. And there may be many kinds of gifts from Buddha, according to the people, according to the nature of people. In this way, when you understand our way in this way there is no problem and this is the way to practice our way. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

More

On the Vipassana retreat mentioned yesterday

Treasures

Even though there are various treasures, if they are not given to you, you cannot accept them. And the way to accept it is to accept it when it is given to you. You cannot say, ‘I will accept it tomorrow”. You cannot say, ‘I can accept it yesterday’. The only way is to accept it right now, when it was given to you, then tomorrow something new will be given to you. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

January Vipassana Retreat Report

Gift

Even though there are various treasures, if they are not given to you, you cannot accept them. And the way to accept it is to accept it when it is given to you. You cannot say, ‘I will accept it tomorrow”. You cannot say, ‘I can accept it yesterday’. The only way is to accept it right now, when it was given to you, then tomorrow something new will be given to you. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, February 11, 2019

Water?

Then what is our zazen? Or what is water? This may be another -- the next question you will have; if zazen is not zazen, what is that which we are practicing everyday? This will be the next question. Here Dogen Zenji says, ‘This is Buddha’s activity, some activity which was given to you.’ Tentatively the water is not water actually; it is something which was given to you. Our practice is not something which you can understand because it is something which is given to you. You didn’t make it; you did not invent it; you did not practice zazen through and through. But the reason why you can practice it is just because it was something which was given to you. So this practice is possible because Buddha gave this practice to us. So there is no reason why we do not know what it is, but because it was given to us we have to receive it, we have to accept it. That is just why we practice zazen. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found 

David Schneider writes

Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Water story

Yesterday, when I was preparing for the evening lecture (in San Francisco) although I tried to find out something to talk about, I couldn’t find out anything so I was just reading. And I thought of the story which I was told in Obun Festival when I was young. The story is about the water or the story is about the people in Hell.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Suzuki begins lecture at Los Altos thus

It’s been a pretty long time since I saw you. I am still studying hard to find out what is our way. Recently I reached the conclusion that there is no Buddhism or there is no Zen or anything. --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-014 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Concluding Statement for the Q & A Shosan Ceremony

SR: Yakusan Zenji-- Yakusan Zenji did not give lecture for a long time. The monks asked him to give them lecture. Yakusan Zenji mounted on-- on the altar, and seeing every monk one by one, and came down from the altar, and went back to his own room again. A monk asked-- a monk who was responsible for the zendo asked him why did he-- didn't he give any lecture? Yakusan said, there is a master-- there is scripture master or Buddhist philosophy master, and I am master of Zen. Don't wonder who I am, he said.

Zen monks are Zen monks because they are speaking in fluently without saying anything-- just by everyday activity. That is how Zen student should be. That is why I said Buddha started giving teaching when he attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in the country of Magadha. We should not forget this point.

And we should take care of our practice, not only zazen practice but only-- whatever we do in Tassajara. I am very grateful for you to observe our way in various way without asking why we do that or why we should do this. Whatever you do, that is our practice. There you will find out yourself. Our practice is valuable because we can find out ourselves on what you do in that moment.

Thank you very much.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Observes

Student II: Docho Roshi, who observes our way?
SR: You observe our way. When you observe our way everything observes our way. So our way is universal way, and at the same time your own way.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

An Interview with Jane Hirshfied

A Continuously Accidental and Precarious Thing - from Marsh Hawk Press. The title of the interview is a quote from the interview about how she sees her poetry. She has a wonderful way with words. This interview is not dated which I think is not cool but they didn't ask me. - DC

Know Jane through Zen Center and friendship since. He has been a helpful reader/editor of my books. If you search for "hirshfield" in the cke.com site search box you'll see a ton of links come up. Thanks Jane. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Neither Mind nor Buddha

Student HH: Docho Roshi, neither mind nor Buddha, what is this?

SR: Neither mind nor Buddha points out the real Buddha because we are caught by the word of Buddha. If we say “Buddha,” we want to find out where is Buddha, when Buddha is right here. So “neither mind nor Buddha,” we say.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, February 4, 2019

David Schneider post opps

Will link to Dwelling Place of Our Ancestors soon. That was a post in progress that wasn't supposed to go up yet. Hang on. - DC

Avoid

Student GG: Docho Roshi, if everything changes, why is there always suffering?

SR: Because of change. Change itself is suffering. Change is essential nature for everything, suffering cannot be avoided. There is no way to avoid it. If you know there is no way to avoid it, there is our relief.
 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sangha

Student FF: Docho Roshi, who are the sangha?

SR: We are. Those who are in Tassajara is sangha-- in limited sense. But all of us-- all sentient being are sangha.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, February 1, 2019

Now?

Student EE: Docho Roshi, what now?

SR: Now. Don't ask me. Now is now. You have now. I have my own now. That is why now is so important. It is beyond question and answer.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wind Bell presentation upgrade

All the Wind Bells of the SFZC have been available on cuke.com with many excerpts and all of Suzuki Roshi's lectures from the linked to from one page. They're presented with searchable PDFs and there has been a Contents page but it only listed the major stuff and what the Wind Bells listed in contents But now they are getting indexed with a thorough contents listing and a link from each listing to the article or item. 1966 through 1978 is done. The rest will be added little by little. See the Wind Bell Search page. - thanks Peter Ford for this amazing job. 

Thank you

Student DD: Docho Roshi, thank you for coming to the United States. Thank you for bringing us your teaching. And thank you for showing me this new life and our way. Thank you very much.

SR: Thank you. 

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pass

Student CC: Docho Roshi, snow is piled deep in the mountain pass making it nearly impenetrable. How do we pass from here?

SR: If you want to pass, you can. There is no difficulty in passing through. Is there any difficulty? I don't think so.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Thoughts

Student BB: Docho Roshi, to do it all in the present moment, and to be totally involved in the present moment, and yet it seems so impossible with so much feeling and so many thoughts. It seems so impossible.

SR: Too many thoughts is all right. That is not the point. The point is to be concerned about too many thought or no thought. All thought-- all the thought you have is one thought or no thought. I am not saying to stop your activity. I am not counting how many thought you have. All the thought you have is originally one thought. If it is one thought, that is no thought.

Student BB: Thank you very much.

SR: So don't be concerned about the thought you have. Don't be bothered by it. You should think. To think is all right, but to be bothered by it or to discriminate good thought or bad thought is bad.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, January 28, 2019

Not Answered?

Student AA: Docho Roshi, there is no question that is not answered before it is asked. Have I spoken truly?

SR: Excuse me, I couldn't follow you.

Student AA: There is no question that is not answered--

SR: That is not answered.

Student AA: -- before it is asked.

SR: Mm-hmm. Every questions is answered when you ask question already.

Student AA: Thank you very much.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Rob Gove

A page for Rob Gove, an old student who does marvelous sculpture.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Instant?

Student Z: Docho Roshi, automobile go to San Francisco, jet plane to New York, rockets to the moon. Where does instant mind go when it's not here?

SR: Instant?

Student Z: Instant mind.

SR: Inst- -- ?

Student Z: Where does the mind go--

SR: When?

Student Z: -- when it's not here?

SR: Mind does not go or come back. Mind is always here.

Student Z: Thank you very much.

SR: The mind which [goes] wandering about is not true mind.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, January 25, 2019

Serve?

Student Y: Docho Roshi, you have told me at first I must serve in calmness.

SR: Serve?

Student Y: Serve in calmness others.

SR: Mm-hmm.

Student Y: Is the boss that is illumined by the mind['s] calmness only a small boss?

SR: There is actually no small or big boss. When you call any boss, that is your boss. Because you think this is big boss or great boss, your practice is not any more true practice. Don't be involved in good or bad, high or low. Just do what you should do at that moment. 
 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Right and Wrong wrong

Student X (Ed Brown): Docho Roshi, I have many questions. But they seem to come and go, and they don't seem very important. And everyone seems to have worked very hard during sesshin.

SR: The question is not-- should not be about whether it is right or wrong. Right now, the most important thing is to find what is the most important thing. Still, your question is directed to wrong direction. You are asking yourself for others, which is not important. The most important thing is to find-- to be involved in what you do-- what you are doing now, without thinking “good” or “bad.” Stop asking-- stop thinking, and devote yourself to your kitchen work. Whatever people say, or whatever you yourself say, you should not be concerned about it. 
 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Necessary

Student W: Docho Roshi, is it necessary-- words, questions, or even thinking?

SR: For you it may not be necessary. Continue your practice.

Student W: Thank you very much.

[Long pause.]

SR: I know what you mean. Go and rest. Go and rest.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ponder

Student V: Docho Roshi, should we think or ponder about our problems or anything?

SR: Yes you should. But if you want to think in its true sense, you should resume to the area where you do not think. That is pure practice.

Student V: Thank you very much.

SR: Your thinking should not be based on unreal foundation.

 --------------------------------------------------  " Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki shosan ceremony - 67-12-07 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, January 21, 2019

Outside

Student U: Docho Roshi, we can succeed in directing our effort inside. How can there be anything outside our effort?

SR: There is no inside or outside. We say our effort should be directed towards inside, but why we say is to suggest to you the direction. One arrow will get through past, present, and future: the three worlds. And the arrow will continuously go forward. Don't think the arrow is always going outward. To go outward, one thousand miles means going back one thousand miles. So don't think there is outside or inside in our practice.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Save Self

Student T: Docho Roshi: When a person has saved himself or herself, has that person also saved the world?
SR: Yes. Whole universe will be saved. If it is not so, he did not save himself or save others.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Great Sages

Student S: Docho Roshi, what is it that the great sages have said speaks when you are silent, yet is silent when you speak?

SR: Great sages always, incessantly are giving teaching, not only through his mouth, but also by his blinks of eyes, walking, sitting, lying down. Always he is showing the truth.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

No and Yes

Student R: No beginning, no end. No teacher, no student. No and yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, no, no, yes, yes, yes, no.

SR: That's right. 


Student R: Thank you very much.


SR: Don't forget you said “yes.” Do not forget that you said “yes” with “no.”

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cause

Student Q: Docho Roshi, what is the fundamental cause of the universe? 

SR: Cause of youness?

Student Q: Universe.

SR: Hmm?

Student Q: Universe.

SR: Universe. Ah, we do not discuss about it because there is no beginning or no end for the universe.

Student Q: Thank you very much.

DC Comment: What he means here is not that the particular physical universe has no beginning or end, but that there will always be samsara, form of some sort.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Home

Student P: Docho Roshi, how or why has this come about that we can feel that we have lost our home and make the journey-- what we think is a journey to return to it? How-- why-- why is this? 

SR: Your feeling is opposite. You think you started your journey from home, but real home is here. Don't go wandering about to various countries.

Student P: I understand that, but I wonder why it is that we do that?

SR: Because you feel you started your journey from your home, which is not true home. It was not true home.

Student P: Thank you very much.

SR: You must feel as if you came back to your home right now. 


DC comment: Here's another traditional approach, that of the home-leaver. That was reserved for monks, But one's true home include's one's home with family.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Dependency

Student O: Docho Roshi, as I accept you as my teacher more and more, I find more and more a growing dependency on you in that role, and I'm afraid of this. What can I do about it?

SR: There is no need to be afraid of being a part of me. Don't be afraid of me, and try to study hard.

Student O: But what happens if something happens to you, and you can't be our teacher any more?

SR: That cannot be happen. I am always with you forever. 

DC comment: This is the 2nd time in this shosan ceremony that Suzuki has said this sort of thing. It's a common way that spiritual teachers express themselves but not very common in Zen. Here, when he says "I," he's referring to the absolute and not to the person who is born and dies, or, to use his terminology, to big mind. This approach is reassuring and I think it's true, that what's real about him is the unborn, but it also seems to me to be conducive to misinterpretation, thinking that some being who's called Suzuki now will stay with you forever. Jesus in the Bible used that approach as in, "I am the way, the truth, and the light, and it was turned into deifying him as an individual by the vast majority of Christians, though I was fortunate to be raised on New Thought Christianity which is among a number of approaches that didn't do that.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Save

Student N: Docho Roshi, why did you and why did all the buddhas and patriarch try to teach and save others?

SR: Try to teach what?

Student N: Why did they teach and try to save others?

SR: Save others. Because all of them are part of them.

[DC note: Hmm. Maybe need to go back to the audio and see if maybe he said something else. See if you can find it.]


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Off for a while

I'm off to a Vipassana retreat at Brahmavihara Arama (BVA) in Singaraja regency. It's led by a nun, bhikkhuni we say here but she uses ayya instead. Ayya Santini. She's from Java and was ordained at BVA by the founder, Girirakkhito, from Bali. Here's an article on her and here's an interview: Reviving the Bhikkhuni Sangha in Indonesia. She's somewhat controversial because she's taking a lead where women are supposed to just follow. The other three Vipassana retreats I've done at BVA have been led by monks from Myanmar. And all practice a type of Vipassana meditation like the temple's founder that is compatible with zazen, emphasizing the hara though they don't use that word. 

Take care. DC

Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts will continue daily except Sunday.

Question

Student M: Docho Roshi, how can I stop to ask a question?


SR: Originally there is no need to ask a question. Your active mind bring about many questions. So the point is to practice our pure way. Then at least at that time you have no question.


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