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Saturday, September 14, 2019

More on the Arroyo Seco Waterfall Rescue Spot

Adding on to the post of Sept 11 about the family saved on the Arroyo Seco River

Image from this page. More there and lots more if search Arroyo Seco River California and click Images.

Communicated with Keith and Leslie at Jamesburg about this and they say that yes it's the same spot where I and others have walked and swam up to - sometimes hiking there from Tassajara. That makes me wonder about the NY Post article saying the waterfall is 40 feet high. Not the one we see from below. That's ten to fifteen feet as I remember it. So either that's an exaggeration or there's more falls above what we could see from below. As one approaches the falls, they can't be seen. One enters a roughly oval pool maybe 25 feet wide and fifteen feet across and the falls are not straight ahead but over to the left. The pool is surrounded by walls but maybe there's enough rock to sit or stand on over to the right. It's deeper where the falls come in. It's so unusual for there to be a lot of water this time of year. I always called it a National Geographic quality walk/swim. Some neat pools on the way where the creek/river narrows. Recall jumping from boulders into the pools on the way there. There are even larger boulders and pools further downstream from the Horse Bridge that tend to have more people frolicking. Would love to go back there. 



Friday, September 13, 2019

Tears

Student Z: Docho Roshi, hearing the stream, feeling it within, tears flow. What is the meaning?
SR: Because this kind of feeling, our practice is quite new to you. More and more you will feel deep joy in your practice. It does not mean your practice is wrong, or your attainment is not good. But if you feel in that way, with fear, that is because your experience is quite unfamiliar to you. That's all. So you will get accustomed to this practice more.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nothing

Student Y: Docho Roshi, there is nothing to attain, and yet every morning we chant and we vow “to attain it.”

SR: [Laughs.]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Family Saved at Arroyo Seco River

A message in a bottle got to hikers downstream.  - The family was stuck upstream. Tassajara Creek flows into Willow Creek right before they meet Arroyo Seco River near the Horse Bridge. This sounds exactly like the area where we used to go upstream to from the Horse Bridge. But that much water? Maybe another spot. But we'd go to a waterfall that wasn't so high - maybe ten feet, This NY Post article says the waterfall was forty feet so  it's somewhere else if that's true.  The one we went to came down into a deep pool. There was a rope on the right side. I never climbed it because there was too much water and I'm not a climber, but Niels Holm did. To get there you walk and swim upcreek half a mile or so and go through a place right before the waterfall that is maybe two yards wide with high walls on both sides. Have to swim there. I've written about that area a few times in the book I'm working on, Tassajara Stories. Here's a page for some of that and more on the Arroyo Seco.

Drowning

Student X: Docho Roshi, I am drowning in a great ocean. Will I wake up and discover this is a dream?

SR: How did you feel [laughs, laughter]?

Student X: I can't describe it.

SR: Which do you prefer: to be drowned in the ocean or safe on the land? Which is better? Which do you like better?

Student X: [Long pause.] I don't know. [Laughter.]
SR: “Do not know” is right. It is very difficult to decide, you know. If so, you should prefer to stay in bottomless ocean with some difficulty, because you have more possibility. If you are on the land in this way, there is not much hope. To have some chance to struggle for is very good, you know. You feel much better. Even if you have fear, soon you will manage it.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Beyond Word

Student W: Docho Roshi, question beyond word, word beyond question.

SR: Question. When you make improvement, you have question. So when you are improving yourself constantly, that question is more than question. So that is question beyond word. Word beyond question is even though you are making question, you know there is no other way to improve yourself [than to practice]. But you need some help or encouragement. So we discuss something between us, but actually the only way is improve ourself by ourselves. When you understand this point, your question is something more than word. And your word is something more than the question. In this way you should find yourself. Expressing by word how you feel, and trying to know what you feel, over and over you find yourself. Then to continue this kind of practice is our way. 
  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, September 9, 2019

Accept

Student U: Docho Roshi, at the end of your lectures you always ask us if we understand. What does “understand” mean?
SR: “Did you accept it?” Actually what I mean is did you accept it? Good question.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Change

Student T: Docho Roshi, is enlightenment always changing?

SR: It will change always, but if you are enlightened, you will not be bothered by its change.
  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Friday, September 6, 2019

No Question

Student R: Docho Roshi, this-- this mind has no real questions. Why is this?
SR: Yeah. No question, and without any question you are practicing our way. That is true practice. Don't worry about having no question.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sufi Sam photo link fixed

Thanks AM for pointing out that the link in the post on Sufi Sam earlier was to the photo and not the page wherein one can see what names we know. Here's the correct link.

Sufi Sam

Thanks to Leon Mello for pointing out that the man on the right of this photo is Samuel L. Lewis, AKA Sufi Sam. This is photo SR0171from the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive. Here's a link to it there with what names we have. Sam's isn't there yet. It will be in a few days. (fixed that link. Thanks AM)

Suzuki met Sam Lewis in his early days in America. Lewis' name is one of the few entries in a date book he brought on the plane with him when he first flew in.  

Serve

Student Q: Docho Roshi, I serve you some ferns in your third bowl. Has anything special been given or anything particular been received? Is it possible to give and take?

SR: At mealtime. In third bowl?

Student Q: Third bowl.

SR: Uh-huh. Yeah.

Student Q: What has transpired between us then?

SR: Between us? I feel as if entire-- your entire being were served too -- that is not anymore food. 
 -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Warm

Student P: Docho Roshi, one step forward, one step back. How can I go where I don't want to go?

SR: When you don't want to go, there is no other way than to stop there. And while you are stopping, you should make your seat warm [laughs] to stay. That is the way.
 -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fire

 Student O: Docho Roshi, how can I behave with my usual mind when my house is on fire?

SR: Mind-- your house? House? Excuse me.

Student O: On fire..

SR: On fire. [Laughs.] Why don't you get out of it? [Laughter.] Give up your house. You will find a good new house.  
-------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

Monday, September 2, 2019

Practice Forever

Student N: Docho Roshi, you have taught us that everything changes, and that we can rely on nothing. From one day to the next, then, we cannot be sure of a place to practice or a teacher. If this is so, how can we continue our practice forever? 
SR: Wherever you go, you will find your teacher. The eyes you have right now, as long as you have your eyes, as long as you have ears to listen-- so Dogen Zenji says the color of the mountains and sound of the rivers are Shakyamuni Buddha's sermon. But you should be grateful for your teacher because he gave you-- he opened up your eyes and ears to see and to listen. Then your teacher is always with you. And you can continue your practice forever.    -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC