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Monday, September 21, 2020

Kokyo Henkel again!

 Posted a link to a piece by Kokyo in Lions Roar a few days ago and have since learned that Kokyo is no longer at the Santa Cruz ZC. He's now in Crestone coursing through the Prajna Paramita en solo for a Covid while. And here's his website.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Water

Ri means “truth,” and ji means “event” or “being,” something which exists, like a stone or like water. Ri means, not “water nature,” but how it becomes water from air. So another side of water is truth, and that truth is not something which we can see. You can see the nature of water: it flows from a higher place to a lower place.  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

xSometimes

 So sometimes “Dharma” means “teaching,” sometimes “reality,” and sometimes “being,” just “something,” just “there.” --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Figure it out this way

 Buddhists figure it out in this way: because many people ask us, “What is Dharma Body?” we must say something about it, so we try to figure out what we should say. In this case, we give a very difficult explanation. If I don't say anything, you may say, “He doesn't know anything about the Dharma Body. He is not such a good teacher.” So I must make a narrow escape. The way to do it is to talk about some truth. Nature and truth are not exactly the same. Truth is nearer to the Dharma Body. The idea is also pretty close to the Dharma Nature, but it exists just in between the Dharma Nature and the Dharma Body.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Tassajara area and fire

 Fire Updates from the SFZC 

Note that it reports: For information specific to the fires in the area of Tassajara, we have found the blog site Big Sur Kate to be very helpful.

thanks Linda Ruth Cutts and Ed Sattizahn

Thursday, September 17, 2020

When We Give It All to Buddha

A Shunryu Suzuki story about Nona Ransom and him - by Kokyo Henkel in Lion's Roar

Nona Ransom cuke page

Kokyo Henkel is the teacher at the Santa Cruz Zen Center. Here/s the SCZC page for him.

Nature

When we say “nature” it is, of course, truth. But nature is something which includes what we see. In its strict sense, truth is not something which we can see.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Enduring Teachings of Suzuki Roshi

BY SHUNRYU SUZUKI AND BUDDHADHARMA

posted about this last week but there was no link to the article then

thanks Peter Ford

Accident

So nothing happens just by accident. When something happens, there should be some reason. It is caused by Dharma. In this sense, truth is close to the Dharma Nature. But we can understand it in some way, we can figure out some rules. In Buddhism, those rules, or that truth, is sometimes called the Dharma itself. That is the way in which we call it the Dharma Body. It is the source of all truth.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Gravity

 I say there is no way to talk about the Dharma Body, but if you will allow me to say something about it, we can call it “Truth Itself.” Truth is something which you cannot see. You can see the apple, but you cannot see the theory of gravity. But there is some theory, some truth.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

A Chat with Lew Richmond

 


Lew Richmond Chat on Cuke Audio Podcasts 

Cuke Audio page

Lew Richmond page

Monday, September 14, 2020

Lotus sutra

Did you understand? The Nirmanakaya Buddha is the form of dharma, the Sambhogakaya Buddha is the nature of dharma, and the Dharmakaya Buddha is the dharma body, which is beyond words, which we cannot describe. So this sutra tells what the Dharma Nature is, and when we listen to it, we will understand what the Dharmakaya Buddha is and who the Nirmanakaya Buddha Shakyamuni was.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

A Wanna Be Green Gulch Story

 Does anyone remember the Korean monk who came to Green Gulch to visit and claimed to have had sex with 1000 people and 1000 animals? I'd love to get more details on that story. He did have an unusual practice. - dc

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A Green Gulch Story

 Dear David,

Do you remember helping Aimee Diller & me late one evening.  We'd "borrowed " a GGF vehicle and jumped the culvert on our way back from the  Pelican Inn.... mmmmhaha.

You got us out AND covered the tracks. I was all of 17yo.

Thanks David.

Be well. 🌿

Only Love,

Donna Harvey


Dear Donna,


Pleased to be of service, ma'am.


d


Continuing from Yesterday as all these recent posts are

That is the dharma body, the dharma nature, and the dharma attribute, or form and color. That is the outlook of dharma, nature of dharma, and dharma itself. And the Nirmanakaya Buddha, the Sambhogakaya Buddha, and the Dharmakaya Buddha.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Friday, September 11, 2020

Epilogue


Yesterday posted the last podcast for Crooked Cucumber, the Epilogue. Following it read a good deal of what's called the Back Matter. I found that listing hundreds of names of those who contributed to the story in one way or another was a fit ending, and like the book itself, was not complete. Next with the help of Bill Redican will asure that both the revised transcript and the spoken word do not have any major glitches, missing sentences, paragraphs, words, other mistakes, etc. Will surely want to redo some of the early chatpter audio for the podcast when I was getting a feel for reading it. Then will make it into an audio book and the transcript into a new edition of Crooked Cucumber whih I hope to get published. We will see how that goes. Epilgou of Crooked Cucumber --- Cuke Audio Podcast page

Something

If I talk about something, that is already the dharma nature, how dharma goes, what it is like. When I say what it is like, that is the Nirmanakaya Buddha. Objectively speaking, that is form. More subjectively speaking, it is its nature. But what the source of that Nature is, no one knows. We know it, but we cannot say anything about it. If you say something, it is not the Body, it is the Nature, or it is an attribute of the Body. So we do not talk about what the Dharma Body is, but we understand that there must be some source.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Barbara on Della from 28 years ago

1992 Wind Bell Vol. 26-2 - Della Goertz - Learning and Staying Young by Barbara Lubanski Wenger 

Della Goertz cuke page

Remembering Della Goertz podcast

No Such Thing

There is something which is not in activity. That is the Body. But actually, there is no such thing. Whatever it is, it has some activity. Even a stone has some activity. So there is no such thing. We cannot talk about the Body itself, so what shall I do?   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Source

When we say “body,” it is a source of activity, but not activity itself. But without the source, there is no activity. So when there is activity, there should be a source. But the source does not always have any activity. You can have the idea of source or body without activity.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Abiding

 I asked Bill Shurtleff if there was anything he'd like to add to what we've already got on him on his Cuke page. He didn't want to do a podcast so I told him I'd just read stuff about and from him like I did for Les Kaye and do for the departed like Yvonne Rand and Della Goertz whose podcast just went up on Saturday. He sent this:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Aging as a Spiritual Practice


 Lew Richmond online course at Tricycle

When asked why we meditate Suzuki Roshi answered, "So we can enjoy our old age." Join the author and Zen teacher Lewis Richmond for an exploration of how meditation and inquiry can bring ease to growing older. We will learn about the four stages of aging, how to work with fear, how to cultivate gratitude, our role as elders, and the sacred presence inherent when we rest in awareness. Aging is a reality of life. It can be challenging but it can also be something we enjoy. 

Body

This sutra was told by the Sambhogakaya Buddha, with his wisdom, to save all sentient beings. It verbally tells us what dharma nature is, not with a substantial idea, but rather in a dramatic, figurative way.

And this sutra especially puts emphasis on dharma nature instead of on the dharma body, because the dharma body is inexplicable. You cannot talk about the dharma body because it is something beyond our world, beyond our wisdom, beyond our understanding. That is why we say the dharma body does not talk. My mouth talks, but my body doesn't talk.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Monday, September 7, 2020

Dramatic

the Lotus Sutra is the sutra which describes this kind of reality, the world of tathata. That is why it is told on a big, cosmic scale. We say in Japanese jisso, the way everything exists in the realm of reality or the realm of tathata. In this sutra, everything presumes this world of tathata. Of course, it is described in a very dramatic way, but what it means to show is how things exist in this world, in this dharma world or world of tathata. The purpose of this sutra is to give a dramatic version of tathata This is an important point.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Arnie Kotler Editing Service

 


Arnie is an old Zen dharma brother who came to the SFZC in 1971. He's got decades of publishing and editing experience with his Paralax Press and other ventures. 

Arnie Kotler Editing Services Facebook page and website. - Check out all the books he's edited - impressive.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Source

So the Sambhogakaya Buddha or the Dharmakaya Buddha is the source of all buddhas, which exists before Buddha. In this sense, Buddha is eternal, perpetual being. So we call it tathata in Sanskrit [suchness, thusness], or shinnyo in Japanese.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Light Edits Abound

 Look at all the new light or minimum edits - Which is a better term for them. Each term gives an idea of what they are. Maybe minimum is the most accurate. I'll try to stick with that - and that's what's used on shunryusuzuki.com where they reside. So it shall be. And nine bows to Wendy Pirsig and Peter Ford for all their hard work in bringing these more readable edits to this forum. - dc 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Aging is Reality

 The following article is excerpted from a talk given by Lewis Richmond in his upcoming Tricycle online course, Aging as a Spiritual Practice. Find out more about this six-week exploration of growing older as a pathway to insight and psychological growth at learn.tricycle.org

Lew Richmond cuke page

Everything

So in this sense, our practice includes everything. When we sit, we are just sitting. Each one of us is sitting, and each one of us is Dharmakaya Buddha. But within ourselves, even though we are sitting, we take breaths and our heart is beating, so we are also Sambhogakaya Buddha. We understand reality in this way.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Potentiality

Our way of understanding things is exactly the same as our zazen. We say, “Just sit!” What does this mean? When we say, “Just sit,” it includes all the potential activity which we have. We remain in an inactive state, but we have potentiality.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

2020 04 27 Rutinitas Kegiatan BHIKKHU & SAYALAY @PATVDH Tamansari - BOGOR

April, 27-2020 - My buddyy Bhikkhu Moneyya just went to retreat at this monastery. A video on The routine activity of monks and female renunciates (in the Burmese Buddhist tradition) at Pa Auk Tawya Vipassana Dhura Hermitage at Tamansari, Ciapus - Bogor, Indonesia

Here's a little something on it

Limitless

His world is limitless. It includes the sun and stars and everything. So his virtue and wisdom are also limitless. He is the Omniscient One, who knows everything as being within himself. For him there is nothing outside his being. That is the Sambhogakaya Buddha. When we understand reality in this way, our understanding includes everything. And the reality which includes everything as an undeveloped reality is the Dharmakaya Buddha itself, Dharma itself, Being itself.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Rick Levine writes on Yvonne Rand

 


A note on Yvonne with excerpts from Edward Conze letters on her.

Rick Levine page

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

He's talking about us all, not some mythical figure way out there

The most important thing for the Sambhogakaya Buddha is to attain enlightenment inwardly, or to illuminate himself, instead of illuminating the objective world. Instead of observing each thing respectively, one by one, he observes his nature within himself. When he observes his inside world, as the sun does, he finds himself as earth. That earth nature is universal. This earth is also earth, and the sun is also earth. Everything is earth, so there is no difference between the objective world and the subjective world. To be enlightened in his inward nature is to be enlightened outside in the objective world. So for him the whole world is his inside or subjective world. When he reaches this kind of world, we call him Sambhogakaya Buddha.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Monday, August 31, 2020

Sun

Figuratively speaking, the Sambhogakaya Buddha may be like the sun. Instead of observing things objectively, he understands his Buddha Nature, which is always in activity within himself, figuratively speaking of course. So, like the sun, although he is not trying to illuminate everything objectively, he is actually illuminating everything. He is actually helping others without trying to help. He can illuminate everything because originally he has that kind of power or potentiality.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Barton Stone


Cuke Audio podcast with Barton Stone went up on Saturday. 

Barton Stone cuke page


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Dharma Nature

   The Sambhogakaya Buddha is the Buddha who realized this dharma nature in activity, or as something which has a nature. And when we understand the reality which has various potentialities to act or to develop, that is called Dharmakaya Buddha.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Polishing a Tile to Make a Mirror

 A talk by Peter Schneider at Beginner's Mind Zen Center in Northridge, LA, CA. - thanks Elizabeth Sawyer

Jane and Peter Schneider cuke page

https://www.facebook.com/beginnersmindzencenter


Friday, August 28, 2020

Yvonne Rand's Cremation Ceremony

Got up at 2:30 yesterday morning to Zoom attend Yvonne's cremation ceremony at the Fernwood Funeral Home in Mill Valley. Behind her cardboard casket with flowers at the side and a simple temporary altar on top was a landscaped slope with a stream of white water cascading down over stones. Wendy Johnson presided quite nicely. Chris and Hilary Rand delivered touching statements. There were about thirteen masked people there chanting, keeping their distance - except for couples. I recognized Peter Rudnick by his walk. After that, the people left and the casket was rolled away but the carmera stayed focused on the falling water. A woman whose name I know but forget now recited "Gyate gyate, paragyate, parasam gyate, bodhis svaha!" for an hour while what we once thought of as Yvonne was being cremated. It was a good two hours of sitting, listening, watching. The Zoomers' mics were muted. It went smoothly. Shortly after the chanting ended the camera was returned to the office. On its way there we passed through a few rooms - I recognized a waiting room from the times I've been there. Then the camera was placed in a storage room. Then someone turned it off. Yvonne Rand cuke page

This ain't no "chop wood, carry water" type Zen teaching

The Dharmakaya Buddha is called the fundamental, undeveloped Buddhakaya. In Buddhism, when we say the undeveloped, or fundamental, body, it means that it is the original source itself. But there are two interpretations for one reality. When we understand it as something which is very calm, which is not in activity, we call it the Dharma Body. But the Dharma Body does not actually remain calm and inactive-- it is always active. When we understand it as activity, we call it Dharma Nature. “Dharma Nature” means something in action, and “Dharma Body” means something which is not in activity, or which is not developed. But the whole Nature exists in the Dharma Body as a potentiality. So we have two understandings of one reality: Dharmakaya [kaya = body] and dharma nature.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Sambhogakaya

The Sambhogakaya Buddha is the original source of the Nirmanakaya Buddha: it gives birth to the Nirmanakaya Buddha. In order to explain the Dharmakaya Buddha, it is necessary to explain the Sambhogakaya Buddha more. Then you will understand what the Dharmakaya Buddha is naturally.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Fall Issue of Buddhadharma Magazine



has an article entitled

THE ENDURING TEACHINGS OF SUZUKI ROSHI: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZEN MIND, BEGINNER’S MIND

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi‘s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, we present two teachings from the book, alongside testimonials from Buddhist teachers who were influenced by it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Beginning Another Lotus Sutra Lecture

The Nirmanakaya Buddha comes into this world with the vow that he will save all sentient beings. Not by karma, but by vow, he appears in this world, practices the Bodhisattva's way, attains enlightenment as Buddha did, and saves all human beings. So he is called an incarnated body. He changes his form in various ways, sometimes to a bodhisattva, sometimes to a buddha. He takes on various forms to help people, so in the widest sense of the word, everything is Nirmanakaya Buddha. But in the narrow sense, those who appear in this world by vow instead of by karma are called Nirmanakaya Buddhas.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-00-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Buddhanet Obit

 

for Yvonne Rand

Yvonne with Bill. He died Dec. 1, 2019. She August 19, 2020.

Yvonne's cuke page

Monday, August 24, 2020

Coffee Shop

Emotionally, we like coffee shops and big banana splits. But that is Hinayana, you know. Even though it is good, we should continue on our trip. This is the Mahayana way-- on, and on, and on. Usually people stopped at the coffee shop for many, many days-- one or two weeks. But we cannot stay that long, because the coffee shop will not stay open that long. If it is not the main current, it will die, eventually, and only the main current will continue. So we don't have time to stay at the coffee shop very long. Once in a while, when we become sleepy, we must have some coffee. That is our way. With this attitude we should continue our trip. And if we want to continue our trip, the four vows are necessary. At any rate, we should continue our trip as long as our car goes. This is our attitude and our practice.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC DC Comment - More dissing the way of the elders who he also says laid the foundation.

Podcast about Yvonne Rand

Saturday's podcast was Remembering Yvonne Rand. That's the Cuke Audio Podbean link.

Or take it from the Cuke Audio Spotify page

Or Cuke Audio Apple Podcasts 

Or YouTube Cuke Video - Podcast Playlist

Yvonne Rand cuke page

RiP Dear Dharma Sister Yvonne Rand who died on August 19th - See Thursday, August 20th post

That's Yvonne talking with Philip Whalen just in the courtyard at the SFZC. 
photo by Barbara Wenger - looks like the 70s.

Puzzling Saying

I always say that sectarianism is like having coffee in a coffee shop when you are going to San Francisco. You know, when you have a cup of coffee on the freeway, that is very good. But you shouldn't stay there. You should go on to San Francisco.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Tassajara Evacuated

 Keep up with fire in the Tassajara area and beyond at this SFZC page. - thanks Pat Phelan for reminding me.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Yvonne Rand: A Profile

The following profile of Yvonne Rand is an excerpt from Meetings with Remarkable Buddhist Women by Lenore Friedman

Yvonne Rand cuke page

RiP Dear Dharma Sister Yvonne Rand who died on August 19th - See Thursday, August 20th post here.

Mahayana Prejudice

 It is impossible for preBuddhistic teaching to be Hinayana teaching, so what was the bridge? The bridge was Buddha; Buddha made the bridge. When we realize this point, we see that the Hinayana understanding was not perfect enough. The Hinayana Buddhists made Buddha a preBuddhistic person. He was pushed backwards to a preBuddhistic character.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC [DC comment - Ouch - using the perjorajive term hinayana and saying their understanding is not Buddhist. How does this synch with his positive statements about early Buddhism and even saying he'd like to go study with great teachers in Theravada countries. Can't rush to judgement.]

Friday, August 21, 2020

An Interview with Yvonne Rand

 An Interview with Yvonne Rand by Dayna Macy of the Yoga Journal

Yvonne Rand cuke page

RiP Dear Dharma Sister Yvonne Rand - yesterday's post here

Point

The point is not whether this Lotus Sutra was told by the historical Buddha, or by some other person. As long as you attach to the historical Buddha too much, you cannot understand Buddhism.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Thursday, August 20, 2020

RiP Dear Dharma Sister Yvonne Rand

 


Yvonne Rand main cuke page

Yvonne has been in hospice care at her daughter Hillary's home for a month or so. Yvonne was a close student of and advisor to Shunryu Suzuki. I called her Zen Center's Den Mother, especially in the early Tassajara years. Her love of animals bordered on the humorous with the number she took on. She was particularly prone to animals and people who needed help. Psychic Anne Armstrong said that Yvonne astral traveled to accidents when she slept. She taught many students and many fellow students. She spent a good deal of time with hospice work and taught us how to sit with and care for the bodies of the departed. And now she has departed and her body is being cared for. Condolences to her Hillary and Chris on the loss of their mother. Farewell beloved Bodhisattva. - DC

Continued from Yesterday

The other point is to understand whether this kind of teaching will be effective enough to use right now. To arrange the teachings this way [moves hand horizontally] is not good; to arrange the teachings this way [moves hand vertically] is not good enough either. When you arrange the teachings this way [motions vertically], and choose one of them, and when you arrange the teachings this way [motions horizontally], the historical or traditional way, and understand the characteristic nature of various teachings, then you will find out what kind of teaching you should apply.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Fire in Tassajara Area

SFZC page for news about Fire in Monterey County, Big Sur, Carmel Valley area. All prayers for our friends around there and for everyone affected by fire in the Western US.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Jack Weller's book

Come Walk in the Rain with Me: My Years with Suzuki Roshi 


Jack Weller cuke page

Should Know

I am not forcing you to follow our Japanese way at all, but you should know how Buddhism was extended from Buddha to us. This is a very important point.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Les Kaye

August 15 Saturday's guest on Cuke Audio Podcast was Les Kaye, abbot of Kannon-do in Mountain View and Shunryu Suzuki disciple. Les wrote out what he wanted to convey and I read it. Then I read from two interviews that were on his cuke page and from something I'd written. The content focuses on what he has to say about Zen at Work which was also the name of his first book. Les has been a steady dharma diver. He does not waver. 

Les Kaye Cuke page

Tea Bowl II

It is necessary to know how this tea bowl appeared here, in front of me. And at the same time, it is necessary for you to know whether this tea bowl is suitable for this season or not. Even though it is a very traditional and valuable one, a summer tea bowl cannot be used in winter. So you should know, at the same time, whether this is suitable for this season and suitable for the guest. And you should choose the tea bowl accordingly.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Monday, August 17, 2020

Tea Bowl

Without knowing who a person is, we cannot help him; without knowing what things are, we cannot treat them properly. When you know who made this tea bowl and what kind of history this tea bowl has, then you can treat the tea bowl properly. If you handle it without knowing who made it and what kind of tradition it has, it may be just a bowl.  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

How find Light Edits

 

On shunryusuzuki.com, one of the menu links in Transcripts/Audio. In the dropdown from it are two links to minimum or light edits - the complete list and the list of the new ones this 2020. This lists are now growing.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Lotus Sutra lectures

 I've never been into the Lotus Sutra lectures like I am now. I got prejudiced against them because Suzuki's first attempt to lecture on them was so frustrating to listen to. But he gave three series. This as I recall is the 2nd series. I'm finding these first two lectures to be quite intriguing. He starts off with Buddha as superman and by now it's you are the super one and you're delivering this great teaching. My my. - dc

Stage

I have come to the conclusion already, but let us think more calmly and understand clearly what we have been studying in these two lectures. There are several things I want to point out. One is that when we read Buddhist scriptures, it is necessary for us to know at what kind of historical stage each sutra was told-- to know, in other words, who spoke the scripture.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Minimum Edits

We call them light edits or minimum edits. Yesterday posted a link to a page for the Shunryu Suzuki minimally edited lectures going up this year. Today featuring a page for all that we consider minimum edits. Among ourselves we actually just write LE and put an LE at the end of the file name with the initials of the person who worked on it. As more than one go over it we include that info at the bottom. Maybe minimum edit is a better name. That's what yesterday and today's charts call them. The hard work was done by noble followers of Cuke Archives. The first to do it was Gordon Geist and he did a ton of them back in the early days of cuke.com. Some of them just come that way such as the early Los Altos and SFZC lectures. Marian Derby and others who transcribed them, clearly did that basic editing as part of the transcribing or at least that's how they come to us. They weren't doing literary or consumer oriented edits like for the books and Wind Bells. But maybe something in between. We can't say for sure - if there's no audio to check it against. The purpose of the minimum edits is to make them easier to read and follow. Some people prefer to read the verbatim. I use the verbatim when I have that choice. But lots of folks would much more rather read the minimum edits which follow everything he said and smooth it out. The Suzuki lecture excerpts that I post I always minimally edit. --- thanks Peter Ford for making these two pages on shunryusuzuki.com.

Same

So, to study the Lotus Sutra and to listen to it are not two different things. To read it and to talk about it are the same thing. If there are various materials to talk about, then we can speak the Lotus Sutra. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Light Edits

A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture is not an edit in the normal sense. It's as little editing as is needed to smooth the lecture out from the original verbatim which include every word and partial word. So if Suzuki said, "In Buddhism we... in Budhism we say" then only "In Buddhism we say" would remain. There are many other types of changes made. We're getting a number of new light edits of shunryu Suzuki lecture entered into the archive on shunryusuzzuki.com to add to the long list of those that have been done by others through the years. We're staring off with lectures that have no other version - just the verbatim. Here's a page with a list of them with links. The list will keep growing. Danny Parker did one but he's tied up looking at brief Suzuki lecture excerpts to be used in an up and coming App. Peter Ford is overseeing it and has done at least one, but mainly he's going over them and making other improvenets to shunrysuzuki.com. Many have been and are being churned out at a remarkable pace by Wendy Pirsig. When he thinks they're ready Peter uploads them onto shunryusuzuki.com. I'm on call to answer questions and review parts that I'm asked to. As I have time I'll check them more carefully. Mainly I'm involved in other areas. Thanks Peter, Wendy, Danny for all the careful attention and hard work. - dc

Who, little ole me?

 I said, “I am reading,” but actually, I meant, “I am telling the Lotus Sutra.” So the Sixth Patriarch said, “When we are in delusion, the Lotus Sutra will turn us, and people may be turned by the Lotus Sutra. But when our mind is clear, we will turn the Lotus Sutra, we will speak the Lotus Sutra instead of Buddha.” --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

ZMBM 50th featured

Inside the Fall 2020 Buddhadharma magazine

THE ENDURING TEACHINGS OF SUZUKI ROSHI: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZEN MIND, BEGINNER’S MIND

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi‘s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, we present two teachings from the book, alongside testimonials from Buddhist teachers who were influenced by it.

from Lion's Roar - thanks Peter Ford

Lotus

When we understand the Lotus Sutra as the sutra which was spoken by the Sambhogakaya Buddha, or when we understand that, “I am now reading the Lotus Sutra,” then the Lotus Sutra makes sense to us. If we lose this point, we will be turned by the Lotus Sutra. If we realize this point, we will turn it. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

RIP Harada Seiki Roshi

For a number of decades abbot of Hosshinji in Obama, Japan. One of the teachers of Peter and Jane Schneider when they lived in Japan. Gyate grate.

The Trikaya

So the true Buddha is the Sambhogakaya Buddha, and when the Sambhogakaya Buddha does some activity, or is observed by someone, he may be the Nirmanakaya Buddha. Before the Nirmanakaya Buddha, there must be a Sambhogakaya Buddha. And before a Bodhisattva appears to save others, there must be a Sambhogakaya Buddha as the strong background of the Bodhisattva. So every Bodhisattva and Buddha, and their activity of helping others, comes from this source, from this origin of the Sambhogakaya Buddha. And the Sambhogakaya Buddha is truth itself. So we have Dharmakaya Buddha, Sambhogakaya Buddha, and Nirmanakaya Buddha. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC

Monday, August 10, 2020

Help

To help others and to help ourselves is the same thing. To realize myself and to make others realize the truth is the same thing. --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-10-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC  - Going through Suzuki lectures and posting anything that can stand on its own. Not looking for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these excerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. - DC