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Saturday, April 20, 2024

By Words

Stan White: Docho Roshi, the only words I have this morning are not words. 

SR: Yeah. We are discussing what is not possible to discuss by words. So, this is how actual words should go. By words we should communicate something which is not possible to limit by our words.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Like Water

Jack Weller: Docho Roshi, I am troubled by your saying that you don’t trust us. 

SR: [Laughs.] Yeah. I want to encourage you to stick to something, not in terms of good or bad, but anyway [laughs]. Like water sticks to a lower place. Without that kind of spirit, until we can see that kind of practice in some other person, we cannot trust anyone. 

Jack: Then we can trust them, right? 

SR: [Laughs.] Yeah. 

Jack: So we can trust you.

SR: [Laughing.] Ho! 

Jack: But you cannot trust us. 

SR: Yeah, maybe. I am trying always to stick to something, not because it is good or bad—whether it is good or bad. When you stick to one thing only, it may be sometimes understood as something good. Sometimes it may be understood as something which is bad. But whether it is good or bad, is not the question. If it is helpful to me and for others, we should stick to one practice.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Observe Tassajara as One Body

E. L. Hazelwood: Docho Roshi, I have a question, but I can’t see it. And so I can’t grasp it. And so I don’t know what it is. And so I don’t know how to ask it.

SR: Yeah. The basic problem is the same for everyone. Anyway, as long as you are here, don’t be too much concerned about yourself, or what you do, or what others do. Just observe Tassajara as one person who has every part of a body—hands, legs, head, ears, eyes. And let it work without much mistake. If you try to practice everyday practice our way with this idea, then there is salvation for each one of us.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Do One by One

Jeff Broadbent: Docho Roshi, why do I feel hatred, repugnance, and disgust?

SR: Maybe because you want to solve every problem in a limited sense and by a limited way. You should wait. You should do one by one. Then there is no hatred or no bad feeling....Just to do something in time. To keep up with others’ practice. That is the main point. And don’t discriminate in your work too much within your limited time and material or space. You should do your best. Whether it is good or bad, no one knows [laughs].

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Judging

Niels: Will you please tell me why I judge myself and others as good and bad students?

SR: You are a good student. There is no need to compare you to someone else. You have your own good quality which no one else has. So, you are independent. And when you become you yourself, you will be with all your friends.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Questions

Harriet Hiestand: You told us once that we are each our own teachers and so every question I thought of for you I could answer. But, I felt that I should ask them anyway. How can I trust my own answers? 

SR: Your own answers? Maybe you cannot completely trust any answers whether it is your answer or my answer, you cannot trust it completely. But, when you ask me a question it is a kind of communication. To share the problem is the point of asking a question. 

Harriet: But I get very frustrated because you never answer. You just substitute words and there is never an answer. 

SR: To understand in that way is better—not to rely on the answer so much. But to present some question, that is enough.

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Tai Sheridan showed up at the SFZC in the late sixties. He practiced at Tassajara in 1971 and later at Green Gulch Farm. Learn more about him, download his free ebooks, and listen to our podcast - http://cuke.com/f.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Everyday Life

Sally Block: You have told us that we are not alike at all and also you tell us that we should develop consideration for each other. How can we develop a feeling for what goes on in other people’s minds, for how they think, how they react, why they react and how they live, so that we can develop consideration for them?

SR: To understand reality from various angles even though it is not possible to understand things from various angles we should reserve always some understanding for someone else and try to understand others’ feelings, others’ understanding. Their understanding may not always be right, sometimes wrong. But without being caught by the idea of right or wrong we should try to understand something which is wrong as well as something which is right. This is very difficult. But the only way is to practice zazen. Your everyday life will be good when your practice is good because your everyday life will be supported by your power of practice. So, the best way for us is to be concentrated on our zazen practice. This is anyway the most important point. Everyday practice will be taken care of if your everyday life is concentrated on your zazen practice.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

On Finding a Lost Hiker near Tassajara

 Lost and Found in the Ventana Wilderness - in which Andrew Atkeison recalls what happened when he and Blanche Hartman went looking for a lost hiker up creek from Tassajara in the summer of 1975.  

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Double Structure

Angie Runyan: Docho Roshi, I too want to know the meaning of human existence.

SR: Human existence? The characteristic of human existence is duality. We are dualistic beings. So, if we attach to one side of our life, we will be completely lost because we have a double nature. So, our understanding of life should be a double structure.

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