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Monday, March 27, 2023

The Beginnings of SFZC Tassajara story

 Item: SFZC 1966 Tassajara related Board Notes

This is something I threw together for myself while working on Tassajara Stories which will never be finished at the rate I'm going and how much competition it has from other vital Cuke Archives work. But anyway, the results of all this busywork will be on cuke where it can collect digital dust. - dc

Substantial Ideas

Forget all about any substantial ideas. This is why we cannot understand Buddhism or our way. Actually there is nothing [laughs] including you. If so, we should just sit. Then you will be the one including everything. Because you are not accustomed to living in this form you are not accustomed to your own home. So, you are wandering about—finding your home. “Where is my home?” You are right in your home, but you are seeking for a home with a substantial idea. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-11B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.


Niels Holm's home entrance

Another Suzuki Photo Added to Database

Again, the only place we find this one was in the Wind Bell. 


Saturday, March 25, 2023

To Express Your Idea of Buddha

We say, without practice there is no buddha. It means practice is buddha. When you practice there is buddha....So, Sambhogakaya Buddha, which is rewarded body, which is one with everyday life, which is nothing but each being, means, you may say, to express your idea of buddha through your way of practice or your everyday life. That is the idea of Sambhogakaya. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-11B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.


image credit: www.quest-for-japan.com


Podcast with Narcissus Quagliata


Narcissus Robert Quagliatta was a student of Shunryu who went on to become a world renowned artist with stained glass. 

Narcissus's cuke podcast of two weeks ago  

His cuke page - links there to lots, including images of some of his amazing stained glass work, his books, his cuke interview, and more. 


Friday, March 24, 2023

Scriptures

Whatever texts you read, there is Zen. All scriptures are the truth by which you will understand what is Zen. But there is no need to read all of those scriptures because there is no need to arrange them vertically or horizontally. So, if you open some part of the scriptures, there is Zen. In this way, we should understand our way, and we should read scriptures. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-11B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.


Suzuki with Anagarika Govinda


Cuke Podcast News


Once a week there's a new Cuke Podcast. You can see who they're with and link to a spot to hear them via the Cuke Podcast page. The most recent podcast was with my old chum from Fort Worth, Frank Simmons. He has been at the Meditation Center of San Miguel de Allende going since 1996. Here he is with his calligraphy of Beginner's Mind. 

Frank Simmons' cuke page

Podcast with Frank (not on the Cuke Podcast page at the time of this post.)

tomorrow - another podcast plugged

this weekend - another podcast goes up

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Without Arranging

We should not arrange teachings horizontally or vertically. We should realize the meaning of teachings, one by one, without arranging them. This is not only the Zen way but also Tendai's way. The so-called middle way in Tendai is a way to accept teachings one by one without arranging them. That is the middle way. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-11B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.


From a painting by Helen Dunham.


A Belated RIP for Paul Lee


When we learned of our dear friend Paul Lee's passing last October, we put it on his cuke page but neglected to post it in What's New. So here tis. Pardon me Paul, you rascal. And thanks John Steiner for the reminder. - DC

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

This and That

If everything is changing, nothing special exists. This is true. But in the smallest particle of time, everything exists. Everything is changing moment after moment, but everything at the smallest particle of time exists in a form and color with close relationships with other things. That is true. —Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-11B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives or cuke.com/ig for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.