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Friday, March 5, 2021

Tassajara News from SFZC Sangha News

On the summer guest season

Tassajara in the Pandemic


Intuitively

Even though I explain what is true way, and even though you understand what I say, that is not true way. Only when you have actually that power to extend your experience to everyday life. Then, and without trying to observe our way, naturally, intuitively, when you are able to observe our way, that is true. You understand?     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-10 - 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Excerpts from Searching for the Path Within


Excerpts from Chris Miller's new book 

Starting off with 1967 Sokoji

Chris Miller cuke page


Christopher Lennox is Chris' pen name

Continuing from yesterday and the day before that and that

 So anyway I will explain, first of all, this koan: 


Joshu asked his teacher Nansen, “What is dao?”

And his teacher Nansen answered, “Everyday mind is dao.”

And Joshu asked his teacher again, “How to accord with the dao?” or “How to follow the dao? 

And Nansen said, “The more you try to follow the dao, the more you will lose the dao.” [Laughs.] That was his [answer]. And he continued, “The true power does not belong to the matter of attaining it or not attaining it. If your practice goes beyond the matter of attaining it or not to attaining it, your mind will be like a boundless blue sky. And you will have no problem in your everyday life.” That was his answer. 
      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-10 - 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

All Beings Have Buddha Nature

 Here's a new entry to the archive of Shunryu Suzuki lectures on shunryusuzuki.com. It's the earliest one now. From 1950. As remembered by his son Hoitsu.

thanks Peter Ford 

Endlessly

When you have power, you know, then you can extend that power to everyday life. But the next question will be how you can obtain that power. And you may wonder what kind of experience you will have when you have acquired the power [laughs]. This kind of question will continue endlessly.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-10 - 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

City Lights Photo

 

Photo by Allen Ginsberg

thanks Ken Ireland

Power

You may think, you know, that if you practice good enough then you have power which could be extended in your everyday life. Actually it is so, but then how you acquire this kind of power is a different matter.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-10 - 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching

Monday, March 1, 2021

SR orchids

 New Life for Suzuki Roshi's Orchids -  from SFZC Sangha News

Everyday Mind is Dao again

Shikantaza and koan practice are not exactly the same, but there is not much difference. Shikantaza is a more condensed practice, more essential practice, or fundamental practice than koan practice. The purpose of koan is same as shikantaza. Anyway, I want you to understand how you practice our way by explaining this koan of “Everyday Mind Is Dao.”      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-10 - 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching