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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tassajara Fire Updates

 All seems okay. Don't fret. Here are the links again for updates.

For updates on the Willow Fire near Tassajara, go to https://www.sfzc.org/fire-updates

and the US Forest Service's: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7549/



Tao Again

Ordinary mind is tao, you know. Even though we are doing quite usual things, whenever we do something, that is actually Buddha's activity-- Buddha's activity, but our activity [laughs]. Ordinary mind is tao. Buddha's mind, Buddha's activity, and our activity are not different.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

That Point Again

It is rather difficult to explain how to be concentrated on this point. There are many koans and sayings on this point. And those sayings look like they are very different, but [laughs] actually they are all the same. Ordinary mind is tao, you know.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Tassajara Fire Update

 from Arlene Lueck on Facebook

Tassajara to be Evacuated due to Nearby Fire


The Willow Fire in Willow Creek Canyon, a ridge over from Tassajara, is being fought. Most students to evacuate.

What's that Point Again?

Even though we can explain what is Buddhism, if you do not have the actual feeling with it, we, you know, cannot call ourselves real Buddhist. Only when our personality is characterized by this kind of feeling we call ourselves a Buddhist. It is necessary for us to be always concentrated on this point.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Pam Chernoff

 


Got another photo of Pam Chernoff today from Linda Wong, formerly Linda Lupo. Just go to Pam Chernoff's page and you'll see what she wrote below this 1975 photo.

Whatever

When you are enlightened, you will understand things more freely. You don't mind whatever people call you. “Ordinary man.” “Okay, I am ordinary man [laughs].” “You are buddha?” “Yes, I am buddha,” you know. How come to be a buddha and ordinary man?” “Oh, I don't know why, but actually I am buddha and ordinary man.” [Laughs.] Doesn't matter. Whatever they say [laughs], that is all right.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

SFZC New Online Bookstore

 Check it out. - that's the welcome page. Here's the SFZC online store link 

Tambankan

We call someone who understands things from just one side, a “tamban-kan.” Tamban-kan means “a man who carry a board on his shoulder.” Because he carry a big, you know, board on his shoulder this way, he cannot [laughs] see the other side [laughs]. He is always, you know, carrying big board on his shoulder. Almost all people are carrying big board [laughter, laughs], so they cannot see the other side. They think they are just an ordinary person, but, you know, if they take off the board, they will understand, “Oh, I am buddha, too [laughs]. How can I be a buddha and ordinary person? It is amazing.” That is enlightenment.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Heretical

You may say it is not possible to be an ordinary and holy [laughs] person. When you think so, your understanding is, we say, heretic understanding or one-sided understanding. We should understand everything, not just from one standpoint.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Not to Be

In the recent piece he did on Taihaku Priest (RIP) and her teacher, Tanaka Shinkai, Taigen Dan Leighton wrote:  

I did a handful of sesshins with Tanaka Shinkai Roshi, Taihaku’s teacher later at Hokyoji, the training temple founded by Dogen’s Chinese disciple Jakuen near Eiheiji. Earlier as a young priest, Shinkai Roshi had been invited by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi to come to SFZC to help, as he invited Katagiri Roshi and Kobun Chino Roshi. At that time Shinkai Roshi had to decline the invitation as he was leading the Tokyo branch of Eiheiji.   

That was news to me. I put it in a notes section for the up and coming greatly expanded Notes on Crooked Cucumber to add to the list of those he was considering that we knew about - Kosho Uchiyama, Kojun Hakusan Noiri, Rempo Niwa, Yuho Yokoi. I don't know if he actually asked any of them as Taigen reports he did with Shinkai. Those were all heavy hitters. Maybe Shinkai would have worked out but not the others I don't think. They were too established and had their own way. I think who did fine with who we got - Kobun Chino, Ryogen Yoshimura, Sotan Tatsugami, and at the very end, Ryuho Yamada. Dainin Katagiri was already one of us.

Not the Same

When you sit you are not the same being you were before you sat. Do [laughs] you understand? Because, when you sit, you are an ordinary person and buddha.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

RIPed

In the People dropdown menu on cuke.com, the top choice is Names. It opens up a page called People in cuke.com. If someone has gone on to the next bardo, an RIP is placed after their name. Elizabeth Sawyer was on that page recently, noticed a name not RIPed, then another and ended up sending me a list of about 20 we'd neglected. There are over 500 names there, most of which have a link to a page or a mention of them. Maybe you know of someone who's passed on that we've neglected to honor the the three initials. If so, please let us know at dchad @ cuke dot com. There's an old memorial page that hasn't been updated in a while. Think it should be retired. The names page RIPs serve that purpose sufficiently. I see it sometimes as a game of musical chairs. One day when the music stops our chair isn't there. And some day that page will be only names with RIP. It's our honor. - dc

And

 When you sit, you are an ordinary person and you are buddha.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tassajara Fire Photos

From the 1977 Marble Cone Fire. Recognize anyone? Is that Pam Chernoff at the bottom middle?

Write dchad @ cuke dot com







Include

When you sit, you know, you are independent from various being, and you are related to various being. And when you have perfect composure in your practice, it means that you include everything. You are not just you. You are whole world or whole cosmos, and you are a buddha.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Buddha Tree

I am one tree, and each one of you are a tree of itself. And by itself, you should, you know, stand up. And when one tree stand up by itself, we call that tree a buddha In other words, when you practice zazen in its true sense, you are really buddha. So buddha and tree is one, in that sense. It may be sometime we call it a tree; sometime we call it a buddha. Buddha or tree or you are many names of one buddha.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Missing list found

Stumbled on Tai Sheridan's Tassajara Journal and saw his list of students at the winter-spring practice period at Tassajara in 1971. Then checked the Tassajara 25 Year Book and saw it wasn't there. Now that list is there (take a look) in the text version of that book that Neil Rubenking did. Thanks Tai (Larry back then) and Neil, and Peter Ford for getting it in there. - dc

Support

I'm just trying to help you, so it is just support of your [laughs] practice. So if you stick to it, it means that you stick to the support,  not the tree itself. You know, a tree, when it is big enough, it may want some support. But most important is the tree itself, not the support.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Griot

This was in a message I received recently. 

The griots' role has traditionally been to preserve the genealogies, historical narratives, and oral traditions of their people; praise songs are also part of the griot's repertoire. In addition to serving as the primary storytellers of their people, griots have also served as advisers and diplomats.

Read more on the griot at Wikipedia.

thanks Louise Pryor


No Need

My talk is just to give you some help in your practice. So it is just help, you know. So, as I always say, there is no need for you to remember what I said as something definite,      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-30 - 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. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Cuke Archives Instagram

 As I post Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts here six days a week on Cuke New blog, Instagram Cuke Archives has an excerpt six days a week with photos. It's presented so well. I may have mentioned here before that this was my wife Katrinka's idea. And she kept bugging me about it till I shared the idea with my associate Peter Ford who looked into it, figured out how to do it, and started doing it a little over a month ago. He's coming from the other end, using Suzuki lecture excerpts from when I started doing this regularly - five years ago. I heartily suggest you check it out. - dc

Personal

We are practicing our way with so many people and we are busy organizing our practice. But we should not forget our personal practice.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Rick Fields


Rick Fields, the author of How the Swans Came to the Lake, died 22 years ago on June 6th. Marcia Fields sent a touching message and the images below. Read what Marcia wrote on Rick's cuke page. I miss Rick still. - dc




True

Whatever it is which is true with us is true with our ancestors and for our descendant, too      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Barbara Wenger Strikes again

Barbara Wenger's Community Garden and Koshland Park History in the SFZC City Center neighborhood.

Barbara's cuke page


Accept

 When you can accept completely the things which people may accept, the truth which is truth for us was the truth for even Shakyamuni Buddha. There is no difference.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

New Minimum Edits Project Milestone

85 new minimum edits of Shunryu Suzuki lectures have now been completed. They are lightly edited for readability, keeping as close as possible to what he actually said, but a lot smoother because Suzuki spent a lot of time in some lectures starting a sentence several times, correcting himself, mixing up pronouns and word agreement and singular and plural, saying "you know" a lot, and so forth. Not all the grammar is fixed, just that which gets in the way of reading flow and comprehension. Nine bows to Wendy Pirsig and Peter Ford for a years' careful work and for re-checking the verbatim versions against the audio and thus we have  a slew of new corrections to the verbatim set as well. This is a another milestone in the ongoing work with Suzuki's lectures to make them more accessible and digestible and presentable. Here's a page for the New Minimum Edits (2020-2021).

Mystery

Religion is, after all, for ourselves-- each one of ourselves. If so, it is necessary to observe our way as a personal practice and independent effort. And when you get through the superficial activity, you will find out some universal things within yourselves. That is a kind of mystery.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Pam Chernoff


An old friend of Pam Chernoff has been searching the Internet looking for clues as to what sort of life she had after high school when they knew each other. As a result we've been collecting what we can find on Pam. Barbara Wenger sent photos. I'm going to try to get some dates from her. They'd be from the seventies and eighties. Already have names. Here's one of the photos which is Pam at Tassajara (me thinks) in a meditation robe. There are more at Pam Chernoff's cuke page which so far just has the photos. 

If you've got anything to share about Pam, please send it to dchad @ cuke dot com.

Tap Tap

When you know that whatever we do in terms of good or bad, right or wrong, is not perfect, then tentatively you can choose some way. That is, in other words, selflessness. You do not [taps stick twice] force anything. Tentatively: “Let's do this way.” That's all, you know.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

New there's a link

Blogger lost the link again from yesterday's post. I swear it wasn't me but I didn't check it and that can be fatal. So here it is - and it's there too. Apologies. - dc

 Read about Gary Gach and then check out his site - if you wish.

Gary Gach


Read about Gary Gach and then check out his site - if you wish.

Discussion

Discussion is necessary if you understand the fundamental attitude or fundamental practice of selflessness, discussion is very useful. But usually-- when you-- because you [are] caught by some idea, some way to solve the problem, you cannot solve the problem. Because no way can be perfect. It will create some other problem, whatever you do.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Mayumi Oda's Life

Sarasvati's Gift: The Autobiography of Mayumi Oda
--Artist, Activist, and Modern Buddhist Revolutionary


Lane Olson has been a guest teacher at Green Gulch Farm and faculty emerita at Sonoma State University, where her courses included Female Images of the Divine and Women in Theology.




One Student No Vote

I don't like to discuss something too much [laughs]. You will be lost in your discussion. It will take, you know, night after night, day by day, and you will not have any conclusion. The last thing you will do is to decide by vote.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Monday, May 31, 2021

Issan

 Ken Ireland sends Issan's Jesus koan. That's Issan Tommy Dorsey. Thanks Ken.

Ken's cuke page

Fussy

If you become too fussy about things, you know, you will lose your practice.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Following from yesterday

So in our monastic life, you should be able to do whatever it is. Whoever it is, your teacher is teacher, you know. That is the only way to get rid of your selfish practice. You should forget all about why or how, even [laughs.] You should do it--whether it is creative activity or imitation. It doesn't matter.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Pam Chernoff

Pam Chernoff was a student at the SFZC while Shunryu Suzuki was the abbot. She died in 1996. I see An old friend of hers would like to know more about her from those days. Does anyone remember anything? If so please write me at dchad @ cuke dot com. Thanks - DC

The only mention I see of her on cuke.com is nine mentions in the Tassajara 25 Year Book.


Sound

  In your zazen, every sound that comes, you do not think about. You do not discriminate. You just hear it.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Taigen on Taihaku Priest and Tanaka Shinkai

Rev. Taihaku Priest/ Tanaka Shinkai Roshi by Taigen Dan Leighton

Advice to Zen students living in the spiritual community

So in short, the best way is to get up when people get up, to eat whatever it is your friends eat, to sleep where they sleep, to behave, you know, like other students behave, without any reason. [Laughs.] That is the best way. That is shikantaza in everyday life. If you are not able to do that, you don't know what is zazen.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Review


Check out the Publisher's Weekly review of the upcoming Zen is Right Now, sequel to Zen is Right Here. 

Wooden Teacher

When you have selfish practice, you stick to something, you know, which you can see, which you can understand. And when you stick to something which you can understand, you will forget all about what is supporting the understanding, the color you see or the beautiful shape it has. So instead of being one with the flower, your friend, or your teacher, you will stick to, you will be caught by your teacher, the flower you see, the friend you have, without having a direct intimate relationship. You will make some barrier between you and what you will see is dead flower or wooden teacher.         --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

RIP Taihaku Priest


Dear Sangha and Friends,
It is with great sadness that I report that our dearly beloved teacher and abbot, Rev. Taihaku, passed away early this morning, May 24th, unexpectedly in the night of a heart attack.
She often said that death is like “jumping into a ginger ale pool” – her joyful effervescence extending even beyond this life. 
Final arrangements are being determined in conjunction with her family and the Soto Zen Order.
May we together support her vision for Shao Shan Temple to be a flowering of the Dharma for the next 700 years.
With immense gratitude for her life, teachings, and founding of Shao Shan Temple,
In the Dharma,
Kenzan



Reverend Taihaku Seiren Priest trained at Hokyoji in Japan, and received Dharma Transmission from Tanaka-Shinkai


Shao Shan Temple

125 Cranberry Meadow Rd.
East CalaisVT  05650

Josho Pat Phelan wrote: Taihaku was Jeff Broadbent's first wife. The day I moved into the SFZC, Suzuki Roshi was performing their wedding.

Strict

 As long as you are seeking for something, some truth, or some way, or some understanding from outside, you will not find out what it is. Only when you are strict with yourself you will find out what is needed for you.         --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Branching Streams

Here's the SFZC's Branching Streams site. Tova Green coordinates Branching Streams and she says there are 75 affiliate groups listed. That's quite a list. It sure has grown. I wonder about Shunryu Suzuki related groups not in Branching Streams and would like a list of them. Also how about a list of groups that former Suzuki era folks are in that aren't Zen, Various things come to mind. I've no time for it now but it would be neat to make a bigger map. - dc

Just Sit

So before you have this kind of struggle, you may wonder why we say you have to sit without any gaining idea. After you try various way to be free from selfish idea, then I think you will find yourself in the position where you can sit-- just sit.         --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Louise Pryor Remembers

I went with Roshi to one of the stone rooms where Govinda was staying.  What I remember about that visit that was so striking for me is that during the visit Suzuki Roshi said to Lama Govinda, “Can you please tell me the cause of suffering?”  I was struck because someone of Roshi’s stature and position would ask a question like that, the most basic, important question.  Was it an expression of respect between teachers, an expression of humility, someone still asking the most important question?

Louise Pryor cuke page

Without Gaining Idea

[Referring to Pure Land Buddhism and Zen] So it is not matter of what you say or how you, even, behave. When you reach this point, you will find out the real practice of repeating Amida Buddha's name or practicing zazen. There is no other way than to repeat Amida-- just repeat Amida Buddha's name without any reason. There is no other way to sit, you know, without any gaining idea.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Negative Arrogance

When arrogance is positive, it is easy to find out. But negative arrogance is rather difficult to see or to know. Negative arrogance is the arrogance when you say, “No, I cannot do that,”        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Mohawk Drums Along the Hudson


Kamala Cesar Buckner, a student of Shunryu Suzuki and dance, asks us to enjoy her Mohawk tribe in Drums Along the Hudson 2021 Virtual Benefit sponsored by her Lotus Music and Dance, a multicultural journey in the performing arts. 


Drums Along the Hudson, Sunday June 6th, 2021 from 11am to 6pm at Inwood Hill Park

Kamala's cuke page

Attitude

And because selflessness is difficult, you want some guidance or teacher. Maybe when you have good teacher and when you are practicing with good teacher, you will be naturally not so selfish. Why our teacher is so hard on us is because of our selfish attitude.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Reloading previous post with link that works

  Jack and Ceci offer five ways to practice self kindness and not compulsively bum oneself out.

link was bad - just fixed it - my fault - didn't check it. Was tired. Mohon ma'af. dc

Jack Elias Cuke page

Self Kindness

 Jack and Ceci offer five ways to practice self kindness and not compulsively bum oneself out.

link was bad - just fixed it

Jack Elias Cuke page

Difficult

This selflessness is very difficult to understand. If you try to be selfless, that is already selfish idea. [Laughs.] We don't know what to do--how to cope with it. Perhaps you may have tried various ways, but selflessness is not something which you can try, you know. It should be there when you do not try anything. Selflessness is not something which you can be aware of. But for us it is necessary to know how difficult it is.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Based On

 Our practice should be based on the idea of selflessness.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-16 - 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. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Tassajara as featured in Be Here Now

 Tassajara in Be Here Now (titled Zen Center) published 1971.

Link posted in Early Papers and Print.

thanks Ted Howell

See text in Ram Dass page

Said at the conclusion of every lecture

  Thank you very much.

       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-15 - 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. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Jeff Broadbent event



Jeff wrote recently: The sociology department [U of Minnesota] had a nice zoom retirement event for me.  I talked about my climate change project and four people involved in it also made comments. 

Jeff Broadbent's Recognition Event

Jeff's cuke page


Mutants

Student H: In zazen, if the cushion before your eyes begins to glow, or you see the bodhisattvas blinking their eyes, or the people on each side of you seem to be mutants, what is happening?

SR: What is happening? Maybe that is a good experience. But sometime, you know, it is because of your bad breathing exercise. If it is healthy, you know, good experience for you, of course that is very good. But sometime, you know, it is just some created idea because of your unhealthy practice. What I mean is it is not always good, you know.

Student H: Well, one feels very peaceful when one sees this.

SR: Mm-hmm

Student H: Then perhaps it's good.

SR: Yeah.

Student H: But if, for instance, there's a feeling of a strong weight on the head--

SR: Yeah.

Student H: Then that's unpleasant.

SR: Yeah.

Student H: And one doesn't know what to do.

SR: Yeah. That is because your breathing is not so good. But even if it is good, you shouldn't stick to it, 
        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-15 - 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. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Continuing his answer from yesterday

Our sangha is a small world itself or society itself. We will learn many things. So for us it is necessary to know or to understand why we have rules. You should know why we have rules and why you have to say something to others. So actually, there are no rules. But [laughs], the rules are good devices.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-03-15 - 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.