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Friday, September 24, 2021

Everything

We say, “One practice covers everything”-- various virtues. And when you practice your practice in that way, you may be a piece of stone, you may be a tree, you may be a star, you may be an ocean. So you cover everything.          --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Wave

One practice includes various virtues, and one feeling of practice will result in various feelings like a wave on the sea.         --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

When

Back and forth when you understand our practice, you will enjoy your practice, thinking about what kind of practice you had had before you attained actual enlightenment. Sometime you will have pity on someone who is involved in wrong practice. And sometime you will laugh at yourself, you know, when you fell into, when you are involved in wrong practice. “Oh, what were you doing?” [Laughs.] You will, you know, laugh at-- you will tease yourself: “What are you doing?” You will have various feeling. All the real compassion or real love or true encouragement or true courage will arise from here. You will be not only courageous person but also you are very kind person when you reach-- when you understand yourself in that way.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Purpose

So the purpose of our practice is just to be yourself. When you become yourself in that way, you have real enlightenment. The enlightenment you have in your mind, that you attained long time ago is not actual enlightenment.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Cake

If you cannot see actually what is buddha-nature [taps], it doesn't mean anything [laughs]. It is painted rice cake. It is not actual one. If you want to see the actual rice cake, you should see it when it is there.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Fukanzazengi Study Book

Fukanzazengi study book (thanks Kokyo Henkle for sending this and thanks to his friend Paul Hoffman for scanning it. I've been wanting to find a copy of it for decades. It now joins some other character studies I did at Tassajara. This one in 1975. It's on the Early Papers and Print page. The Fukanzazengi is Dogen's best known work on zazen.- dc Kanji by dear and departed Ryogen Yoshimura.

Here!

So buddha nature is not something which will appear in the future. True, real buddha-nature should be something which is actually [taps on table with stick] here.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Buddha Nature

“Hai!” is buddha nature itself, in its true sense. Buddha-nature which you have proudly within yourself is not buddha nature. Actual buddha-nature is when you say “Hai!” or when you become you yourself, or when you forget all about yourself. You will have another name for buddha or buddha nature. [hai is yes in Japanese]     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Two Reivews of Jed Linde's Three Charles Stories


On Three Charles Stories 

Amazon Customer Review
Anne L Whitaker

5.0 out of 5 stars

Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2021
What a delightful walk into Charles' life. From his early memories of a chaotic childhood,
through his developing years into manhood, and finally into a few highlights and "earth quaking" experiences
in his adult life. You are drawn into the next paragraph wanting to read more of his life experiences.
 and challenges .
Jed Linde is a marvelous storyteller!
*******
DC comment: It's a good read. I knew Jed pretty well way back then and I know him better now. My wife Katrinka
reads a lot of books and she started reading it today and said, "He's an excellent writer. It pulls me along.
I'll finish it quick." I said, "I told you so."

Hai means Yes

 Buddha-nature is actually when I said “Hai!” to my wife. That “Hai!” is buddha-nature itself, in its true sense.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Be Yourself

So on each moment [laughs] you should be concentrated yourself, and you should be really yourself.               --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Forget

So, as Dogen Zenji says, “To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. And to study ourselves is to forget ourselves on each moment.” To forget ourselves means to be yourself on each moment. Then everything will come and help you, and everything will assure your enlightenment.                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

A New Review of Zen Is Right Now

 from the Buddhist Door

I put this comment in below the article: That's a wonderful review from a wonderful Buddhist Door. One small correction. Shunryu Suzuki founded the first Zen Buddhist Monastery in the West, not the first Zen Center in the US or West. The First Zen Inst. in New York City was founded in the thirties and Nyogen Senzaki had small groups in San Francisco and LA going back to at least the thirties. Tassajara Zen Mt. Center was founded in 1967. It's the first Buddhist monastery that was open to more than a few monks. It was open to lay people and monks, men and women. Many more traditional Buddhists would think of it as a Buddhist community and that's somewhat true during the guest season, but the practice periods are rigorous and I found it to be quite enjoyable despite the discipline. May all beings be happy and awaken.

Zen Is Right Now cuke page

Monday, September 13, 2021

Memorabilia

 

Sent by Hideko Oga whose boyfriend got it for a dollar at a yard sale. 

Continuing from last week's top of pole talk

For instance, you know, my wife [laughs]-- every morning, when breakfast is ready, she hits clappers. If I don't answer [laughs], she may continue to hit them [laughs, laughter] until I feel rather angry [laughs, laughter]. Why we have that kind of problem is quite simple. Because I don't answer, you know. If I say “Hai!”-- that's the end of it [laughs, laughter]. Because I don't say “Hai!” she she has to continue because she doesn't know whether I heard it or not [laughs].

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Kazuaki Tanahashi streaming from Chicago on the 19th


The composer Andrea Clearfield has composed some of Kazuaki Tanahashi's peace poems to music. It includes libretto by Doreen Rao based on his book Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis. The music will be performed by the Fourth Coast Ensemble, an extraordinary solo singer with quartet with a piano. After the Overture and in between the singing, Tanahashi will be creating paintings while a shakuhachi flutist and a drummer improvise. The concert will take place in Chicago on September 19. We can watch streaming live or anytime on September 20. 

Tickets are available at: http://www.fourthcoastensemble.com/brush.html. Anyone from any country can watch. This is another offering from Kazuaki Tanahashi whose peace work has been pouring out of him for decades. May his offerings continue long into the future.

Right Here

You can't stop at the top of the pole and you can't jump off. That is the problem, you know. That is why you should practice and you should forget all about the top of the pole. If so, you know, where should we throw our misunderstanding is right here [taps three times on table with stick], you know. Not this way or that way or past or future. Right here.                    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Jump

We have problem whether we should jump off from here [laughs], you know. Actually we cannot jump off [laughs].                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

More on that Koan

But you think when you have some experience of enlightenment or something, you think we can rest here, you know, observing various sight at the top of a pole, forgetting all about to climb up-- to continue climbing up a pole. But actually there is no top for anything. Things are continuously growing or changing to something else. Nothing exists in its own form or color. So actually there is no top. But when we think, “Here is a top,” that is already misunderstanding.                  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Cremation Can Wait

Blessed was the richness of quietude. - Rico Provisoli shares a close one.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A Labor Day Message

 from Edward Brown

Top of the Pole

There is very famous koan, you know. A man who climb up to the top of a pole. If he stays here [tapping on stick, probably held to represent the pole], he is not enlightened one. When he jump off from the top of the pole, he may be a enlightened one. This is koan.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Don't Forget

 Instagram Cuke Archives page - Posting the Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts from Blogger starting years ago but this time tastefully superimposed over a photo from our photo archive, so far just ones with Shunryu Suzuki in them. - Well done Peter Ford! 

Fooled

You may feel as if you are fooled by me, you know, but it is not so [laughs, laughter]. It is not a laughing matter. You know, we are seriously confronting with our selfish desires, and we are always observing things in wrong way. When we come to this point, it is necessary for us to understand our practice-- our practice of shikantaza.                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Name

Evil desire is just a name, you know. Just name of one thing. There is no such thing to pull out, like this, and to throw away.                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Annihilated

as I explained, evil desire is another name of buddha-nature. Where does that evil desire [laughs], you know, come from? There is actually no place for evil desires. We evil desires should be annihilated. Why is that? Where do you throw this away [laughs, laughter]?                    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

A film with Vanja Palmers

 Descending the Mountain - exploring psilocybin and the nature of consciousness

Vanja Palmers cuke page

 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Jordan Thorn


Thanks Myles Cowherd for sending these three links to videos with dear departed Jordan Thorn chanting. 




Name

 So whatever you call it, that is another name of one reality. Even though you call it mountain or river, that is another name of one reality. So we should not be fooled by words of “nature” or “result” or “buddhahood.” We should see thing itself with clear mind. In this way, we understand buddha-nature.                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lage Carlson

Lage Carlson sent an email with photos. Check it out:

No Special Person

There is of course layman and thee is priest [laughs]. Usually you understand in that way, but actually there is no particular person to be a priest, you know. Each one of you can be a priest and I could be a layman. Just because I wear a robe I am priest. Because I behave like a priest, I am a priest. That's all, you know. There is no special person for priest or for layman.                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Another Name

“Evil desires,” we say [laughs], but it is another name of buddha-nature [laughs].                    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Some Neat art work

 Kelsang Tsogtor (Van Vorheis) had these pictures done in Oaxaca.



Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu Suzuki, Jerome Peterson



Evil Desiree

So nature or outlook of things is two names of one thing, one reality. Sometime we say buddha-nature. Sometime we say enlightenment or bodhi or buddha or attainment. But those are just the two side of one reality. So not only we call it from those two side, but also we call it, sometime, “evil desire.”                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Lucy (Bennett) Calhoun

 2020 Letter to the SFZC Leadership to set the record straight.

Cuke interview with Lucy

Buddha Nature

What does it mean when we say everybody has buddha nature? When we say buddha-nature,  you may think buddha-nature is some innate nature because we say nature. In Japanese we use same words--nature-- buddha-nature. But actually it is not nature like nature of human being, or nature of plant, or nature of cats or dogs. It is not that kind of nature. In this case nature means something which is there whatever you do. Whatever you do, there is nature. Nature is not something which is there before you do something. When you do something, at the same time, nature appears. That is what we mean by nature when we say buddha nature.                  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-20 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Eyes Open or Closed

Harry Garcia, of recent post (Friday, Aug. 27) fame, wrote about doing meditation with eyes opened or closed. He's mainly studied Tibetan Buddhism but in Japan where he lives now did a Vipassana retreat.

Referring to Yesterday's Story

That is, I think, a good example. I'm not, you know, trying to convince you to give up smoking, or something like that. But we must have that kind of way-seeking mind. Then, you know, your practice will be pretty good.                  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Two Anecdotes

Just got a neat email from Harry Garcia

Hi. I met you in Dec 1972 in Albuquerque. You were passing through with Dianne [Daya Goldschlag]. You wore a purple down jacket. I was a student of Trungpa but I'd just spent the Fall Practice Period at Tassajara where Dianne had also been practicing. Hence the visit. We smoked pot.

I have a few anecdotes I thought you might like. When I went to Karma Dzong in 73 I met Annapurna. She told me she'd been in India and that because she had severe asthma she had the habit of asking gurus what to do if one were dying. She ran into Trungpa there and asked him. His advise was, "Be open and have a sense of humor." 

And a Mel Weitsman anecdote! When I was at Tassajara I overheard a conversation on Alice Haspray's with Mel. She explained to Mel that Trungpa hadn't been able to play when he was a child. Mel responded, "Now he's playing." 

A Smoking Story

Kitano Zenji-- when I was at Eiheiji Monastery, head of the monastery was Kitano Zenji. He told-- he told us why he-- how he gave up smoking. He was inveterate smoker when he was a monk, and he told us about it. “I was,” you know, “very bad smoker.” But when he was traveling, he came across the pass-- Hakone Pass. It was misty weather. So, sitting on the rock on the top of the pass [path?], take out a pipe and started to smoke in misty weather. It is very good, as you know, to smoke in some damp, misty weather. It was so nice that he was struck by the, you know, by the taste of it, and he determined to give up [laughs, laughter] smoking. That was the last smoke, you know [laughs]. You know, wherever he is, you know, even he is resting on the top of the mountain after climbing up maybe eight miles, he was actually-- he didn't lose the conviction [laughs] of practicing zazen. “Oh!” [Laughs, laughter.] “I must give it up!”                   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A Pencil Drawing from a Photo


Kelsang Tsogtor (formerly Van Vorhees) had this drawing done in Thailand. He later gave the photo it was based on to Zen Center. I sent this drawing to Rinsoin and the Suzuki's said they hadn't seen it and were surprised when I said it was drawn from a photo. I think there's a slight chance it's not Shunryu Suzuki but it sure looks like him when he was younger. Maybe it's from when he first arrived in the US in 1959. He was 55 years old then. You can download it from this page on shunryusuzuki.com.

Eat

When you eat, you would rather eat something sweet and nice, but actually, whatever it is, we should be ready to accept and eat, without saying, “This is delicious,” or “This is not so good.” When you want to have something more, you should come back to our conviction.                  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Extend

So this conviction, this kind of practice, should be extended in your everyday life, but your way of everyday life should not be extended to our practice [laughs, laughter].                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Conviction

You should extend this conviction to practice our way to your everyday life. That is our everyday life. But we easily lose this kind of conviction. That is a very important point, and in your everyday life I want you to come back to this kind of conviction. Then, you know, your everyday life will be completely refreshed. And at the same time, I think it may be your great problem if you haven't this kind of conviction in your everyday life. This is very, you know, difficult thing                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Erik Storlie old photo


Asked Erik for a photo of him back in the day to go with the more recent photo that went with his podcast.

Erik wrote: Here's a picture of my brother and me as we rebuilt the floor of the cabin in about 1970, the summer before i came to live at page street--arriving horrified to hear that roshi was dying. I'm on the left.

Now Erik's looking for a photo of him with Shunryu Suzuki at the first Tassajara sesshin in 1967.

Erik's Cuke page - with a link to his podcast and the photo larger


Monday, August 23, 2021

Outtakes from Zen Is Right Now

Vignettes about Shunryu Suzuki that hit the cutting room floor - bookwise - but they are reborn here - and they're all elsewhere on cuke.com or shunryusuzuki.com too though some few came from my memory and another few from notes. This is just the first batch. There will be about 150 in all. The exciting process of how the selection was made is described on this page.

Happen

When I am talking to you, and when you are listening to me, I think you have the right kind of conviction, and I have too [laughs]. But when you go home [laughs], what will happen? And when I am not, you know, talking, or when I am not practicing zazen with you, what will happen? That is the point.                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Willem and his father

 

Willem wrote: His name was Klaus Malten, a dermatologist and professor. He taught me many many things, iron discipline in the first place. Not that I have much of that now, but he tried. And I did too. He visited Zen Center maybe twice or even 3 times. He was very skeptical at first, but started to like sitting after a few times, since it reminded him of being silent in the second ww, and hiding from the Germans (even though he himself was half German and  spoke German as fluently as a natural).

DC: I've hear people say that zazen reminded them of many things but this is the first time I've heard that it reminded them of sitting still to avoid be discovered by the enemy. Makes sense.


Stand UP

You may understand how important it is to have some strong conviction to practice zazen. When you sit, actually: “I shall never stand up from this seat unless someone tells me to stand up,” that is the way. Then, at that time, your practice is beyond space and time. “How long, it doesn't matter. Wherever I am, it doesn't matter. I shall never stand up unless someone tells me to stand up.” That is shikantaza.                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Yakusan

Once Yakusan, the famous Zen master in China, was asked to give a lecture. “It is so long since you gave a lecture, so please give some lecture after sesshin.” [Laughing.] He came up to the altar and came down, and went to his room without saying anything. So for him, one minute is enough. For me, it takes twenty minutes [laughter].

But his jisha asked him, after he went back to his room, “Why didn't you give a lecture, some words?” And he said, “I am a Zen master, so I will not say anything. If you want to study Zen, you should listen to some Buddhist philosopher, then he will explain it in detail [laughs, laughter]. I am a Zen master, so to practice with you is my motto. For me there is no need to speak, and for my students there is no need to receive any lecture.”
                     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Okesa


Willem Malten in Santa Fe has finished sewing his okesa. He wrote: "Started this with Kobun-- finally finished. Took 30 years or so to get this far, with long breaks in the middle (Kobun’s death). The stitching is with Japanese golden threat on green canvas cloth. and supposedly the pattern itself is a reflection on the irrigation channels through rice fields in Japan."

Skin

OK - listen through your skin, you know. This is enough. There is no need to listen through your ears. [Laughs.] So to listen to a lecture with empty mind is very important as you practice zazen.                      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 69-04-19 - 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. Got to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Coming in April

 

On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence: Selected and Unpublished Writings Hardcover – April 26, 2022