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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Edward Brown by Mike Dixon

 


Here's another Mike Dixon portrait, this time the subject is Edward Brown




Try Hard

For instance, you know, in morning time we clean our room. But we don't have enough rags or brooms, so it is almost impossible to participate in our cleaning. So what you should do is to find out something to do [laughs]. You may think, “There is nothing for me to do.” But there is, if you, you know [laughs], if you try hard to find out what you should do.        --------------------------- 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, April 16, 2021

Appropriate

So each one of us must have each one's own way. And according to the situation, you should change your way and to find out some appropriate way. So you cannot stick to anything. The only thing we have to do is to find out some appropriate way under new situation.       --------------------------- 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. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mel

 


Here's a Willard Mike Dixon painting of dearly departed Mell Weitsman.


Mel Weitsman cuke page


Mike Dixon cuke page

Different

There is no particular way for us, because each one of us are different from the other.      --------------------------- 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. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Portrait of Shunryu Suzuki

 


by Willard Mike Dixon  His artist name is Willard Dixon but friends know him as Mike. He did this in 2013.

Sent this note to Mike: You nailed it man. That's as effective as any photo I've seen in bringing him to life. Good for you.
 

I've got some more to share. And I'll get them on his page and on their pages on cuke. 

Mike Dixon cuke page

Without being told

We have perhaps too many students in this zendo. But even if some master has two or three students, he will never tell you what our way is in detail. The only way is to eat with him, to talk with him, and to do something-- to do everything with him. And to help him without, you know, even being told how to help him.      --------------------------- 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. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

You talkin to me?

Good or bad, small or big, we should find out the true reason why something is so big and why something is so small, why something is so good and why something is not so good. But if you [laughs] only are trying to find out something good, you know, you will always lose something. And you are limiting your faculty. So you always live in limited world. You cannot accept things as it is.      --------------------------- 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. 

Tassajara and a Sunflower

Annie Schliffer got hold of me recently when she listened to the podcast with Roovane Ben Yuhman. He told a couple of stories that included here. Now we've got one of them from her point of view - plus how it read in Crooked Cucumber. Read about it on Annie's cuke page.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Limiting

You may try hard, may study something if you like it, you know. If you don't like it, you ignore it. That is not only a selfish way, but also the limiting your power of study.     --------------------------- 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, April 10, 2021

A Comment on the Samgha situation from Yesterday's blog post

Samgha published Japanese translations of
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Not Always So, Crooked Cucumber, Zen is Right Here
and has gone bankrupt

Learn more in English and Japanese about the Samgha situation

Concerning the bankruptcy of Samgha, Hideko Oga (Petchey) writes:

I am sorry about this disappointing business ending.
I have no other friends in Japan with the western style Buddhism like Sangha Publisher but all belong to the Japanese preset structure.  I can imagine getting the new wave to the old establishment is hard.
It’s like opening a Japanese green tea business in UK.  That’s interesting and inspires some but not enough to sustain it as a business.
I wish I could help but I guess it’s beyond me.  I wish I could say or do something!

DC comment - They had an inventory problem. If the staff starts up a new company, it should consider going all POD - print on demand - and online - ebooks, audiobooks, etc. 

 


Study

So it is not a matter of what you study, but of gaining the faculty to see things as it is, to accept things as it is, to understand things as it is.      --------------------------- 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, April 9, 2021

Save Samgha!

 


Samgha published Japanese translations of
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Not Always So, Crooked Cucumber, Zen is Right Here
and has gone bankrupt

Learn more in English and Japanese about the Samgha situation

Cover

Whatever you do, you will not waste your time. But when you do something with some limited idea or some definite purpose, what you will gain are some concrete things which will cover your inner nature.       --------------------------- 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Dan Welch Art

 Lots of Dan Welch art on cuke.com. Putting a link to the main hub for it on the new DW cuke page. Will check later to see if that page links to all of it we have therein.

Waste

It looks like waste of time [laughs, laughter], but it is not so, you know. That attitude [of to study with no purpose] is important. If you continue to try to seek in that way, more and more you will gain the power to understand things.          --------------------------- 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 e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

DW at Crestone

Two more pics of Dan Welch at Crestone (with a star-studded cast of others) at Crestone ZMC, the 2nd installment for his new long overdue cuke page.

Sake

If some Zen master drinks a lot of sake, you may think the best way to obtain enlightenment is to take a lot of sake [laughs]. But even though you take a lot of sake as he does [laughs, laughter], you will not attain enlightenment [laughs, laughter].          --------------------------- 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 lookig for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these e,xcrpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Suzuki's Scientific Method

If you want to study something, it's better not to have any purpose, better to study without, you know, knowing how to study or knowing what is Buddhism.         --------------------------- 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 lookig for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

A Mondo

Just started a cuke page for Dojun Dan Welch who's all over cuke.com and is long overdue for a hub.

Check out the first installment.  

Monday, April 5, 2021

Barbara Lubanski Wenger's Flickr Photo Albums


 1577 Photos from the world of SFZC 1973 on - and more


thanks for reminding Laura Burges

Seeking

But if you don't know where is the pillow, you are just seeking, worried, and your mind is open to everything. In that way, you will see things as it is.         --------------------------- 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 lookig for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

More on Barrie Mason


On Barrie Mason's cuke page there's now a nice letter from Chris Fortin on Barrie and Barbara Wenger sent this cool photo of Barrie holding Lichen Brown at a ZC pre-school event around 1974.

Seeking

So when you are seeking for something, your true nature is in full activity, even when you know what you are seeking for-- like someone who is in the dark seeking for his own pillow because he lost it. At that time, your mind is in full function. But if you know where the pillow is, your mind is not in full function. Your mind is acting in a limited sense.        --------------------------- 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 lookig for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

RIP Barrie Mason


Barrie Mason died Wednesday evening. Farewell dear friend. She came to the Zen Center first in 1968. In recent years she's been practicing with Chris Fortin's sangha in Sonoma County.

More later. Just learned. No details.

Barrie Mason cuke page




Jewel Mirror

Twenty years ago Charlie Pokorny did a study of the Jewell Mirror Samadhi

You can find that and other random sutra stuff at this cuke sutra page which could be better organized and presented

Understand

The moment you think you understand something, you will stick to it. And you will lose the full function of your nature.        --------------------------- 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 lookig for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Eureka!

 I have finally awakened to the answer to all my hopes and dreams and the pracice and searching. Read on.

Find Out

You should always try to find out what really mean by “buddha-nature” or by “practice” or by “enlightenment.” In this way, you will have a more subtle attitude towards everything until you understand things as it is.       --------------------------- 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 lookig for zingers or "the best of." I find that following these e,xcerpts daily provides another way to experience Suzuki's teaching.