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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sandy Hollister


Shunryu Suzuki student Sandy Hollister died last month - as posted a few days ago. Here she is around 1970 making a rakusu in the Buddha Hall at the City Center. That's Fran Keller behind her.

Sandy Hollister cuke page

No Ice Cream

Student F: How do you, in your daily life keep a healthy mind from not expecting when some people, without knowing it, want you to get into expecting it with them?

SR: Yeah. If you don't know the nature of suffering, you know, you will suffer more. But if you know why you suffer, then you think, “I expect too much,” you know. “There is no ice cream here,” [laughs] so I shouldn't think about ice cream. That there is no ice cream is already not so good. But if you expect it, if you want [laughs, laughter] to have it, you make yourself worse [laughs, laughter]. So by not expecting it when you can't have it, you will be relieved from a lot of suffering.
      --------------------------- 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, May 11, 2021

Cuke Archives on Instagram

 Thanks to Katrinka's urging and Peter Ford's persistence, we now have 

https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/

with a daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpt or quote that is different from what's on Cuke What's New Blogger.

Suffering

Student E: Roshi, why do people suffer?

SR: Suffer? Yeah. Suffering means, you know, spiritual suffering especially or physical suffering too. When you expect something, you have already suffering, because actually things doesn't go as you expect. So there is suffering already. When you are ill, if you do not try too much to get well, it is pretty good. It is not so bad. But if you try to get well too much, that is suffering. So when you are ill, you should accept it. “Oh, I am not so well [laughs]. Maybe someday I shall be all right.” Then you have not much suffering. So, you know, when you expect something, we have already suffering. And that expectation is not realistic enough, usually.              --------------------------- 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. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Peter van der Sterre on Jay simoneaux

Peter van der Sterre included his thoughts on Jay Simoneaux and Jay's recent passing in an Everyday Zen talk. It's on a cuke page for Jay at http://www.cuke.com/people/simoneaux-jay.htm#peter


Deep Breathing

Student D: In the beginning of my practice of zazen it was suggested that I count my breaths. Are there other methods I could use? Should I just experiment around with different ways.

SR: Yeah. For instance, maybe, you know-- usually our breathing is very shallow. If you do shallow breathing always, you know, it create problem. So I say take deeper breaths. You should try to make your breathing deeper. Hai.
             --------------------------- 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 8, 2021

RIP Sandy Hollister

Just learned that Sandy died on April 7th of cancer.

Cuke page for Sandy Hollister <http://www.cuke.com/people/hollister-sandy.htm>

Sandy began sitting at SF Zen Center in 1967 and later got involved with Gengo Akiba and Yoshi's Oakland Zen Center


Gya te gya te...

Whatever

 SR: Hai.

Student C: Do you think it's important to continue practice even when we're not feeling well? When we're ill?

SR: Sometime it may be better to sit even though you are ill. But sometime you cannot, you know. Or sometime it may be better not to take formal posture. But you can sit-- not sit, but you can practice our way whatever the situation is. Even though you are lying in bed, you can practice zazen-- not zazen but-- we can practice our way.             --------------------------- 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. 

Link Disappeared again

The link to Tano Maeda's Buddhist Film Channel disappeared just like the prior link did. I thought if I checked it after posting that would do it but I did check and it was good. But today it was gone. Or maybe this is a complex senior moment. Anyway - I updated it with a hot link and checked it and added the URL https://buddhistfilmchannel.com/ and I'm going to start doing that so that when this happens there will be some recourse for the frustrated visitor. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Buddhist Film Channel


The Buddhist Film Channel
 - Gaetano Kazuo Maeda's decades long endeavor. https://buddhistfilmchannel.com/

Here's his Facebook page

Between

When you are enslaved by something, what you are doing is not pure enough--realistic enough. Something is between you and what you're doing: rules or idea or idea of self, you know. “I am doing something.” ”I am doing something” means I am enslaved by “me,” ideal “me.” So, you know, we should be more realistic. Do you understand? What I want to say -- [Sentence not finished. Tape turned over.]             --------------------------- 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. 

DC comment: Some tape operators would note down what Suzuki said in the gap when the tape was turned over. They will be rewarded in the afterlife. Woe to this one.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Link Fixed

The prior post on the Jay Simoneaux (RIP) dharma talk now has a link to the talk. Darn Blogger - got to check them each time cause they can disappear when uploading. Thanks for the heads up A.M. - dc 

Jay Simoneaux


Here's a dharma talk by Jay
on the Everyday Zen site

Here's another long ago photo of Jay in the center with Issan Tommy Dorsey on the right and Jed Linde on the left I think.

Good Relation

We are doing something always in relation to something else. But we should not be enslaved by it. There is difference, you know: to be enslaved by it and to have a good relationship.             --------------------------- 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, May 5, 2021

Enslaved

Student B: What do you mean, “We should not lose ourselves?”

SR: “Lose yourself” means you should not stick to something--some rules or some idea. You should be more realistic [laughs]. Do you understand? Lose yourself-- lose--”to lose” means to stick to something, to be enslaved by something.            --------------------------- 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, May 4, 2021

Jay Simoneaux in Memoriam

from Everyday Zen 

In Memoriam

 

Jay Simoneaux
Elder Rinsho, Unfolding Compassion

Dear Everyday Zen Sangha,

Jay Simoneaux has made his final ascent.

At the center of his families and many circles of friends, he passed from this life Sunday, May 2, at 7:30 pm in the home he created with his wife and life partner, Judy Avery and extended family.

High country explorer and guide, he shared with us a lifetime love of discovered trails and Sierra granite.

Craftsman, lover and abiding student of the Buddha way, the scale of his gifts and wide reach was matched by the depth of his loss through Parkinson's disease.

Through practice and pain, his heart was scoured and opened to us all at each creative stage. His life will continue to sustain and inspire us.

Peter van der Sterre

Peter and Chris will lead us in a memorial service for Jay at Dharma Seminar on Wednesday evening.

Norman will officiate at a Zoom memorial at a later date (to be determined).

Elder Rinsho
Unfolding Compassion


Jay received Shukke Tokudo, priest ordination, from Richard Baker Roshi at San Francisco Zen Center, 1977.

He practiced with Everyday Zen for many years and served as Shuso for the Fall Practice Period, October 2009.

He received Shiho, Dharma Transmission, from Zoketsu Norman Fischer in March 2012.

His kind and gentle way was loved by all.
Cards can be sent to Jay's wife and life partner, Judy Avery, and the extended family at:

459 17th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

You may wish to chant the Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra for Jay with the following dedication:
 

May we awaken Buddha’s compassion and luminous mirror wisdom, chanting the Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra, we dedicate the merit for the safe passage of our dear sangha brother, Jay Simoneaux, Elder Rinsho, Unfolding Compassion, and for the wellbeing of his grieving friends and family members.

May he be free from suffering and born into peaceful nurturing, and may we all together attain Buddha’s way.

Unusual Example of Failure

If you fail to serve tea, you should think why, without making some excuse. You failed anyway, you know. So what you should do not to fail again? There is no rules but to be aware of what you are doing. Do you understand?            --------------------------- 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. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Tap tap tap

So you should not attach to it, or you should not be bothered by it, or you should not be satisfied with it, whatever it is, or you should not try to avoid it because it is there [taps several times]. So you should think-- or you should be aware of that, you know, problem and why you have that problem [taps several times]-- that kind of problem.           --------------------------- 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. 

RIP Jay Simoneaux


Dear Zen brother Jay Simoneaux died at 7:30 PM Sunday, May 2nd. What a great guy he was. Condolences to Judy.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Mike Dixon's portraits


Michael Wenger suggested Mike Dixon send his portraits of "old Zen guys" to Cuke for immortalization which I see is actually a real word. Now they're on Willard Make Dixon's cuke page and next they'll be on the pages of the honored subjects.  The other subjects' portraits--Shunryu Suzuki, Mel Weitsman, Ed Brown, and Dan Welch--have each been featured on What's New recently. That leaves only yours truly which is featured today. I blush. - DC

Enough

That you have problem means you have not yet [taps five times with stick-- once for each of previous five words], you know, surrendered enough. [Taps several times.]          --------------------------- 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.