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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Freedom of Creativity

When we do not think “right or wrong, good or bad,” our mind is big enough to accept things whether they are old or new. Who tells us the teaching or who forces some way of life on us doesn't matter. We will not lose our way, and we will develop our way with our own ideas and in our own way. There will be freedom of creativity. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Good or Bad

In our practice, we should forget all about ideas of good or bad, right or wrong. But when old culture becomes rigid and concrete, it will always force something anew. So, in our practice, even though we do not ignore the ideas of good or bad, we are not caught by the ideas of good or bad anymore. Instead of expressing resistance, we resume our original nature or universal nature or a state of mind before being crystallized in some particular way. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Resistance to the Old Way

Usually resistance and obedience are two quite different tendencies or activities of mind or functions of mind. But originally they are not different. There we have the reason why we practice something informally and why we practice in the opposite way. Because you feel some resistance to your old culture, you should practice zazen. And you feel better to practice our way, because our practice is the expression of our resistance to the old way of life. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Our Way

Our way is not to be prohibitive or controlling. Just to put our effort to another direction is our way. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

A Critical Situation

Most young people have this kind of feeling—a kind of resistance. When we have this kind of resistance, observing something quite common is difficult because it is not so encouraging. But if you are under a very critical situation, you will have to have, or you will find out your true nature. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, November 28, 2022

A Lighthouse in a Stormy Ocean

If we don't know what is true practice and the nature of our practice based on human culture and where we should put our effort, we cannot make appropriate effective effort in helping ourselves and others. This kind of instruction given by Dogen Zenji is like a lighthouse in a stormy ocean. When the sea is very calm, you should rather expect and like to have a storm [laughs]. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

For the Beginner

Like I told you over and over, the point of our effort is like this: for the beginner it looks very discouraging and frustrating. Someone in dokusan said, Zen is like standing on your head [laughs]. It is simple, but to keep standing on your head is very difficult. I think that is very true. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Resume the Source of Life

If we do not know how to resume the source of life, we will have both joy and regretfulness. We cannot enjoy our life in its true sense without this practice. That is why Dogen Zenji put emphasis on practice. It does not mean to slight other practices, but if we forget this point, whatever practice it may be, it won't work. It won't help us in its true sense. On the other hand, if you understand this point, whatever way of practice you apply, it will open up your mind for everything. And to be ready for accepting various difficulties is the purpose of zazen. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Joy / Regret

In zazen, our mind should not be in a state of contamination or in the state of sleepiness. If sleeping, we cannot practice zazen. But on the other hand, if our mind is in a state of agitation or of extreme joy, we cannot practice our way. And describing this extreme joy, Chinese people use two characters. One is the culmination of joy. And the other character is regretfulness. This describes if the culmination of joy happens to us, the next moment will be regret [laughs]. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo. Practice Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Evolution of Life

The evolution of life creates many problems for us. I am not regretful about our civilization. I enjoy it very much. But at the same time, we should know that there is not complete freedom or complete renunciation in this kind of civilization. Even though evolution brought our individual lives to this point where we have many fears, we know how to resume our original source of life. Then we can enjoy this civilization at the top of evolution of life's activity. Without this kind of understanding, when you are involved in activity you may be all right, but what will happen next? You will be very regretful. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Separation

I went to Yosemite and saw a waterfall. I was watching it. It was one sheet of white pearls hanging on rock. But a part of it was separated from the rock and falling down. When I saw it, I felt very sorry for the separated water [laughs]. It was almost going to be mist, but was still water. If it became completely mist, there would be no problem for it. But they are not completely mist yet, or water. So it had to travel one thousand feet, all the way down to the bottom. If I hadn't seen that separated water, I wouldn't have that kind of feeling for it. But separation from the original source creates some feeling for us. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Many Kinds of Practice

In ancient times, people practiced various ways. Sometimes they meditated on skeletons; sometimes they meditated on water; or sometimes they practiced zazen to detach—thinking of a filthy bag containing lungs and stomach and many nasty things within it. Even a beautiful person contains many filthy things [laughs] in her. Actually they did this. There are many kinds of practice for us. You are just laughing at them, but if you were in the situation, you would do it. But in America, this kind of thing will never happen. All those practices work, when based on the true way of zazen. But if those practices are directed only one way, they don't work. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lect

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Readiness of Mind

Dogen Zenji said, “Think unthinkable.” We think, but the direction of our thinking is opposite. Instead of trying to attain something, we try to forget. Instead of to keep thinking, we try to stop thinking. What you will acquire through this practice will be tremendous, and every activity should be based on this kind of readiness of your mind. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Universal

Whatever happens to you, as long as you know the bottom of suffering—bottom of fear—you feel quite safe. When you do not know the bottom of it, there you have real fear. You don't know what to do with yourself. As long as you know what will happen to you after your death, there is nothing to be afraid of. Our practice is to resume our original state of being which is universal. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

If Fire Comes

As an old Zen master said, “If fire comes, you should be burned. If water comes, you should be drowned.” That is our way. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

No Fear

There is no possibility for dogs or cats to be insane [laughs]. Because we are human beings, we should get dressed in some way. If we go insane, we may walk around without any clothes. We don't want to do that as human beings. But for cats and dog there is no such fear. Whatever happens to us after all, if we know what our life is completely and where we go completely, there is no fear whatsoever. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Going Insane

Even if you cannot deal with your fear, nothing happens to you. Even if you go insane, that is all right [laughter]. Because we are normal, we have that kind of fear. We should feel lucky to have the possibility of going insane. But usually, we are trying not to be insane. That is the opposite of our zazen effort. Rather we practice zazen to enjoy the possibility of going insane [laughter]. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Mayumi Goddess Exhibition link fixed

 The link to the brief video of Mayumi Oda with Bob Thurman at the Tibet House at the opening of the exhibition of her wonderful Goddess art was bad in the prior post. It's fixed now and here it is again.

We Disappear

Actually, what does not disappear does not exist [laughs]. Because we disappear we are quite sure about our existence. If we did not disappear, we wouldn't know what we are, maybe ghosts. If we existed forever, we should be afraid of ourselves [laughs]. But fortunately, we disappear, we die. So, as long as we die, it is obvious that we exist in the realm of time and space. So, we are completely saved from fear. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Goddesses Galore

 Brief video on Mayumi Oda's Exhibition at the Tibet House - with Bob Thurman.

- thanks Dan Kaplan


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Time and Space

We live in the realm of time and space. Even if the earth disappears, space exists, time exists. As long as space and time exist, something will happen in time and space. So, as long as time and space is there, there is nothing to be afraid of, even if no form appears in this time and space. No one [laughs] can doubt that there is time and space. But according to Dogen Zenji, this kind of understanding is not deep enough. But tentatively, we can acknowledge that time and space is here. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Original State

I remember saying something very extraordinary: Even though you die, nothing will happen [laughs]. Even if the earth is broken into pieces, nothing will happen. If you practice zazen, your mind will resume where—before anything happens. In our mind, there is no star, no earth, no sun—nothing whatsoever. But everything will come out from that nothingness. So, even though we die, if we know that all of us arise from this nothingness, to die is to come back to the source of life. So, for everything to appear implies the possibility of resuming an original state from which we appear. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Resume Fundamental State

At the same time as your mind is crystallized, you will have uneasiness. That will be the result of your ordinary efforts, while zazen practice will not result in this kind of fear or attachment. Our effort will be directed in the opposite direction. So, the more you practice our way, the more your mind resumes its fundamental state, where there is no feeling and where you do not think anything: no discrimination, no attachment and no fear. This is the difference between the effort in your zazen practice and the effort in your ordinary activity. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Nothing Is Permanent

When you cling to some object, it means you are clinging to yourself at the same time because that object is the projected self. And, if it is good, that attachment will result in some fear because you will try not to lose it. But everything is changing. So even though you cling to it and have fear of losing it, that object will change. Nothing is permanent. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-05-A - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Practice in Various Ways

We human beings understand things from various angles—from positive side and negative side. And when we are able to appreciate things from both sides, one by one, there we have a true way of life and true practice. We should not always be involved in a one-sided way of appreciating our life. Sometimes positive, sometimes negative. In this sense we should practice in various ways, observing ceremonies and not observing ceremonies by just sitting. This is our way to be. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Participate in Nature

Rikyu, the founder of the tea ceremony, would sweep his garden, and he appreciated falling leaves on a well swept garden. If the purpose of sweeping a garden is to get rid of leaves, why did he appreciate them on a well swept garden? Leaves on a well cleaned garden and leaves in the mountains are not the same. The feeling is quite different. We are also a part of nature, and we should participate in nature. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

How to Search for something in Shunryu Suzuki lecture archive

Someone just wrote and asked me to look for a good quote in the Shunryu Suzuki lecture archive that dealt with today's political and social situation in the US. Obviously they thought this is something only I can access. Not so. I responded:

Anyone who can get online has the same ability as I do to search SR talks. I just go onto the Internet, go to shunryusuzuki.com, open the gate to the base page then click on the Lecture Search Form, and write in the Keywords or Filename box. Also at the base page there's a Google site search where you can search for two words near each other with "and" between them. There's even a third Mnemotrix search method.

I will be thinking about the sort of quote they're looking for but I think they'll know better than I do what they want. - dc

Saturday, November 5, 2022

If Everything Is Mixed-up

If everything is mixed-up always, what is the point of appreciating everything if everything is just phenomenon? Why do we appreciate such a tentative phenomenal world? If you understand in that way, that is like serving salad and brown rice and miso soup in one big pail. How would you feel to eat from a bucket like a pig? [Laughter.] Even though it will be mixed-up in our tummy, we should serve one by one. That is our way, you know. But we do not keep it separate in our tummy. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Last week's Podcast guest


Before a new podcast is posted Saturday, check out last weeks - Berry Crawford in his encore podcast, this time on his outdoorsy Sierra Foothills Zen and mainly on the Science of Zen. Neat stuff. 

Hi websites are Simplicty Zen dot com with his video podcasts 

Science of Zen dot org

Sierra Foothills Zen do com

Berry Crawford Cuke page


- dc

Friday, November 4, 2022

Concentrated on Each Moment

In the sky, sometimes wild geese are flying. And after that some clouds will come. And after that the bright moon will come. But each of the wild geese and clouds and moon are not always the same. The bright moon is bright moon, and wild geese are wild geese, and cloud is cloud. But at the same time, the moon is not moon, cloud is not cloud, and wild geese are not wild geese. They exist in the same place in a mixed-up state. Even though it is mixed-up, our practice should be concentrated on each moment. When we see the moon, we should see the moon. When we see a cloud, we should see a cloud. And we should appreciate everything one by one. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

RIP Layla Bockhorst


Just got word from Chris Fortin that dear friend and truly good person, Layla Smith Bockhorst has died in hospice care with husband Jim.

I loved sitting with Layla's group in Larkspur one morning a week when Katrinka and I lived in San Rafael. She and Jim were emigrees from Reed College who came to Zen Center in the early seventies.

Condolences to Jim and Sarah and Robin.

Layla's cuke page


Contact DC for visiting info.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

No Need to Think About It

The purpose of zazen is not to think about it. To catch ourselves in its full function is zazen. If so, there is no need to think about it. If you think about it, you will lose it. When you don't think and are involved in the practice fully, you have zazen. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Zazen Cannot Be Always the Same

If you want to catch reality in its true sense, you cannot think about it. When your life energy is burning in perfect combustion, you cannot catch it. That is zazen. But even zazen cannot be always the same. As something you eat in your tummy does not stay the same way, it will change into something else. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

RIP Paul Lee

 


I just learned that Paul Lee died on October 19th of this year. Paul was an early friend and supporter of the SF Zen Center and especially Tassajara. A UC Santa Cruz professor of existential and religious philosophy, staunch supporter of Alan Chadwick, environmentalist, chicken lover, homeless activist, one of Richard Bakers closest long time friends and supporters. Farewell dear friend. Condolences to widow Charlene and daughter Jessica. - dc


Paul Lee cuke page

Wikipedia

Paul's impressive Ecotopia website





Tuesday, November 1, 2022

No Practice Can Be Perfect Practice

No practice can be perfect practice. Even though to wash your face is a very good habit, but, if you are always washing your face, you cannot attain enlightenment [laughs, laughter]. The same thing can be said about your zazen practice. Zazen is a very good practice. But if you just are always practicing zazen, you know, it doesn't work. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, October 31, 2022

One by One

When you get up, you brush your teeth and wash your face. That is practice. You do each one by one carefully. And when you practice zazen, you practice zazen. One by one. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Everything Is Suchness, Everything Cannot Be Grasped

Everything in one sense is suchness. On the other hand, it is something which we cannot grasp. For instance, you think here is a beautiful flower, but that beautiful flower is always changing. You cannot grasp it, even while you are watching the changes. So, you think you see it, but actually you didn't see the flower itself which is changing. Everything is on one side something which cannot be grasped: “What?” On the other hand, even for a while, it is there in that way. So, everything is suchness, and everything cannot be grasped. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, October 28, 2022

A Very Convenient Word to Express Reality

Dogen Zenji found a very good Chinese word to express this kind of truth: inmo. Inmo has two meanings. One is a positive meaning: “suchness.” The other is the interrogative meaning: “What is it?” Inmo is interrogative, and it is affirmative too. This is a very convenient word to express reality. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Background of Reality

We think something we see is reality, but it is not so. And what we feel is reality, but it is not so. The reality and something which is observed by our six senses is one, you know. So just what we see is not true without the background of reality. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

No Gap Between Practice and Enlightenment

The more we study our way, the more difficult it is to explain it. But Dogen Zenji thought there must be some way to make his descendants understand the true way. He made a great effort to express this kind of subtle truth. In Zazengi, he says, “If there is the slightest gap between perfect enlightenment and practice, the difference will be heaven and earth.” There should not be any gap between practice and enlightenment, or reality and seeming. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-04-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Balancing Pain

If you have some pain or some difficulty, it is a good chance to practice because controlling power will appear. If you do not know this secret [laughs], you will just be involved in pain. But if you know the other side of pain, you will appreciate it and balance it with the power of training. Without pain maybe it is rather difficult for a beginner to appreciate the power of Zen. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Amazing Bees

 Lew Richmond keeps churning out wonderful articles. Here's a recent one: The Custom of Telling the Bees.

Lewis Richmond cuke page


Monday, October 24, 2022

Natural Tummy Power

In this sesshin, our practice is concentrated on putting more power in your tummy, but that does not mean, to put special power in it. It means to put some power quite naturally—without trying too much to put strength in your tummy. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Make a Shift

This kind of concentration cannot be studied by usual everyday activity. When you have some object, somehow your effort is directed toward that object. It means your effort is working one way only, and you cannot understand how to change its direction. But by practice of pure Zen, you will practice how to make a shift in your effort. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Natural Concentration

Our way of concentration is not the usual concentration. Concentration usually means to be involved in something. But at the same time, we should have freedom. So, this kind of concentration is deeper and more natural. If you are trying to concentrate on something, your effort is directed only one way, and it is difficult to change it. If your concentration is quite natural, you can change any time, and you will be ready to change your direction of effort. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Always Ready

For the old teachers there was no cessation in their practice. They were always practicing their way. They were always ready for various activities. That is how we should be concentrated on our activity. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Not Mysterious

Not “mysterious,” you know. Too obvious. Too clear. So we sometimes call it “reality,” you know, “reality.” It is too obvious. So Zen is not mysterious at all. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Edited Shunryu Suzuki Audio

Here's the page for the few done so far. The new edition, 65-07-30B has the title Science or Philosophy is Like a Dissection

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Cannot Say Anything

It is mysterious that we cannot say anything. Having big words, even a Zen master like Baso whose tongue reached his nose, cannot say anything. If he says something, you should pull his tongue. He shouldn't fool us by his long tongue. Give me it! That is right, you know. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Paula Pietranera- ART EXHIBITION



Opening Reception
: Friday November 4, 5:00 - 8:00 pm 

On view: November 3 - 6, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm 

SF Zen Center Conference Center, 308 Page Street, San Francisco 

art - 1000 wishes 1000 cranes 

Monday, October 17, 2022

Mysterious

Here the translation says “mysterious.” Mysterious means it is beyond words. You can understand it, but you cannot put it in words because it is not possible to say various understandings from all angles. If you say from one side, you cannot say, at the same time, from the other side. That is why we say “mysterious.” So, even enlightened masters cannot say anything properly. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Letters Written on a High Rugged Rock

As Dogen Zenji said in his poem, it is like letters written on a high rugged rock on the seashore. Even though you try to see it, you cannot because it is too high. But the high rock on the rugged seashore is always there, giving various teachings to us. This kind of teaching is true teaching. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Teaching out of Letters

Our power is something like this, figuratively speaking. Something which is beyond our understanding. Something which you cannot put in words. So we say: “teaching out of letters,” teaching which will be understood if we have ears to listen and eyes to see it. But if we do not have eyes to see it, we cannot see it. That is the teaching out of letters. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Special Power

If your practice is right, you will be ready for various activities. The power we will gain by our practice is not common power. It is special power. It is special because it can be everything. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Study a Koan from Various Angles

This kind of koan is very interesting. If you study a koan from various angles, you will appreciate the endless, limitless meaning in it. Our way of life should be like this. And even between a great Zen master and great disciple, the way we talk will not be different from a usual person. But the difference is whether we are ready for various circumstances and conditions. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

A Very Tricky Question

“What is it?” This is a very tricky question. It may be wild geese. And, at the same time, it is not just wild geese. When we see something, buddha-nature should follow. So wild geese are not just wild geese. For Zen students wild geese are not wild geese. Hyakujo is not just Hyakujo, and Baso Horsemaster too. He is also buddha-nature itself. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Something to Appreciate

It is not something to acquire, but it is something to appreciate. Just to sit is to be ready for various activities or stimulation which will come from outside. But if your mind is caught by something, you will lose your true mind. So, without being caught by anything, just to sit without even thinking is our true practice. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Inner Power of Practice

Our inner power of practice will respond to each situation like a bell. If hit strong, the sound will be strong. If hit soft, the sound will be soft. Our true nature or true power does not make sounds, but actually whatever we do, the power should be there. We should understand our Zen practice power this way. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-02 - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Go Back One Mile

The power to pull is the power to push. There is no power just to pull or just to push. So, that you can go one mile means that you can go one mile backward. In your everyday life, if you want to go one mile, you should practice zazen and go back one mile. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-01-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

A New Japanese Translation of Zen Mind Beginner's Mind




Zen Maindo Begnazu Maindo
 translated into Japanese by Issho Fujita, published by PHP Institute in 2022. A complete translation of the 50th Anniversary Edition with David Chadwick's Afterword.



Among Steve Jobs’ favorite books ever since his early years. THE ULTIMATE INTRODUCTION TO ZEN! Translated and published in more than 24 countries! A new translation of the ancient authors’ words made easy to understand by an active priest who taught for many years in America! - banner translated by Fred Harriman



Thursday, October 6, 2022

Know the Point of Practice

If you do not know the point of practice, even if you have a good Zen master, you cannot study Zen because you cannot appreciate true activity. If you know why you should practice zazen and what zazen is, you will find out the way we should be: how to achieve something without much effort. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-01-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Without Trying To Be Appropriate

When we stop working, we should stop working. We should not be too enthusiastic. If I am caught by something in my work, I lose complete freedom from the work. To practice quite naturally in an appropriate way, without trying to be appropriate, is the way it should be. — Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 67-12-01-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Quite Natural

So to do something with the right feeling is the purpose of practice. You may see someone who does things in quite appropriate ways with a very harmonious feeling. If someone else imitates his practice, it will be an extremely rigid way. But for him it is quite natural. I know some Zen masters who had this kind of feeling.  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 67-12-01-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Realize the Limitless Meaning

 Although it may be difficult to understand when I say, you do not take a bath because you are dirty; you do not wash your face because it is dirty. We mean your everyday activity should not be too involved in restrictive ideas. You should not evaluate too much or too little. You should obtain freedom in your way and realize the limitless meaning of our activity.  --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 67-12-01-B - as found on shunryusuzuki.com edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo.

Friday, September 30, 2022

So Long for Now

Tomorrow I begin a retreat the purpose of which is to bring Tassajara Stories, the Early Years with Shunryu Suzuki, to a close. Been working on it for eight years, mainly not working on it, but lots of working on it too - in focused spurts. So I won't be doing blog posts or podcasts but Peter Ford will pick up the Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts and will put on other relevant posts. Bye for now. Take care. - DC  

Oh I see I forgot to upload this.

Another Favorite quote

 Don't be bothered by your mind. - 65-07-30-A - This is the entire talk given by Shunryu Suzuki at Sokoji in San Francisco. It was a comment during morning zazen and somehow it was recorded.





Thursday, September 29, 2022

A Favorite Suzuki Quote

If you become too fussy about things, you will lose your practice. -----  From a Shunryu Suzuki lecture given on 69-03-16 at Sokoji in San Francisco

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Others

Why we say “bodhisattva precepts” is that they are based on bodhisattva mind. As you know, bodhisattva mind is to save others, all sentient beings, before, you know, you save yourself. That is bodhisattva mind. To save others is first, and to save ourselves is next. Or we say, bodhisattva mind is spirit to devote ourselves in saving others.        --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Bodhisattva Precepts

Right practice is the foundation of our precepts. When you do not have right practice, you will hesitate to accept precepts, but if you have right practice you can accept precepts. Whatever the precepts may be, you can accept it. So, precepts for the people who have right practice are called “bodhisattva precepts,” in comparison to some other so-called “Hinayana practice precepts,” which is quite different. The way of observing is quite different. Last night I talked a little bit about it. I said if you do something good, you have no time to do something bad. That is how you keep precepts.       --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

Monday, September 26, 2022

Yin Mountain

 


Peter Levitt's new book

Yin Mountain: The Immortal Poetry of Three Daoist Women

Read his message with an offer for a discount on it at the bottom of his cuke page.

and see the cover larger

Right Practice

There are many ways of Zen practice. There are many practice, zazen practice, meditation practice, but our practice cannot be compared to other practices. I don't say which is important or which is better, but anyway without foundation, various practices do not work. So, if you practice some particular practice which has no foundation, you will be eventually fall into a pit hole [laughs]. You will be caught by it, and you will lose your freedom. But if you have the foundation to your various practices, the various practices will work and will help you. By the right practice, we mean that kind of foundation of practice. It is more than practice. So, when you have a foundation to your practice, even though your practice is not perfect, it will help you. That is right practice. And if you want to know actually what is right practice, as I told you, it is necessary to practice with right teacher who understand what is right practice.      --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Foundation

Right practice is the foundation of all Buddhist activity. It cannot be compared to various practices or training.     --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

Friday, September 23, 2022

Right Practice

By right practice we mean fundamental practice from which you can start—with which various teachings will come out. So, from right practice, if you have right practice, you have already right teaching there.    --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thank You and OK! now on Audible

 


Just got word from Shambhala that the audiobook for Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan is now on Audible. Check it out here.

It's on Amazon, Apple and iTunes also

Two

In our practice two important practices are zazen practice and to listen to your teacher, or right teaching. These are just like two wheels of a vehicle, you know. Without practice you cannot understand teaching, you cannot listen to your teacher. And without listening to your teacher, your practice cannot be right practice.   --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 70-08-03 - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Constantly

So idealistic practice will cover that something with your own self-centered idea. That doesn't work. This is not our way. This is why you practice zazen, and why this sesshin constantly...this way...this place.            --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Ignited

Whenever you have some difficulties, you have to watch yourself to see whether you are covered with the idea of self. If the center of the candle is covered by wax, the wick doesn't work, you have to get rid of wax on the center. So, you shouldn't cover yourself with the idea of self. You should be always pure inside your own plan. Then, when you are really established in this realm the action and actual activity is like a candle and something is ignited. Something without conflict             --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC

Monday, September 19, 2022

Society

If we cannot forget ourselves in our society, then we have to do many things for our society. We have heavy sack on our back. But if we become quite sincere, instead we will do it without any reason, just by nothing.            --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Forget

When you can sincerely forget yourself, that will rid you of the idea of the self.            --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC

Friday, September 16, 2022

Nothing

Where there is Buddha, there is nothing. And at the same time, because of sentient beings Buddha exists.           --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Moment

Moment after moment we have developed new paths. And even though it is a new culture, there's some connection between past and future, past and present, and present and future. It was developed from past to this moment, from present to future. But as we call it "eternal present" we are doing it moment after moment, we are forming new culture, moment after moment.          --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Three Points continued

A ritual of ours is we bow with each other. The teachings are three but it's really only truth. And what is Buddha and bowing? Buddha is only Buddha. At the same time, I don't know who Buddha is [laughs], and Buddha is doing something for us, and we are offering something to Buddha. But the actual meaning is not different—the same thing. So, we should not take those three statements in three ways. Actually it is one statement.          --------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki  lecture 66-01-22N - as found on shunryusuzuki.comfrom one of the newly discovered (2021) or recently significantly added to or changed lecture tapes. 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. Go to https://www.instagram.com/cuke_archives/ for more daily Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts - with a photo

This is a difficult audio with lots of words and phrases that can't be understood. I'll go through it and see what I can pick from it. - DC