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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Amber Hoadley was the first baby at Tassajara in the Zen era. In our podcast she talks about growing up at Zen Center, mainly Green Gulch, and her parents, Kathy and Silas Hoadley who were a significant presence in Zen Center in those formative days. Listen to our podcast and read more about her - http://cuke.com/f.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Healthy

The purpose of zazen is to make ourselves physically strong, maybe to make our mind healthy and body healthy. But healthy mind is not just “healthy mind” in its usual sense, and weak body is not weak body in its usual sense. Whether it is weak or strong, when that weakness and that strength is based on so-called truth or buddha-nature, that is a healthy mind and healthy body.

Photo of Dr. Richard Levine by Sophie Gehan

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-09 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Complete Composure

My voice may not be so good yet [after being sick], but today I’m testing. If I speak or not, is not such a big problem for us. Whatever happens to us, it is something which should happen. So, the purpose of our practice is to have this kind of complete composure in our everyday life.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-03-09 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

This Spirit

When Dogen left China, receiving transmission from Nyojo Zenji, Nyojo Zenji said to him: “After you go back to Japan, you should practice your way in remote country with few students and always keep our practice fresh and new, and take good care of your students.” ...Even though we are many people now, we should not forget this spirit.

Drawing by Stan White

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Helen Tworkov has a new book out


Lotus Girl

My Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and America

by Helen Tworkov

An original work—timely, well written, knowledgeable observations on teachers and practice and our American culture, and a refreshing, if careful, honesty in her reflections, often introspective. several chapters could well become books in themselves, and the prodigious name checking almost demands an index. recommended reading! - Tano Maida
Helen Tworkov cuke page

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Our Best Effort and a Fresh Mind

My master didn’t give us any idea of what we would do the next day or next week. He didn’t talk about tomorrow, and he was very unpredictable. Monks and priests were very much afraid of him. They couldn’t guess what he had in his mind. Maybe he himself didn’t have any idea, but he was always concentrated on what he was doing. That is, I think, too much, but it is necessary for us to practice our way moment after moment, with our best effort and a fresh mind.

Suzuki's master, Gyokujun So-on

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

RIP Doug Greiner

Doug Greiner was an student of Shunryu Suzuki who came to Sokoji in the early sixties. He worked in the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Livermore Lab. See his obit there.  He was quite close with Mel Weitsman who we see him on the right with Mel in this photo. (Thanks for photo Liz.)

Liz Horowitz wrote:

Doug died at home in early February of kidney cancer.  I went for a walk with him a month or two before that, and his condition was stable then.  I was shocked that he declined so fast after that.  I’ll forward you an email I sent to the Berkeley sangha after he died.

One of the things I loved about Doug Greiner was that besides being a Zen student for many decades, he was a nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  Doug was also a devoted family man.  And he loved the eastern Sierra and Mono Lake area.  I have fond memories of going on some wonderful hikes with him there. 

Mel and Doug were great friends, and they used to go for a walk every Tuesday morning after zazen.  For many years they went hiking up in the hills, and then as they both aged they did their walks down by the bay, and continued right up until not long before Mel died.  

Doug was such a dear friend.  I miss him and his lighthearted spirit.

Here are a couple photos.  One shows Doug as physicist, the other as Zen student.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Change Part of Our Practice

When you go to a Rinzai temple, you should be a new Rinzai student. And if you go to Japan, you should be a new student from America. You should forget all about what you have studied in America. Even though the fundamental practice is the same, we should practice the essential practice with a renewed feeling. This is important. To practice always with a new fresh feeling is rather difficult. So, it is necessary for us to change some part of our practice.

Shokokuji, Kyoto

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Monday, May 20, 2024

James Ford on Shunryu Suzuki

 James Ford on Shunryu Suzuki at Ford's Monkey Mind site.

James Ford cuke page

thanks Dan Kaplan

Be a Beginner

After I had stayed at Sojiji more than a year, one day my master appeared, and after talking with me for ten minutes: “Maybe it’s time for you to leave Sojiji” [laughter]. And he always put emphasis on Dogen Zenji’s beginner’s mind. You should always be a beginner, your whole life you should be a beginner. It means you should not stick to an old type of practice, or any kind of practice, and you should always be a new student.

Suzuki’s master, Gyokujun So-on

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Dan Kaplan came to the SF Zen Center in the mid-seventies and plugged away there for ten years. He still lives in the neighborhood and has been a student of David Weinstein in the Yamada/Aitkin lineage for years. Listen to our podcast and read more about him - http://cuke.com/f.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

That’s Enough

My master always told us: “You stinky boys, wash your underwear!” [Laughs, laughter.] What he meant is not just underwear, you know. My master’s way of training his disciples was pretty different from usual masters. He did not allow me to stay at Eiheiji too long. “Two years is enough! You will become a stinky Eiheiji student! That’s enough, you should go to Sojiji.”

Shunryu Suzuki at Eihei-ji leaving for takuhatsu. He is in monk’s pilgrimage robes.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Stinky Zazen

If we are caught even by the idea of Zen, we call it stinky zazen [laughs, laughter]. He is not fresh enough—old stinky Zen student! But if we do not have a chance to renew our practice, soon we will be stinky students. As if you wear the same underwear one week or two weeks [laughs]. What will happen to us, it’s obvious.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Good Stimulation

At some monasteries they bathe in cold water from December 1st until December 15th....I think, especially for people who live in San Francisco where the climate is always the same, it may be necessary to have some pool for Zen monks to take cold baths [laughs, laughter]. Maybe an exciting practice for us, and it will give pretty good stimulation for San Francisco people. It doesn’t mean to be involved in ascetic practice. The purpose of such practice is to renew your life physically and spiritually.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Great New Tassajara Photos

 David Silva's April 2024 Tassajara photos.

David Silva cuke page

Why We Practice Various Practices

So we say, “way as it is,” but actually when most people say that, it is not at all the way as it is. Without clearing your mind and without cleaning up your body physically, you will not have a chance to live in each moment. So, the big enemy for us is laziness [laughs]. If you are always lazy and drowsy, spiritually and physically lazy, you have no chance to live truthfully to yourself. That is why we practice various practices.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Renew

Moment after moment we should renew our life, we should not stick to an old idea or way of life. We should renew our life day by day. Especially at the end of the year, we should completely renew our feelings and completely renew our karma. If we stick to old ideas, it is rather difficult to renew our way of life. Some encouragement is necessary if you are always repeating the same thing over and over again. For instance, we use this kind of stick to renew our practice. If you become drowsy and you don’t receive it, you have no chance. But, if you receive the stick, you will have a chance to renew your practice. And in this way, you can live moment after moment.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-29 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Taste of Direct Experience

If we want to practice our way, we should free our minds of intellectual or conscious activity in terms of right or wrong, good or bad. Whatever it is we should try it, and we should have the taste of it through direct experience. Not just feeling or thinking, but direct experience. That is zazen practice.

Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Sojun Mel Weitsman, and Chuck Gould at breakfast in the Rinso-in family area, 2011.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Myo Denis Lahey is the abbot of the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco and has been since 2002. He first came to the SF Zen Center in 1970. Listen to our podcast and read more by and about him -  http://cuke.com/f

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Seek for Something More

Because we are such intellectual beings it is necessary to be free from our reasoning or our intellect. And instead of being caught by our intellectual mind, we should seek for something more, and we have to rely on the way things goes. Here we are practicing, maybe you feel, the Indian way or Chinese way or Japanese way. But actually, there is no special way. Our way is not just for Japanese or Chinese or Indian people. This is for everyone. We sit in a cross-legged position, but if you think just the cross-legged position is Zen, that is a big mistake.

Oil portrait of Shunryu Suzuki, 1971

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, May 10, 2024

We Added more CO2 than last year

 Record-breaking increase in CO2 levels in world’s atmosphere - Guardian

Practice with Right Understanding

We have various Buddhist philosophies, and we have a lot of teaching to study, but Buddhism is not actually philosophy or teaching. Buddhism is always within ourselves and always helping us. But when we don’t realize it, that is so-called suffering. Or when we live in the realm of good or bad, right or wrong, we lose the meaning of our life. Only when we do something, when we practice with right understanding, then whatever we do, that is our practice.

Sandy Hollister working on a rakusu in the Buddha Hall of the SFZC City Center 1970.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Buddha-nature Seeks for Buddha-nature

This kind of reason why you practice your way is—there is no other way to say it, so we say, “Your buddha-nature seeks for buddha.” Buddha seeks for buddha. But this is a very mystical way of putting it, but [laughs] there is no other way to say it. So, we say, buddha-nature seeks for buddha-nature.

Kannon statue at Eiheiji. Photo by Andrew Atkeison.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Memorial for Silas Hoadley

 

You are so warmly invited to celebrate the life of Silas with us 

Father’s Day
June 16,2024
3-7 pm
Mostly Natives Nursery
54 B st
Point Reyes Station
California
With Love,
Amber Hoadley
Drew Simon and Priscilla 
Silas Hoadley cuke page

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Why you came here?

I ask you so many times [laughs] why you came here. I think you don’t know why you came here, but there is some reason, why you came here. You didn’t come just by curiosity. Why you came here is, I don’t think possible to figure out. But there must be some reason.

Still from the 1968 KQED film, Zen Mountain Center

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Ed Brown on Being Barred from Teaching at the SFZC

Cuke Podcast #3 with Ed Brown

In this podcast with Ed Brown, he discusses being barred from teaching at the SFZC six years ago which in his case means mainly Green Gulch Farm. He also talks about his prostate cancer and other subjects. At the end of the podcast listen to two brief recordings with what Ed said that offended someone who wrote a letter of complaint that led after some emails to his being barred. It's more complicated than that. Listen to the podcast. 

The excerpts are from recordings of him speaking during a one day sitting at at Green Gulch on July 18, 2018.

The link to Ed's podcast above is to Podbean, the Cuke Podcast host. It's at other platforms under Cuke Audio Podcast and is featured on the cuke.com podcast page.

Ed Brown cuke page (with a link to a section on his being barred)

Ed's Peaceful Sea Sangha

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Digesting

I think you may not like zazen so much, but [laughs] you think it is good, so you practice. But you may not realize how much progress you’re making in your zazen practice. Some may, but most of you don’t, I’m afraid. But that is all right. This kind of experience is not just reading or listening to lectures but is something which you experience, both physically and spiritually, without thinking about it, without trying to find out the meaning of it. It is beyond our intellectual understanding, to practice our way without any gaining idea. To practice our way is valuable, and you will have real power of digesting things.

Farewell Party for Nanao Sakaki

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

A Novel that leads to Tassajara


Tim Ream writes:

Hello friends of Tassajara!

Please allow me to present:

Fallen Water: A novel of Zen and Earth
by Tim Ream

A desperate fugitive on the run in the drought-ravaged wildlands of the Big Sur Coast fakes his way into a remote Zen monastery where playing monk is his only hope for staying free. Constant friction with the idiosyncratic monastics and the enigmatic female Zen Master force him to confront what he’s really running from and what freedom truly means. His unexpected self-discovery is deeply intertwined with the mystery that landed him there and with the embattled wilderness he loves.



Monday, May 6, 2024

Deep

Recently I asked you and I want you to reflect on why you study Buddhism. Because I think if this point is not fully understood, it may be difficult to put our whole spiritual and physical power in our practice. Maybe in your practice without thinking about our life more deeply, if you have a problem, you will try to solve it by means of practice or teaching. Then you will not be sincere enough to practice our way because you are always fascinated by some teaching or chanting. We don’t realize that what we study in an intellectual way is very shallow, but what we actually experience is very deep.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Buddhism in Mill Valley - an excellent article


Roots and Branches of Buddhism in Mill Valley -
PDF
by Natalie Snoyman

Reprinted from the Mill Valley Historical Society Review magazine, Spring 2024 issue


Sunday, May 5, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Ed Brown is the author of several books, including The Tassajara Bread Book, Tassajara Cooking, No Recipe: Cooking as Spiritual Practice, and he also edited the book of Suzuki Roshi lectures, Not Always So. Listen to our 3 podcasts and read more about him and his writing with the link to his cuke page - http://cuke.com/f. (Note: please wait for the page to load and auto-scroll to Ed Brown's 3 podcasts.)

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Paradox

But a view of being and a view of non-being is not possible to accept. We can accept one of the two, but we cannot accept two of those viewpoints. So, here there is another problem for us. But when you face this second problem, you will be said to be a Buddhist. You will give up relying on your intellectual understanding of teaching, and you will start our practice of accepting this kind of paradox.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, May 3, 2024

View of Both Being and Non-being

We see there is constant electric light, but that light is always a current of back and forth. So, Buddhists call thinking everything exists constantly a kind of naive way of observing things which is an aspect of our being. And when you understand everything changes and everything is changing, like electric light or fire, we call this kind of view, a view of non-being. And if someone has a view of seeking for happiness, it means that he is seeking for something which is impossible. And if you have the view of non-being, you will not care for anything. If you accept things in that way, your way of life is very empty. So, our way of observing things is both—based on views of both being and non-being. We know that a view of being is too naive, and a view of non-being is too logical or too critical. A true view of life should be both. View of being and view of non-being. This is our way.

Steve Jobs meditating

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

What is the way as it is?

First of all, if we want to have composure of life, we have to change our view, our way of observing things. To observe things as it is, we say. But to observe things as it is in the usual sense and to observe things as it is in our way are not the same. This point is not truly realized by even a Buddhist. What is the way as it is? Usually things as it is means to observe things as if something exists in that way, constantly, forever. You say, “Here is an incense bowl.” But this is already mistaken. There is no such thing that exists. This is always changing.

Meg Gawler offering incense, 1970

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Everything Changes

Buddha taught us Four Noble Truths, and first of all he taught us this world is a world of suffering. When we seek for happiness, to say this world is a world of suffering, you may be very much disappointed with this teaching. He continues: Why we suffer is this world is a world of transiency, everything changes. But we want everything to be permanent. Especially when we have something good or when we see something beautiful, we want it to be always in that way. But actually, everything changes. So, that is why we suffer.

Kitchen Altar for Grahame Petchey

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Possible

Buddha, after his luxurious life in a castle, he at last forsook this kind of life. So, we say he started his religious trip because he felt the evanescence of life. That is why he started the study of Buddhism. I think we have to think about this point more. I think everyone seeks for happiness. That is all right, but how to seek for happiness is the point. Whether the happiness we seek for—is it something which is possible to have?

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Happiness

Everyone seeks for true happiness maybe, but our happiness cannot be true happiness if it is not followed by perfect composure. Usually our happiness does not stay long. Happiness lasts mostly just a very short time and will be lost in the next moment. So, sometimes we will think we’d rather not have it because happiness is usually followed by sorrow. I think everyone experiences this in our everyday life.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-12-21 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.


Sunday, April 28, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Zesho Susan O'Connell was ordained and given transmission by Reb Anderson. She was VP and president of the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years. She came up with the idea of the Enso Village retirement community and made it a reality. Listen to our podcast and learn more about her - http://cuke.com/f

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Shosan Ceremony Closing Comments, Part 2

We should understand ourselves in two ways: as a person and as something which has no name or body or mind. To understand ourselves in this way is liberation from self. And true understanding of ourselves when we say “things as it is,” means to understand ourselves from the viewpoint of being and non-being. That is how we understand ourselves. That is how we should exist as a human being in this world, or else we will be lost. Most people live as someone who is known to each other, but we lose the other point. That is why this world is so busy and noisy. When we understand our world in this way, with calmness of mind, we will have compassionate mind for people who are just involved in a one-sided view. Our practice should be concentrated on this point by doing trivial, near-at-hand practice.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Jerry Brown's Political and Spiritual Journey

Join Jerry Brown in a discussion with John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, and David Weinstein in the next Zen Luminaries podcast in which they talk about his public life and Zen practice. 

Saving the Earth, Helping the People: a Political and Spiritual Journey

Monday, April 29th - 6pm - 7:30pm 

Learn more and sign up here. 


Shosan Ceremony Closing Comments, Part 1

Bodhidharma said, “I don't know.” [Repeated from yesterday's post] 

Bodhidharma in his answer appeared to be someone who is just sitting without thinking, without doing anything, being with everything—without form, without color. He revealed himself in that way for the emperor. But the emperor wanted to know someone who was wise, who was powerful, who was learned, who was very helpful. So this question and answer was not so successful.

Sumi painting by Michael Hofmann

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

I Don't Know

Butei, the Emperor of Liang, asked Bodhidharma, “What is the first principle?” 

Buddha [Bodhidharma] said, “Who is it in front of you? There is no holy person or common person.” 

And the Emperor said, “Who are you in front of me?” 

Bodhidharma said, “I don’t know.”

Sumi painting by Michael Hofmann

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

silence

Tim Buckley: [Silence.]

SR: [Silence.]

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Not as We See It

Bill Shurtleff: Docho Roshi, the sound of the water in the stream seems to wash away all of the questions that I had. The questions still come, but they seem to flow away. Trying to hold a question and to give it a form keeps me from hearing your words this morning and from hearing the sound of the stream. It feels strange for me to be without a question, and so I’d just like to thank you for your wisdom, and for your kindness in being here with us today.

SR: Yeah. People take and listen, and talk. In this way, everything is going. Like an electric lamp, the current is always going back and forth. It looks like it’s very certain, but it is not. Actually it is not as we see it. So, the moment we appear, we vanish. We still practice always. That is our life. That is how everything exists, and that is how Sambhogakaya Buddha exists. So, when we understand our life in that way, there is no problem at all.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Monday, April 22, 2024

A Bit of Change for the Better

Alan Rappaport: Docho Roshi, I am very afraid a lot of the time. I think I’m afraid of being hurt, and then lost. Can you help me?

SR: Lost? No, that is not possible. You are here, and there is no need to be afraid because anyway you are changing. If you are afraid of always changing, maybe that is why you are afraid. But if you are changing always, why don’t you try to change for the better? As long as you are making that effort, there’s no need to be afraid of anything. Even a little bit of change for the better will work.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Featured Cuke Archives page

Gil Fronsdal is the senior guiding co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He started Buddhist practice in 1975 at the San Francisco Zen Center, and has been teaching for IMC since 1990. Listen to our podcast and learn more about him - http://cuke.com/f

Saturday, April 20, 2024

By Words

Stan White: Docho Roshi, the only words I have this morning are not words. 

SR: Yeah. We are discussing what is not possible to discuss by words. So, this is how actual words should go. By words we should communicate something which is not possible to limit by our words.

cuke.com/ig for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-11-11 as found on shunryusuzuki.com, edited by PF. Go to instagram.com/cuke_archives for the Instagram version.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Like Water

Jack Weller: Docho Roshi, I am troubled by your saying that you don’t trust us. 

SR: [Laughs.] Yeah. I want to encourage you to stick to something, not in terms of good or bad, but anyway [laughs]. Like water sticks to a lower place. Without that kind of spirit, until we can see that kind of practice in some other person, we cannot trust anyone. 

Jack: Then we can trust them, right? 

SR: [Laughs.] Yeah. 

Jack: So we can trust you.

SR: [Laughing.] Ho! 

Jack: But you cannot trust us. 

SR: Yeah, maybe. I am trying always to stick to something, not because it is good or bad—whether it is good or bad. When you stick to one thing only, it may be sometimes understood as something good. Sometimes it may be understood as something which is bad. But whether it is good or bad, is not the question. If it is helpful to me and for others, we should stick to one practice.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Observe Tassajara as One Body

E. L. Hazelwood: Docho Roshi, I have a question, but I can’t see it. And so I can’t grasp it. And so I don’t know what it is. And so I don’t know how to ask it.

SR: Yeah. The basic problem is the same for everyone. Anyway, as long as you are here, don’t be too much concerned about yourself, or what you do, or what others do. Just observe Tassajara as one person who has every part of a body—hands, legs, head, ears, eyes. And let it work without much mistake. If you try to practice everyday practice our way with this idea, then there is salvation for each one of us.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Do One by One

Jeff Broadbent: Docho Roshi, why do I feel hatred, repugnance, and disgust?

SR: Maybe because you want to solve every problem in a limited sense and by a limited way. You should wait. You should do one by one. Then there is no hatred or no bad feeling....Just to do something in time. To keep up with others’ practice. That is the main point. And don’t discriminate in your work too much within your limited time and material or space. You should do your best. Whether it is good or bad, no one knows [laughs].

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Judging

Niels: Will you please tell me why I judge myself and others as good and bad students?

SR: You are a good student. There is no need to compare you to someone else. You have your own good quality which no one else has. So, you are independent. And when you become you yourself, you will be with all your friends.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Questions

Harriet Hiestand: You told us once that we are each our own teachers and so every question I thought of for you I could answer. But, I felt that I should ask them anyway. How can I trust my own answers? 

SR: Your own answers? Maybe you cannot completely trust any answers whether it is your answer or my answer, you cannot trust it completely. But, when you ask me a question it is a kind of communication. To share the problem is the point of asking a question. 

Harriet: But I get very frustrated because you never answer. You just substitute words and there is never an answer. 

SR: To understand in that way is better—not to rely on the answer so much. But to present some question, that is enough.

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Everyday Life

Sally Block: You have told us that we are not alike at all and also you tell us that we should develop consideration for each other. How can we develop a feeling for what goes on in other people’s minds, for how they think, how they react, why they react and how they live, so that we can develop consideration for them?

SR: To understand reality from various angles even though it is not possible to understand things from various angles we should reserve always some understanding for someone else and try to understand others’ feelings, others’ understanding. Their understanding may not always be right, sometimes wrong. But without being caught by the idea of right or wrong we should try to understand something which is wrong as well as something which is right. This is very difficult. But the only way is to practice zazen. Your everyday life will be good when your practice is good because your everyday life will be supported by your power of practice. So, the best way for us is to be concentrated on our zazen practice. This is anyway the most important point. Everyday practice will be taken care of if your everyday life is concentrated on your zazen practice.

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