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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sutra

In Soto Zen, there is no particular sutra upon which the school rests. It is felt that Buddha's essential teaching was to see into our own true nature; and the best way to see into our own nature is to practice zazen. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seeSms okay.

American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right

front page NY Times today - featuring Jane Hirshfield. - thanks John Steiner 


On the Fifth Day - Jane's poem on the Presidency published in the Washington Post

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mudra (which two?)

Soto Zen mainly uses two mudras, and considers also that the whole body is a mudra when in the proper sitting position. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seeSms okay.

Three Dharma Pals featured in Dead Documentary

Marin Independent Journal entertainment columnist of many years, Paul Liberatore, yesterday reviewed a new documentary on the Grateful Dead called Long Strange Trip. Katrinka read it and pointed out that it mentions Dennis McNally (see photo), their publicist, and Barbara "Brigid" Meier who was a high school sweetheart and later fiance of Garcia. They both have SFZC creds and have been cuke contributors. Brigid was a Suzuki then a Trungpa student. They come up toward the end of the review. Steve Silberman is not mentioned in the review but thanks Brigid for letting me know he "figures highly in the film, is also a Zen practitioner and that he was at Naropa as Allen Ginsberg's assistant one summer."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Note after prior excerpt

(Suzuki's teacher Ian Kishizawa bowed so often that an area on his forehead became somewhat calloused. In his older age Kishizawa said, “Before I was a lion; now I am a cat.”)  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seeSms okay.

The 2nd Sesshin at Sokoji

Here's a certificate for the first week long sesshin at Sokoji on August 22, 1960.

And here's the text from it, a new entry in the transcript archive.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bowing

Bowing is a very important practice for diminishing our arrogance and egotism. It is not to demonstrate complete surrender to Buddha. This practice is to help get rid of our own selfishness.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seeSms okay.

The 1st sesshins at Sokoji

Shunryu Suzuki's  kanji for sesshin is on the cover of the certificate he gave to each participant in what he called The First Sesshin of Sokoji. It was two days in 1960 - February 20-21 - seven months after he'd arrived in the USA. A transcript of what he wrote has just been entered into the transcript archive with the filename 60-02-21. And here's a page for it on cuke - with a scan of the certificate. There's an overexposed Polaroid photo of the participants too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Particularness

 Even though Dogen's way is not based on a particular formal Buddha authority, it is still very particular. But Dogen's particularness is not based on any abstract religious or moral principles. His detailed teachings on behavior are based on practical considerations in everyday life as learned from experience by him and various Zen masters.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-05-17 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seeSms okay.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jean Ross in the Wind Bells

One of Shunryu Suzuki's first students who went to Japan in '62, to Eiheiji, a trailblazing Buddhist woman. Includes articles she wrote about her experience there. Check her out.