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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Characteristic

A characteristic of Buddhism, is it's the teaching which it's possible to include various kinds of understanding. All kinds of understanding – and right or wrong, good or bad, high, or lofty, or common. Buddhism has some possibility to put every teaching in right order, and to have understanding of each experience or knowledge – not only religion, but also scientific knowledge, by including all kinds of culture and effort of human being. This is the most important characteristic of Buddhism.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-10-00 as 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 seems okay.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Obtained

Whether you have a problem in your life or not is up to the way you have. So there is no problem in your understanding because of the double nature of the truth or paradoxical nature of the truth. This kind of mind will be obtained by your true zazen.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay.

Zen Odyssey

ZEN ODYSSEY

The Story of Sokei-an, Ruth Fuller Sasaki,
and the Birth of Zen in America

Janica Anderson and Steven Zahavi Schwartz 
Wisdom Books page for this book
Steven Schwartz will be at Readers' Books (130 E Napa St, Sonoma), Thursday evening April 26 at 7pm,

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Big Mind redux

Because we have big mind and sometimes it is very complicated -- complicated big mind -- that is our problem. Sometimes simple -- too simple big mind to figure out what it is. That is also big mind.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Big Mind

The big mind is something to express, but is not something to figure out. Big mind is something which you have but is not something to seek for.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Point

The point is whether you have the big mind or the small mind. In short, when we do everything without thinking this is good or bad, and when you do something with your mind and body -- whole mind and body, then that is our way.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Form

Our practice sometimes looks like very formal, but our mind is not formal. Our mind is very informal, but we practice with people who have some clinging idea. So according to the situation we practice our practice in various forms and various ways. As long as we do something it should be some form. That form should not be always the same. But there’s no reason why it should be always different. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay. [I took the word "not" out of last sentence. Japanese use double negatives. He didn't mean "why it should not be" - dc]

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A one week Tapa Brata retreat

Rigid

Rigid formal practice with informal mind - this is our practice. Our practice sometimes looks like very formal, but our mind is not formal.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Double

The Soto way is always double -- has double meaning, positive and negative. And our way is also Hinayanistic and Mahayanistic. I always say our practice is very Hinayanistic. Hinayana practice with Mahayana spirit is Soto way.----------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-27 as 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 seems okay.