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Friday, September 30, 2016

River

When our mind is river, the whole world is river. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notes. Edited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts

Soberanes Fire is Dying

Here's how a post from a few hours ago on the Tassajara Facebook page starts: SOBERANES FIRE UPDATE as of 9/29. Dear Sangha -- We have good news. The likelihood of the fire coming to Tassajara has now been designated as very low, and the fire is 92% contained. For that reason, Tassajara practice period students will be returning to the monastery this weekend to help with a short work period. The Winter Practice Period will start on October 15th led by Central Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts. 

cuke page for the Soberanes Fire with links up top to other sources of info.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A short documentary called SIT

Featuring Shohaku Okumura, his wife, and son. The focus is on dealing with a son who's having a hard time figuring out what to do.

Youtube link to this film

Published on Sep 2, 2016
A film about purpose in life, seen through the eyes of a Buddhist monk and his son.
Director//Yoko Okumura - yok ofilm.com
Producer//Christopher Ruiz

I'd say through the eyes of the whole family. High production quality. Neat flick. - dc

Check out Yoko Film dot com and read the bio. Impressive. (Elin and I met the whole family in 1991 at their home and zendo outside of Kyoto. Kudos to them all. - dc)

Tricycle page for this film

On Shohaku:

Sanshin Zen Community

Shohaku Okumura Wikipedia page



cuke the arts film page (which is rarely invoked)

thanks Jim Richardson

Mountains

In Zen practice, mountains are not “over there,” but instead are here within our mind. If we pursue such practice continuously, action and non-action are not distinct phenomena.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Death

Though most people desire birth and avoid death, if death is included in our non-dualistic body-mind, then it cannot be an outside occurrence which we need fear. Death is not something outside of us.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts

Soberanes Fire reminder

Maybe the backfire has started from Tassajara already. Get updates at these links:

Frequent updates at:
Tassajara ZMC - Facebook page
Cal Fire dot gov - search for Soberanes in the searchbox up top for many links.


That's an infrared of the fire off of Big Sur Kate Blog

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Awreness

Awareness of body-mind means that sounds, for example, arise from within the mind where there is no duality. Body-mind arises when practice is within yourself. Zen conduct is occurring when there is no duality.     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts

Jerry Halpern

Jerry Halpern has contributed some comments, info, and material to cuke and added a couple of entries today and consolodated his material and links to it on a people page for Jerry. Check it out.

Jerry in 1970 at Tassajara from the outtakes of Zen in America segment of the film, Sunseed

Monday, September 26, 2016

Activity

When we are reading or thinking, our minds are not as full of activity. When we are involved in physical activity, then the mind is at full operation -- it is open. When we are thus attentive and one with our activity, we can deepen our understanding. When we practice this way, everything that happens is within our mind and everything we are involved in is the content of our practice.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.

Earlist Tassajara area fire history

Reading about Church Creek Ranch history at the Ventana Wild site the other day came upon this bit of fire history and added it to the Tassajara Fire History page :

In June of 1902 The Caves ranch house was destroyed by fire. The following report about the particulars of the event is from Eleanor Chew's "Jamesburg Gleanings" column in the June 19th edition of the Salinas Weekly Index:

The home of Andrew Church at the Caves was totally destroyed by fire last Thursday morning about four o'clock. Mr. Church arose early, built a fire in the kitchen stove and without awakening the other inmate of the house, went to the dairy to skim milk; in a few minutes he observed smoke and rushed to the house calling to his family to get up; the flames spread so rapidly that they could not dress themselves but were obliged to run out in their night clothes to save themselves. It was impossible to save anything from the burning building and their entire supply of provisions, clothing and household goods was destroyed. There was no insurance. Mrs. Church, who has a young babe only two weeks old, was compelled to ride on horseback to the home of her brother Frank Bruce. The fire is supposed to have caught from the stove-pipe.