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Friday, July 21, 2017

Common or Plain

When you have excessive energy or power you have something stimulating, but when your life becomes more and more controlled then your liking will change from some extreme to the common way. And when you can appreciate something common you may have more appreciation of something beautiful. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Shunryu Suzuki college dissertation

Updated the page for Suzuki's dissertation - sometimes called a thesis. - thanks Jane

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Plain

We Buddhists appreciate something plain and common, like water, like white rice. Most people eat white rice with soy sauce on it because it is so plain, it is so tasteless. Most people may like lemon-aid or orange juice or Coca Cola rather than water. But when you are seriously ill, which do you like? Coco Cola or plain water? So your inmost nature wants something quite plain. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Reason

If I say I like something ugly, people may ask, “Why do you like that kind of thing?” But there is no reason why. If there is no reason why I like something beautiful and there is no reason why I like something not so beautiful; there is no reason I like something plain. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Downward

When we go to Tassajara and climb up from Jamesburg to the high mountain and go down to Tassajara -- we go both ways -- way upward and way downward and we put emphasis on way downward. But everyone wants to climb up to the top of the mountain to have some view. When I was seeking for the site for the monastery almost all the people showed me the sight which commanded wide, great view, where you can see the town, where you can see the ocean, where you can see San Francisco Bay. But I rather like the bottom of the valley where we cannot see anything. It is quite natural for us to appreciate something beautiful, something wonderful. That is alright; that is our true nature so there is no problem. I don’t ask why do you like such a beautiful thing. It is quite natural. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Monday, July 17, 2017

Confront

Especially in our practice we put emphasis on something bad because everyone tries to ignore the bad side of something or may try to escape from it. That is not our way. We should confront the problem we human beings actually have. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bad too

Usually rejecting flesh for spiritual attainment or rejecting bad nature to resume good pure nature is the purpose of religious effort, but ours is quite different. We find both good and bad in oneness. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Friday, July 14, 2017

Oneness

When your understanding is always in realm of good or bad there is no end in your study. But when your understanding reaches the point where there is no opposites, where you find oneness of the two opposites when you are in perfect renunciations. And the characteristic of Buddhism is to attain oneness within this kind of opposite idea. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Forever

To study Buddhism in intellectual sense is, of course, important, but when we lose our spirit of practice, all what we have studied will cause some trouble rather than helping. This morning I felt a great joy of practice with you, and I am quite sure that our practice will be continued forever.  ------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-06-22-B 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, not just the super cool ones,

An Offline Website from Cuke Archives

Shunryu Suzuki Digital Archive
-----an offline website drawn from cuke.com and shunryusuzuki.com
all transcripts. audio, video - over 1000 photos, letters, calligraphy, publications, and more
---------December 2016 simplified selection
  

It's available for download from Dropbox or Google Drive.


To download the latest version of the simplified selection of the Shunryu Suzuki Digital Archive, please send an email to cukearchives@gmail.com with the subject "Request archive" and we'll send an invite to share it from Google Drive - with directions. If the invitation is accepted and the archive is downloaded or if  someone else copies part or all of this archive we request an email with the subject "Thanks for archive" in order to inform of the next update. Email addresses will not be shared. - Enjoy - dc