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Friday, January 20, 2017

Desires

Sometime, people mix up religious way-seeking mind and worldly desires. They think they are-- there is-- are seeking for a truth or a religious truth, but actually they are seeking for the worldly desires by name of religion. The religious sentiment is quite different from worldly desires. By “worldly desires” I mean to seek for-- to seek for fame or profit. To seek for fame or profit, this kind of desire is very much like, in some point, religious desires.     ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-22-A found onshunryusuzuki.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.

DC Answer to a Query



And yes - why am I doing this? Good question. Actually I think all this is pointless, just a way to say hello. I agree we have to erase our past - it is truly nothing. I like the Diamond Sutra where Buddha sort of erases everything he says after he says it.  I do get a lot of people telling me that they get inspired by reading about others on the path including a lot of info surely off the path, Some say they get more from them than the lectures. Been posting a Suzuki lecture excerpt six days a week for a few years and there some who like that. But I don't really think about it. Sort of like making a big sculpture. The way I see it, everything is in the past, some seeming to be further in the past, but really it's all just like a cloud floating by and all there at once, the past another name for phenomena.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Worldly

I want to give some important points. First of all, when you want to study Buddhism or Zen, you must give up worldly desires or you must realize that it is useless to seek for worldly desires. But it may be rather difficult to realize that it is foolish to seek for worldly desires.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-22-A found onshunryusuzuki.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.

Carl Bielefeldt

Update on Carl's cuke page - Stanford professor, a top authority on Soto Zen, early Tassajara student

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prescription

A teaching cannot be whole and perfect because it, like a medical prescription, is specific to certain people and circumstances. The Diamond Sutra is probably the closest to a universal teaching because it was a teaching the Buddha addressed to his own deep self.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tony Artino notes from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-16 found onshunryusuzuki.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.

BANNED BOOKS AND BLOCKBUSTERS

How the publishing industry took on the taboo - New Yorker

Thanks David Schneider for sending this and writing the following:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This

The other day someone whom I met in New York came yesterday he came to San Francisco and I saw him and he is working with U Thant for eighteen years and he is from the same country with U Thant. And he practiced various ways and he told me what kind of experience he had and he asked me, “Which is your practice?”

On Philip Whalen

An Interview by Norman Fischer with Alice Notley

thanks David Silva

Norman Fischer - books - Everyday Zen

Philip Whalen - cuke page

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pain

If you want to find out some encouragement in your discouragement, when you get tired of, that is the encouragement. You encourage yourself when you get tired of it, or when you don’t want to do it, that is the warning. Like when you have a tooth ache when your teeth are not good. When you feel some pain in your teeth you go to the dentist. That is our way.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-13 found onshunryusuzuki.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.

Trump Wants To Cut Russia Sanctions In Return For Nuclear Arms Deal

Trump raised the prospect of the first major step towards nuclear arms control since President Barack Obama struck a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia in 2010. “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”
Looking for the good in people.
Thanks Gregory Wonderwheel for transcended Trump