Was New in 2012
12-31-12 - Last post of 2012. It's been a good year. It's been a bad year. It's been everything in between. - dc
12-30-12 - Sister Susan and Niece Camille arrived and now we're all (including Katrinka and me) preparing for Mother Ahdel's New Year's Eve bash tomorrow, an event which has been going on throughout recorded history. - dc
the fifth anecdote - If a tree falls
12-28-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture partial transcription from one of the problem audio - 65-07-31. This work is going very slowly but there's only so much of it. Little by little improving the audio and transcripts. Thanks to the noble volunteers. - dc
Check out Jim Dreaver - You are not your story.
the fourth anecdote - Calm mind
12-26-12 - Jenny Wunderly on Sticking with It. - part two of four she wrote after the December Sesshin at Green Gulch. - - on her work with Suzuki Roshi's use of the word precept(s) and cuke.com. Thanks Jenny. I blush. - dc
12-25-12 - Merry Christmas - Watched It's a Wonderful Life with Mother and Katrinka last night - for the first time. Good story. Good message. Despite this death trap we find ourselves suffering in, glad to be alive. Good tidings to all, the one who cheats us, the one who's come to arrest us, the ones we've hurt, the ones we love, to all with a love beyond love. Treasures pour down. Merry Christmas. - dc
12-24-12 - It's everywhere.
A sampling from the web:
Mayo Clinic - meditation
Cleveland Wellness Clinic - Stress Free Now
In the Fort Worth area where I'm hanging with mother:
Kadampa Meditation Center (Meditation in Texas)
36 Meetup Groups under "meditation" in Fort Worth
The Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas.
The Fort Worth Zendo is associated with MKZC in Dallas. They meet each
Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Catholic Renewal Center, Nolan High School, 4503
Bridge St, FW, 76103
Could keep listing but got to go shopping with Katrinka who arrived last night. - dc
12-23-12 - Jenny Wunderly on her experience at Rohatsu sesshin at Green Gulch Farm
12-22-12 - Happy day after winter solstice.
Best joke heard three times yesterday, "Don't worry, if the Mayan prediction doesn't happen, it's not the end of the world."
Check out this BBC report on memory and faked photos - thanks JR. Reminds me of rule # 1: not to believe what I think, or remember. Or was it not to follow rules?
Enjoy the holidays. - dc
the third anecdote - Shovel
Doors and memory loss - thanks Gregory
It's 10:16am Central time. Still waiting. - dc
12-20-12 - Shunryu Suzuki Lecture - 68-10-00-X - new to archive as a separate entry. This is an old transcription. Recently found at end of 68-10-00-J problem tape transcribed by JG but seems to be from separate lecture. All these fall 1968 lectures, especially those on the Lotus Sutra, need to be looked at more carefully. Next year. - dc
We are aware that cuke's holiday gift suggestions seem to have been posted a bit late. Actually it's the beginning of a 2013 Holiday cuke gift advertising campaign. - dc
the second anecdote:
Once I asked Suzuki Roshi, "What is Nirvana?"
He replied: "Seeing one thing through to the end."
------------ Mel Weitsman, Sokoji, circa 1965
Check out Paul Durham's Black Lab World music site - thanks Karen Decotis
the first anecdote:
Here's his APPAMADA site.
Source Lectures for ZMBM can be found at:
shunryu suzuki dot com - In the New Search form under Book, select ZMBM (all but two of the lectures as given)
Beginner's Mind - Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to ZMBM - minimally edited versions
Plan to make a chart for this for easier access to the material. - dc
12-16-12 - Go to Mark Petchey's website to read a recent letter from his mother Hideko - in Updates on the upper left - the 2012 Holliday Update.
12-15-12 - Metta Sutta
12-14-12 - Peter Coyote on Democracy Now on behalf of Native American activist Leonard Peltier. - thanks Howie Klein
12-13-12 - Transcript of Shunryu Suzuki part of Sunseed, a film from c 1970 on gurus.
12-12-12 - Happy twelve day.
Off to Fort Worth in a few hours.
I was just bragging recently about how I never get viruses or malware and I've been downloading software to this new ASUS and was not careful - started loading one from the wrong site and I bet didn't pay attention and just hit Next or something like that and now I've got the browser hijacker MyStart Incredibar which is hard to get rid of.
Bringing a lot of Crooked Cucumber Archive work with me but first must concentrate on fundraising which I didn't do in November though I wrote here that that's what I was going to do.
Onward. - dc
12-11-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 129th lecture excerpt - from 68-02 - part two.
That's the last post on Jenny Wunderly's almost year long project to show in context each mention Shunryu Suzuki made of the word "precept" as recorded in the digital archive of his lecture transcripts. The last ten or so entries were out of chronological order because they were from lectures added recently. Jenny wrote yesterday:
Thanks Jenny. Look forward to receiving more from you to post on cuke. - dc
12-10-12 - Today just prep for flying to Fort Worth on Wednesday, namely getting a new laptop up and loaded with all the programs I use. The so-called new Netbook was too slow for Windows 7 and I was forced to upgrade. After much consultation with kind comrades and research and five hours in Apple and MS stores, got a ASUS X202-E with Windows 8, a cut-rate little guy that runs faster than I'm used to. - dc
12-09-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 128th lecture excerpt - from 68-02 - part one.
Concentrating on organizing new archive storage, looking for best work to take to Fort Worth including backlog for the oral history, some tapes to digitize, and material to scan. Leaving in three days. Also researching new laptop. Netbook with Windows 7 is too slow. Looking at Ultrabooks. Need it light to go in small backpack but fast and strong enough to handle Windows 7. Don't want Windows 8. A Mac that runs Windows would be good but too expensive. Got a little bit of new Suzuki Roshi lecture material to go up soon. - posting in what we're doing - dc
12-08-12 - Happy Bodhi Day, Buddha's enlightenment day.
During the third watch, the Buddha discovered the Four Noble Truths, finally reaching Nirvana. In his words:
This is said to have occurred on the 8th day of the 12th month, rohatsu in Japan. Rohatsu sesshin are completed today wide and far. - thanks Wikipedia - dc
2-07-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 127th lecture excerpt - from 68-02-21.
JB adds to prior post on his music trip with an explanation and two YouTube links.
12-06-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 126th lecture excerpt - from 68-10-00-E - part two.
12-05-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 125th lecture excerpt - from 68-10-00-E - part one.
David Cay Johnston on NPR about how big companies rob us blind.
12-04-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 124th lecture excerpt - from 67-09-12 - part three.
Marblehead Zen Center (Massachusetts) has a new website.
12-03-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 124th lecture excerpt - from 67-09-12 - part two.
How To Live on the Planet Earth
12-02-12 - Just seven posts left on the Shunryu Suzuki use of the word precept series that Jenny Wunderly began with the first post on February 1st. Here's something she just sent about how she got into it. Today she begins sitting the Rohatsu Sesshin at Green Gulch Farm. Gambate! - dc
So cool - the impossible was possible.
12-01-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 123rd lecture excerpt - from 67-09-12 - part one.
Just eleven days till I go to Fort Worth. Concentrating on organizing new office-storage focusing on isolating material not yet presented on cuke, the backlog - doing work here I can't do there. Minimizing time on cuke till then. Hope to get the storage shelves all secured today so can get into going through stuff. Already found Stan White's art which Kaz Tanahashi wants to have photographed for a book. And Niels Holm art was in the same suitcase. Aim to get both scanned and up on cuke. It's mainly notes and tapes of interviews and conversations with no copies that I'll be looking for. - dc
11-30-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 122nd lecture excerpt - from 66-01-12 - part two.
Richard O. Moore's Louisiana Diary
Read about it on Wikipedia
See it on Thirteen dot org
Richard Moore was for years a neighbor of Green Gulch Farm. He had an impressive role in pubic TV and documentary film. Read about it here. He's in his nineties now and is working on getting some of his new poetry published. I visited him recently at the Redwoods retirement home in Mill Valley. When he hugged me I collapsed on the floor. Read more in dchad misc. - dc
11-29-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 121st lecture excerpt - from 66-01-21 - part one.
Jenny Wunderly just sent the last ten excerpts, the end of this lengthy project. They're all from the most recent additions to the lecture archive found on the Suzuki lecture work in progress page.
Congratulations Jenny and nine bows. - dc
Now On Turning Wheel Media:
11-28-12 - A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 65-07-29-A - thanks Christian Damian Espicha.
Gustavo Fermin wrote to get the username and password for shunryusuzuki.com and sent this link to the Centre Zen Maha Muni - Paris. He's from the Dominican Republic. He's a fine artist - here's his site for that - "And I also do Graphic work, (book covers, illustrations, etc) I also work as the assistant of an American artist called Peter Beard."
I love the Internet. And Gustavo offered to help cuke. OK. We'll see - there's lots to do here. - dc
11-27-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 120th lecture excerpt - from 71-08-17.
11-26-12 - Made a correction on the interview with psychic Anne Armstrong and her husband Jim which includes contacting our namesake in the beyond. The mistake was that I incorrectly included info quoted from the Internet on Ann M Armstrong (Medium/Healer/Private-Sittings) in England. My apologies to her and to England. - dc
Anne and Jim Armstrong's interview with Michael Toms on New Dimensions Radio
Recent photo of Hoitsu Suzuki during a dharma talk at Rinsoin on the Tenzo kyokun - thanks Isao Miyanoiri.
11-25-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 119th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-30 - part 6
Walking in Beauty: Growing up with the Yurok Indians
11-24-12 - Interview with Layla Bockhorst Smith
Layla's sitting group - Mt. Root Sangha in Larkspur
11-23-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 118th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-30 - part 5
Cuke report: Got 19 days till fly to Texas to hang with mother Ahdel in the same home we moved to when I was 12. No am going to concentrate on doing what I can't do there - go through stuff here and material in new archive storage room big enough to move things around. Set aside notes, interviews, etc not on cuke, tapes not transcribed and digitized, photos not scanned - to backup here then take with me in the continuing struggle to get backlog entered here.
Photographer, sculptor, artist, craftsman Bill Schwob came to Thanksgiving Dinner and dropped off an envelope with negatives of all Rinsoin (Shunryu Suzuki home temple) photos including scrapbooks and pictures on walls and buildings and a photo show he had of the place at SFZC years ago. He let them keep all those mounted prints which are in storage. Also included were negatives of Nona Ransom's photos and Raymond Rimmer's negatives of shots of those scrapbooks done in '94. Bill did his when he was over there. Most the scrapbook photos are in Suzuki photo archive on shunryusuzuki.com. I'd forgotten I'd left all that with Bill for safe keeping.
Will be looking for someone who can scan negatives for preservation ad to get with Suzuki photo archive the images not there.
11-22-12 - Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpt 68-12-22. After searching for the word "Thanksgiving" in Suzuki lectures, this is the only one that had that word.
Discovered in this search that this lecture is also incorrectly listed as 69-12-22b which brought up the importance of maintaining an error list to inform other collections of this lecture archive.
Am thankful to Peter Ford for the reorganization of material on shunryusuzuki.com with its New Search Form and to all bodhisattvas, volunteers and donors most who are listed on the contributors on work in progress pages. And a special thanks to MK and JW.
Am thankful for cuke readers, family, friends, all sentient beings, Katrinka, and that which must remain nameless. - DC
11-21-12 - Got this off SFZC.org from this page.
Winter 2013 Practice Period at City Center
posted in brief memories with a DC comment questioning its authenticity - thanks Danny Parker
11-20-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 117th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-30 - part 4
We can learn about education from the Finns - This op ed in our local Marin Independent Journal points out the rewards of living in a society where people take care of each other - all for one, one for all. - dc - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
11-19-12 - Lloyd Kahn remembers Phillip Wilson which ends with a neat story about Shunryu Suzuki.
Check out Lloyd's blog and Shelter
Buddhist People Of Color Sanghas - Huff Post
11-18-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 117th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-30 - part three.
Mysterion's Postulates today brings us To Ascend is to Fall, most intriguing with reference to the Heiki Monogatari which concludes with
The 2nd Abbot of SFZC Zentatsu Richard Baker apologized for a bump in the
road - 30 years past. SFZC survived. And so did Richard Baker.
POSTED BY MYSTERION
Putting Mysterion's Postulates in Links
Sight covers space
(Said in response when Clay pointed out the sight sound space time angle.)
11-17-12 - Happy Birthday Katrinka my love. - dc
posted in family
Genine Lentine has a new book: Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model
11-16-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 116th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-30 - part two.
11-15-12 - Had to go to the emergency room and spend the night in Marin General Hospital last night which was most relaxing and just got home and think cuking will wait till tomorrow. No problem now. Later. - dc
11-14-12 - Remember once Suzuki Roshi was asked what we seem like to him and he said, "I think you're all enlightened until you open your mouths." - filed in DC Brief Memories of SR. - filed in DC's Brief Memories
A message from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture - Sixteen religious leaders will meet with White House staff on Tuesday, November 27 to urge the President to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. Please join us by signing this statement. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
November is fundraising month for the Crooked Cucumber Archives (CCA) but so far have only been able to get around to writing notes like this. Getting a new Netbook set up has been imperitive since the old one barely got started last time (turned off all sleep functions and it's been full on during this transition. There are time consuming compatibility issues with programs I'm used to and Windows 7. Moving storage from Santa Rosa to San Rafael is taking time but is going to be a big plus to have it all nearby and spread out where things can be found. And then keeping the daily posts going here and keeping up with volunteers and communications. Not complaining, just explaining. - dc -
posted in November 2012 Fundraising Drive Notes
11-13-12 - Interview with Anonymous by DC in April 2012 during the Tassajara Alumni reunion (thanks CM for the transcription),
11-12-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 115th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-30 - part one.
New pot laws in the face of the feds - John Stewart and Andrew Sullivan have both recently pointed to the giggles that frequently accompany this topic when covered by TV media, not taking it seriously. Obama brushed it off with a joke too when legalization was topic #1 on his Internet ask-the-president thing a few years ago. But surely he knows the suffering these pointless draconian laws cause - to millions, especially to the poor and minorities. Around 750,000 arrested last year in the US followed by jail time, sometimes many years, stigma, loss of jobs, job opportunities, Federal aid to education and housing. If Obama who was a pot head had been by chance he'd not be president. - dc - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
Legal drugs, deadly outcomes - LA Times
Another archive storage work day. Trying to get to the fundraising. - dc
If you live near Larkspur, there's a sitting with Lalya on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6:30am followed by a brief reading like this. I like it cause it doesn't go on too long - sit, read for a minute, on with the day. - dc
Veteran's Day - Support the troops - take care of them after they've served, bring them home as soon as possible, don't let politicians send them to fight without extremely good reason. Check out Veterans for Peace
Suggest we pass a law that any politician who votes to send soldiers to fight is then committed for life to work for veterans - in veterans' hospitals or with a veteran's jobs program or veteran's counseling or veteran's something. It's going to effect the people they're sending for the rest of their lives so it would effect theirs' too and they'd take the gravity of their vote more seriously. - dc - posted in EngagedBuddhism/Current Events section
11-10-12 - A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 65-07-26-D - thanks Christian Damian Espicha.
Anyone wishing to do a Light Edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture may do so. Just contact DC.
Going this afternoon to the Lew Richmond and Peter Coyote benefit performance in Tiburon mentioned yesterday.
Last night went to [read more in dchad misc]
11-09-12 - Rick and Carolyn Morton interviewed by DC in April 2012 during the Tassajara Alumni reunion (thanks Layla Smith for the transcription). This placed at the bottom of Rick's interview of years ago. Contains links to an earlier interview with Carolyn and Rick's brother Jim.
Lew Richmond and Peter Coyote to give benefit performance for people who are ill - Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 pm, at the Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr. in Tiburon - Well-being Fund created
If you get a message from PayPal that says this: Your account has been limited until we hear from you ! - Forward it to email@example.com and then DELETE IT. - dc
11-08-12 - A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 65-07-28-C - thanks Clare Hollander. See comment down on 11-02 for more on Light Edits.
EngagedBuddhism/Current Events section topics rolling around in my thought stream: , the plight of disadvantaged poor people and plutocracy, the rise of women, nuclear threat, torture, drones, war on drugs, voter suppression in the US and climate change as something that could make all other issues insignificant,
November is cuke survival month. We want to continue. Please Donate
Must force myself to take time and energy from getting cuke tasks done with the lecture work and oral history in order to have the funds to keep going. Filing in November 2012 Fundraising Drive Notes
Still, got archives moved yesterday from packed Santa Rosa space to more spacious storage in San Rafael where they will be near and neatly arranged - taken out of their can and spread out. There's more moving and organizing to do but this is a great start.
11-07-12 - A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 65-07-27-A - thanks Clare Hollander. See comment down on 11-02 for more on Light Edits.
For many, today is a day to rejoice. One thing to be grateful for is the rise of the scientists (Nate Sliver, TPM, Huff Post, and Real Clear Politics Poll calculators), the comedians (Stewart, Colbert, Maher), and humanists (Moyers, Hedges).
Moving archives from Santa Rosa to San Rafael today. Post election November is cuke survival month. We want to continue. Please Donate. More to come on this. Thanks. - dc
11-06-12 - Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-00-H - CM's 2nd pass following JG's 1st pass. - from the audio problem set.
Got the backup Netbook, the newer one, all ready to do websitery so no worry about the prospect of a cukeless day. - dc
11-05-12 - A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 65-07-27-B - thanks Clare Hollander. See comment down on 11-02 for more on Light Edits.
11-04-12 - "The same person never steps into a river twice." - Kabumpkan
Enjoy yourself today and forever. - dc
11-03-12 - Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 69-06-29 - from the audio problem set - BH 1st pass. - thanks Bill Hackenberg
Please help Melissa White with her Kickstarter for Dizzy Sushi
11-02-12 - A light edit of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 65-07-27-B - thanks Jeff Tollefsrud.
In the past, Gordon Geist did many light edits which are posted on cuke and shunnryusuzuki.com. This is the first of many new light edits to follow. The goal is to get a light edit for each lecture that is now in verbatim form. Many of the lectures are already in light edit form from the work of Marian Derby for the Lost Altos lectures, Brian Fikes, and others. There's a Light Edit category on shunryusuzuki.com but so far only Geist's LE's are entered there. It will take time to get this all together and presented well. In the meantime, we'll be posting them here. - dc
Verbatim transcripts are word for word what Suzuki said. Light Edits smooth them out a bit to make them easier to read. For more on what a light edit is, go to this link in the Work in Progress Page
11-01-12 - Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-00-0)-B - from the audio problem set - CM's 2nd pass following JG's 1st pass.
I Don't Believe a Word You Say - thanks Charlie Musselwhite
Thanks Jennifer Moore for sending these photos of mother Ahdel and her witch friend and helping her to get ready for the trick n treaters last night.
Sending out a thought of thanks to father Kelly who died 56 years ago today in the early morning and who encouraged me to devote my life to understanding mind (as in Shunryu Suzuki's big mind). - dc
10-31-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 114th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-29 - part 6
Our Words Are Our Weapons by Rebecca Solnit (on Truthdig from Tom's Dispatch) - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
10-30-12 - Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-10-00 - from the audio problem set - CM's 2nd pass following JG's 1st pass.
And an updated version of CM's work on 69-08-30 (he pointed out that the latest version of his wasn't posted). A "pass" here refers to the work of one person, not how many times they went over a lecture. - dc
Garbage Warrior - thanks Howie
10-29-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 113th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-29 - part 5
10-28-12 - Sweden as a Monastery by Rick Wicks
Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-08-A- from the audio problem set - CM's 2nd pass following JG's 1st pass.
10-27-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 112th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-29 - part 4
A Simple Sense of Delight by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche - a reading for morning service at Mt. Root Sangha in Larkspur, teacher Layla Bochhorst Smith. This is the second such posting and there's another in the wings so started an index page for Mt. Root Sangha Readings.
10-26-12 - Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-26-B from the audio problem set - CM's 2nd pass following JG's 1st pass.
Everything Is Broken:
Alan's Clear View Project
Reworked the home page because an old friend wrote and said he read the Hoitsu article in Sangha News (see yesterday) but couldn't find it in messy cuke. I know that's true. So I wrote this to him about how to find things on cuke and brought the search box up on the home page and made some other changes. It's probably hopeless but I think that's a little better:
10-25-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 111th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-29 - part 3
Sex Hands - sent by JBearden who writes "Fresh from Manchester. Soon to join 333 Records." Not sure what JB has to do with this but dug the tune and fondly remember Manchester where I had an eleven hour wait for a plane to get fixed and discretely plugged my laptop in behind a soda machine at the suggestion of a man with a broom. Might have mentioned it here. Ah yes - just searched cuke for "Manchester" and it was 10-25-07 (the one in England not Vermont). Hey! That's exactly five years ago today. - dc
Go here for JB's answer
10-24-12 - Work in Progress - Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-09-12 from the audio problem set. This is the fist 2nd go through of the lectures Judy Gilbert tackled last spring. Thanks CM.
MK noticed in the Trungpa Rinpoche lecture on Zen linked to on October 2nd that Trungpa said Zen was like a Heath Robinson Pancake Machine. Here's a Heath Robinson page with the pancake machine being three down and 4th down the OK Go video for "This too shall pass." - thanks Michael Katz - posted on the Chogyam Trungpa page
10-23-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 110th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-29 - part 2
Andrew Main comments on the Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind in Esperanto post of a few days ago, submits another translation of the same lines as before, and more.
10-22-12 - Nothing Special- the final chapter, thirteen, of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Congratulations to James Fox for miraculously meeting the Kickstart goal to raise $30,000 to finish his movie on the year of the BP oil spill, Pretty Slick. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
10-21-12 - Shunryu Suzuki dot com has been totally reorganized (thanks to Peter Ford), is more complete, user friendly, and versatile. That's the whole lecture transcript and audio, video, and photo archive - in progress - lots has been added and there's to do with no end in sight.
Cuke dot com is the oral and written history with selective focus on the lectures - and a bunch of other stuff that's caught our eye and which will be more and more moved to another site that's in development. Stay tuned. - dc - posing this in What We're Doing
Higher resolution, larger, versions of Hoitsu Suzuki's family added to the report on his last day at Eiheiji - Click on photos to enlarge
Watch: Pastor’s Speech Against Gay Rights Has Surprise Ending - - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
Making a Work in Progress presentation today.
10-20-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 109th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-29 - part 1
Two more photos, these of Hoitsu's family added to the report on his last day at Eiheiji
JW decided to translate Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind into Esperanto.
10-19-12 - Forgetting Ourselves- Chapter twelve of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Another comment on the famed Suzuki left to right enso.
10-18-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 108th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-26.
On Hoitsu Suzuki's Last Day at Eiheiji - with great photos - by Isao Miyanoiri
10-17-12 - Self-Nourishment - Chapter eleven of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Tomoe Katagiri wrote in a recent email: "I'm very genki and happy because I can practice okesa sewing with many people at home and Z centers." (I like that "Z centers." I'm sure most know that "genki" is healthy and energetic in Japanese)
You can download Tomoe's book, Study of the Okesa, Nyohō-e: Buddha's Robe from this page on the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center website.
She was our dear friend and I miss her and her late husband, Dainin Katagiri. - dc
Interview with Tomoe - and a nice new photo lifted off the MZMC site.
10-16-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 107th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-25.
Only two days to go for Jamie Fox to achieve his Kickstarter goal of $30,000 to fund his documentary film on the BP oil spill. Jamie is already an acclaimed documentary film maker.
Freedom Songs, part VIII - Cookie - 1964, Jackson, Mississippi
10-15-12 - Limiting Your Activity - Chapter ten of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Congratulations Jane Bay - retiring after 35 years as George Lucas' executive assistant at Lucasfilm (after being Jerry Brown's when he was Secretary of State 1971-75). Jane will be heading to Nepal to attend a conference with the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, hosted by the Center for Sacred Studies. Then Jane plans to start working again on her new book, GROWING UP SOUTHERN - Stories from the Attic of Childhood Memories. The prologue and several chapters are already on her website - www.JaneBay.com in the "Stories from the Road" section.
"We all grew up thinking soda could be part of a healthy diet. It's not. Soda is the No. 1 cause of the health crisis in America," says DR. Ritterman
Realized that I hadn't prepared my income tax report for last year which I always do for the October 15th deadline. Talked to my family CPA who is a Seventh Day Adventist and works on Sunday. He said get the numbers in by five his Texas time and we'll do an email file tomorrow. Called him at four Texas time and said can't find 2011 receipts - must have put them in storage when we quickly moved. But when he heard what income I had to report he said, "Forget it - you don't need to file." Relieved, I returned to rejoicing in this life of luxurious poverty. - dc
10-14-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 106th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-22 - Part two
If you'd like to see the redo of shunryusuzuki.com, beta version, let me know. - DC - thanks cubed to Peter Ford
1994 Interview with Aiko Uchiyama, Shunryu Suzuki's little sister, by DC - Just took me 13 years to get it up here on cuke. Going over other interviews with her and Suzuki family members from 73 to post.- dc
Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into "Facts"? - Scientific American
10-12-12 - Flashing - Chapter nine of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Visit to Sauk Mountain - by David Silva
David Silva cuke page with links to his interview, website, photos, more
The US presidential debates' illusion of political choice - Glen Greenwald in in Guardian - thanks Gregory
posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events section
Happy birthday Kelly Chadwick (my father, not son) 10-12-1903-11-01-1956
10-11-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 105th lecture excerpt - from 71-07-22 - Part one
Making a Work in Progress presentation to members of the IHS, Institute for Historical Studies, in Oakland on October 21st at 2pm titled The Legacy of Shunryu Suzuki. I'm going to emphasize that this work is going on through the contributions of many people. Here's the notice sent out to members. If you're interested in attending, please contact me. - DC.
The IHS is an organization of independent historians and has been a fiscal sponsor for this work for over a decade. Here's their website.
10-10-12 - Bread - Chapter eight of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
(not actually shocking - just trying to look like the Huff Post)
Beverly has a civil rights story too
10-09-12 - Tom Cabarga sends this about his father translating Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind into Spanish.
The past should not be followed after,
But whoever gains insight into things
- The Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya III.187 )
- thanks Jeff Bearden
Freedom Songs, part VII - Natchez - 1964
10-08-12 - The Double Moon - Chapter seven of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
10-07-12 - Freedom Songs, part VI - Non Violence
One thing karma means is that we are not exempt from the results of our actions - Kabumpkan
10-06-12 - Horse Sense - Chapter six of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Al Gore suggests Obama was suffering from altitude sickness Wednesday night. He'd arrived four hours earlier. That happens to me. One example: Security guards at Harrah's in Tahoe told me I couldn't sleep in a comfy chair near where son Clay and friends were playing video games. I told them I'd lost all my energy and couldn't stay awake. "Just get here?" one asked. "Yeah." "You've got altitude sickness. Go get a chocolate bar."
10-05-12 - Zen and Excitement - Chapter five of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Jim Griffin, buddy from the Texas Panhandle, sends a mellow tune he put up on the You Tube and writes, "I fondly remember you playing and singing guitar in our living room...we then motored to Amarillo College to interest that lot with the "Freeze Please" World Suicide LP ..... they are still lost." He says he's reading Thank You and OK! for the third time. Good lord. His buddy, Chris, "Yohmei" Blasdel, another Texan, has lived in Tokyo since 1972. Studied for decades with Kinko Master, Yamaguchi Goro. Chris has written a book about all that - in Japanese - and it won awards. Good lordisimo. Now it's in English: THE SINGLE TONE: A Personal Journey into Shakuhachi Music. Texans rule. - dc
10-04-12 - Two posts from the recent SFZC's Sangha News Weekly
Constancy - Chapter four of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Happy birthday Kelly, elder son
10-03-12 - Nothing - Chapter three of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
INNER PEACE — GLOBAL IMPACT - thanks Howie
10-02-12 - The Joy of Giving - Chapter two of Beginner's Mind, Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Chronicles Project - Talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Zen and Tantra - video and audio - thanks Howie
On the same talks, read David Schneider's The Teacup and the Skullcap - here's the introduction
filed on Chogyam Trungpa page
10-01-12 - Beginner's Mind - Chapter One for a book of the same name, from Marian Derby's original manuscript.
Translator interview on Translating the words of Buddha site. - thanks Howie
Community Grows - Barbara Wenger continues greening up the Koshland Park and San Francisco and SF youth. Give generously.
An interesting communiqué about communicating with vermin and ants and Shunryu Suzuki (nope - about Dainin Katagiri).
7-12-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 80th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-09v - PRIEST ORDINATION CEREMONY: Paul Discoe and Reb Anderson.
I've got a whole folder on Sokoji that I photocopied from the SF Public Library file. If I ever get time or interns or a grant I'll get it up on cuke. Anyway, it would be neat to have a Sokoji section. That reminds me - there was an interesting couple of emails from a man here in the Forth Worth area about Sokoji not long ago. Here they are. Here - just made a new Sokoji Section for cuke. - dc
7-11-12 - Index for Crooked Cucumber (in progress) - We really should have included an index with the book when it came out. An index makes a biography more appealing to libraries and reviewers I gather. A number of people have bemoaned the lack of an index in CC. Well, now, thanks to the noble efforts of tireless cuke volunteer Ray Watkins, we have one - in progress. Take a look and make any comments you wish. Send them to DC. I see the index being presented in three ways: here on cuke to refer to, a printable version on cuke that can be used with the book or even attached to the back end of it (that was Ray's excellent idea), and, ideally, included with a later edition of Crooked Cucumber along with some maps and a few errors corrected (such as getting Phillip Wilson's first name spelled right).
7-10-12 - More photos taken at Crestone Mt. ZC during the time of Dan Welch's installation as abbot. Sophie Dillo sent them. Asking if she took them. - dc
Got a request for the username and password to shunryusuzuki.com with the note: I really enjoyed your interview on the Expanding Mind podcast!!!. I'd forgotten about that. So here is a link to it which I'm adding to Audio of DC that should probably be erased - dc
Adam Sommer is the person who sent that message. He's got an interesting astrology site called Holes to Heaven.
A little of the Ludwig Van - via flashmob - thanks Katrinka
7-08-12 - Reading BBC news this morning before 5am noticed the following ad:
Oh gosh - genetic engineers explain why GMO food is dangerous. - thanks John Steiner
7-07-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 79th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-04.
Can't start a page for Issan Tommy Dorsey without featuring
Schneider, David. Street Zen: the Life and Work of Issan Dorsey. Marlowe and Company, (2nd Edition, June 2000) originally Shambhala, 1993. Here's the Amazon.com link.
More to come.
7-06-12 - From the end of the 2nd chapter of Collaborating With Angels, Rob Lee's memoir about Issan Tommy Dorsey and Maitri Hospice, being serialized in www.subtopian.com (issue 5),
Amen. - dc
Starting a page on Issan
Sue Moon will be guest editing another issue of Inquiring Mind, the spring 2013 issue, along with editor Barbara Gates, and Sue writes, "Because it's a different sort of issue than usual, we are sending out a call for submissions." Here it is:
The spring 2013 Inquiring Mind will feature stories and poetry. Please send us creative work that comes from a dharmic perspective, but you don’t need to mention the Buddha unless you feel like it. 3,000-word limit for stories. Deadline: October 1, 2012.
Check out the website, which will give you a sense of the printed magazine if you're not familiar with it. Send submissions to Spring2013@inquiringmind.com.
Crop Circles. Wow. Saw this film on YouTube. Now I want to see What on Earth. They are so beautiful. Congratulations to the great artists and brilliant engineers, veritable magicians - who made these wonderful creations. - dc
7-05-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 78th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-04.
A million thanks, nine bows - to those who've donated to keep this work going.
Donors to the Crooked Cucumber Archives are now listed on the contributors page. Please inform of any omissions. Have enough now to get by through October. See Donate page, Do it page, Suggestion: on the Donate page, make a $2 monthly donation through Paypal. Thanks. - dc
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7-03-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 77th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-04.
Keith Martin Smith has an interesting site which features a book he wrote on Denis Kelly, Heart Blown Open: Of Saints and Sinners - that's a link to a page with excerpts. Lots about Alan Marlowe in the book and some about Shunryu Suzuki. Alan introduced me to Denis in 1972. More to say, but later. He's a Zen teacher now, Jun Po Denis Kelly. Here's his site, Mondo Zen. - thanks bro Lor
7-02-12 - A few tributes to Katherine Thanas whose funeral was yesterday - from cuke correspondence.
Loring Palmer on The Conquest of Peru - his recent inspiring trip and trips there
Fort Worth Report: Ahdel (mother) reports for cataract surgery at 6 this morning. Printed up the Appeal for funds for the Crooked Cucumber Archives (including this site) for her, soon to be 98, and her one comment was that she thinks I meant complementary, not complimentary. Thanks mom.
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6-30-12 - Nityanjali and the beginnings of a practice center in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage in Tiruvanamalai, Tamil Nadu, India where I was last year. This is a project of Shindo Gita Gayatri who was very helpful to me there last year and with work on the Suzuki archives at the City Center in past years. Gita was ordained as a priest in the SFZC by Paul Haller who is to be involved in this project. - DC
A Response (my favorite) to the April 2012 appeal for funds for the Cucumber Project and comment on Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind from the Curmudgeon Buddhist. Sent in May. Also posted in Notes on ZMBM - DC
6-29-12 - A Funeral Ceremony for Katherine Thanas will be held at Santa Cruz Zen Center this Sunday, July 1 at 2:30pm. Everyone is most welcome but there may be an overflow of people there. There will be another funeral ceremony for Katherine at City Center or Green Gulch Farm in another month or two, especially for her friends in the Bay Area. cuke main page for Katherine Thanas.
Update on Katharine Cook on the new Katherine Cook Main Page
Motivation, Inspiration, Intention in DC's MSWSM.
Fort Worth Report: Murder in the neighborhood.
6-28-12 - A question about Shunryu Suzuki's college thesis.
New entry in the Crooked Cucumber Errata section: Katrina Boni in the acknowledgments should be Catrina Boni. She's Italian. Discovered this because this photo of Shunryu Suzuki standing in front of the SFZC's City Center, probably by her late husband, Robert S. Boni, is being used by Shambhala Sun. I was helping out and in searching for her name noticed the erring spelling in the book. My apologies Catrina. Here's her cuke interview.
Do you know who took these photos? The one mentioned above I believe to be by Robert S. Boni. Let me know if you think otherwise. This one was taken in Los Altos I'm pretty sure. Anyone know who took it? Maybe Will Stocker? Shambhala Sun is using these two photos in an upcoming article on the SFZC's 50th anniversary and would like to credit them. They're crediting Boni with the first one. But I just sent them an email saying it seems a little funny to use a photo from Los Altos in such an article and suggested I could send them any photo from this site's photo page or this Shunryu Suzuki photos archive. - dc
I'm used to the idiocy, bemoan the grammar, but love the irony - in dchad misc.
Also in the same fascinating section, an addenda to my recent detention by the Fort Worth Police.
6-27-12 - Santa Cruz ZC Abbot Sobun Katherine Thanas' remains were moved from her home this morning at 9:00 a.m. - main page for Katherine Thanas. Her funeral still isn't set because Reb Anderson is in Europe and they're looking for a good date. - dc
She used to be Jiko Linda Cutts but now I see the SFZC site has Eijun
The SZBA mentioned above is the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and has an excellent website.
Photo of Issan by Rob Lee looking at the card I sent him from Japan right before he died - attached to post about Rob's book on Issan - 6-06-12 in dchad misc.
6-26-12 - In loving memory of Katherine Sobun Thanas, Roshi
That article had some excerpts from an interview with her in Santa Cruz Sentinel, one of which is now posted here in Brief Memories (of Shunryu Suzuki).
War on Drugs a boon to the spread of AIDS according to prestigious international body.
6-25-12 - Karin Sobun Daiosho, Rev. Katherine Thanas, entered Great Peace at 10am yesterday, June 26, surrounded by loving students and friends at her home. MORE
Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 76th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-03U - the U in this file name means un-verbatim, that there was no tape to check against or that it wasn't checked against the audio. Usually this means an older transcript of which the audio is lost. A V at the end of a lecture file name means verbatim.
6-24-12 - Karin Sobun Daiosho, Rev. Katherine Thanas, entered Great Peace at 10am today, June 24, surrounded by loving students and friends at her home. MORE
6-23-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 75th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-02V
Two updates from yesterday on Katherine Thanas' condition.
JW sends an interesting note regarding my visual migraine mentioned yesterday.
Interested in seeing this film. - dc - thanks Howie
6-22-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 74th lecture excerpt - from 70-08-01V part 4
Created a main page for Katherine Thanas with a new photo - thanks Elizabeth Sawyer for the photo
A visual migraine - in DC Misc.
6-21-12 - Katherine Thanas, who had a stroke two days ago, is in a coma, back at home with her Sangha around her. Tony Patchell was sent this from Beata in Santa Cruz:
No IVs, fluids, liquids, few meds. She is okay re clear instructions that are being followed with great care. She has a team of hospice nurses who practice with us and they are all here. She has a team of priests and heirs who are planning events surrounding her passing, which is expected to be soon.
More on Katherine's condition and how to help and an upcoming sesshin.
Katherine's cuke interview and photo.
(See below 6-18).
Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 73rd lecture excerpt - from 70-08-01V part 3
Off to Akron tomorrow for five days with mother for her grand niece's wedding. When the police detained me last night in front of her house, she may have been worried that this could potentially interfere with our flight plans. (Read more).
A budget note: None of the money donated to the CCA (Crooked Cucumber Archives) is being spent for the trip to Ohio or this trip to Texas. All my expenses are being covered by my mother - except for some flowers I bought her. Work continues though. I get a lot done here. - dc
6-20-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 73rd lecture excerpt - from 70-08-01V part 2
How I came to Zen practice - Rick Wicks
What I'm doing now. - dc
Will post updates on Katherine Thanas' condition when I hear. - dc
6-19-12 - All our prayers go out for Katherine Thanas. See below.
6-18-12 - late
11:03pm - Talked to Rosie P. Katherine apparently fell in her apartment. There was a cut on her head. She's had a lot of internal bleeding in her brain. She's in a coma and on a ventilator. Rosie says there's a lot of chanting going on around the country for Katherine.
10:28pm - Just talked to a nurse. Katherine is in critical condition in intensive care at Dominican. People are in the room now chanting with her.
10:20pm - Got a message on my cell phone this evening from Vicki Austin saying that Katherine Thanas was found - unconscious I think - she'd fallen. She's at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA. - more as I learn. Prayers for Katherine. - dc
6-18-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 72nd lecture excerpt - from 70-08-01V part 1.
Peter Schneider comments on the May 2012 Crestone Mt. Seat Ceremony for Dan Welch
6-17-12 - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
6-16-12 - Mind Seeking Way Seeking Mind - Awareness of Suffering
From yesterday's Who Is Meditating? : There is a Burmese saying, "You are not meditating, meditation is meditating."
Reminds me of:
"Don't ever think that you can sit zazen! That's a big mistake! Zazen sits zazen!"
from ZEN IS RIGHT HERE: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki
6-15-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 71st lecture excerpt - from 70-07-28V - part v.
Who Is Meditating? - Went to sit with Layla Smith's Mt. Root Sangha in Larkspur/Corte Madera, CA and we chanted this. She says she got it out of Buddhadharma magazine. It's an original teaching of Buddha on how to meditate plus commentary by Narayan Liebenson Grady. Yesterday while being interviewed on Expanding Mind radio, Erik Davis' co-host Maja D'Aoust (super cool site) asked just what is Zen meditation. I think I started off saying there's not one method and blabbed on a while. Now I'm posting this and sending them a link cause I think this is great. - dc
The prior post makes me think there should be a place on cuke with suggested posts cause this is so basic I should post it every day but that would get tiring. - dc
6-14-12 - Mind Seeking Way Seeking Mind - a new section. First day - Be yourself on Wayne Dyer's telethon.
For those who wish to have material to ridicule me with, as mentioned yesterday, I'll be talking to Erik Davis on Expanding Mind at 1pm central time on the Progressive Radio Network. - dc
6-13-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 70th lecture excerpt - from 70-07-28V - part iv.
I'll be talking to Erik Davis on Expanding Mind at 1pm central time tomorrow for an hour. - dc
DC remembers something Shunryu Suzuki said once about astrology.
6-11-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 69th lecture excerpt - from 70-07-28V.
Fort Worth report - in dchad misc
6-10-12 - 7 Practices That Restored My Buddhist Faith - Lew Richmond in Huff Post. Also am saving this in Reflections in case it disappears from Huff Post. Reflections is a section for material on or relating to Shunryu Suzuki originally published elsewhere, whole or excerpts. Lew Richmond main page
I Am - the film
6-09-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 68th lecture excerpt - from 70-07-28V.
Met a woman named Martha Traer at Ray Sumser's art show (see yesterday's post) who did a brief video on Ray's best known piece, Cartoonum. Find it on Traervision with lots more of her work.
I told Martha about my illustrious film and video career.
I arrived in Fort Worth yesterday. Here to hang with mother Ahdel for a month or so. - dc
Check out Ray Sumser's Treehouse Gallery website and go to his gallery in San Francisco. Cool guy. Cool art. Great opening last night. - dc
6-07-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 67th lecture excerpt - from 70-07-28V.
While we're fiddling:
Earth Tipping Point Study In Nature Journal Predicts Disturbing And Unpredictable Changes
6-06-12 - Collaborating With Angels, Rob Lee's memoir about Issan Tommy Dorsey and Maitri Hospice is being serialized in an online magazine - www.subtopian.com. The first installment is now up. Rob writes to DC:
6-05-12 - Andy Ferguson's new book, TRACKING BODHIDHARMA: A Journey to the Heart of Chinese Culture (Counterpoint, $26), is reviewed in the NY Times - review begins halfway down this page.
Amazon link for this book.
6-04-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 66th lecture excerpt - from 70-07-08V.
Write a grant proposal for the Crooked Cucumber Archives.
People are always telling me I should get a grant, often suggesting an NEH grant, for the work we do here, for the Crooked Cucumber Archives. I've looked into it, spent time on it, and it's possible yes. But it's not possible for me to do it. It's just too much. However, if you or someone you know, likes to write grant proposals, wants to write one for us, oh please let it be so. You or they could write the salary into the proposal. Need a job? Here it is. Thanks. - dc [Posted in Posts of the Do-it section]
6-03-12 - Going to the Back Porch Zendo for an afternoon sit and pot luck just outside of Occidental, CA.
Excellent Sebastopol Many Rivers Books and Tea also lists Back Porch Zendo on their Sonoma resources page.
6-02-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 65th lecture excerpt - from 70-06-25.
Vedanta Society of Northern California - dropped by their Olema retreat center last Sunday on the way home and happened into their yearly gathering. Very friendly. Loved it. Like being back in India. - dc
6-01-12 - DC remembers Shunryu Suzuki and a bucket of crayfish.
For Charles Fox and Liz Tuomi: O How I Miss You - by Hanford Woods
5-31-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 64th lecture excerpt - from 70-06-25.
Mt. Root Sangha in Larkspur/Corte Madera, CA. Gonna go there to sit with Layla Smith tomorrow morning. - dc
Should you watch out if you have a Yahoo email account? I get emails that are obviously hacked saying stuff like "check out this amazing link" and I'm sure it's happening to others but I keep noticing this happening to Yahoo accounts. - dc
5-30-12 - Dennis Samson remembers Shunryu Suzuki lecture comment on suffering.
Get requests to exchange links quite a bit, mainly from sites I don't want to link to cause there's no reason and the requests are obviously mass mailed form letters. Usually I just erase them, but I liked this one. - dc
Title: Inspirational Talks
Description: The INK conference in association with TED is an annual conference that aims to fuel innovation and foster knowledge by bringing together world’s most fascinating speakers & doers. They provide inspirational & Motivational talks and videos of the world's most fascinating motivational speakers from a range of disciplines such as art, architecture, dance, design, music, science and technology.
5-29-12 - On shunryusuzuki.com - Begin to include improved audio - not sure what to call it. 66-01-21B lecture now has a second version marked AA - worked on by AW to improve audio quality. This is the first of about twenty problem audios Angus has worked on that will be put up here. He's also worked on another 70 or so that will be going up there as well. He's intending to do this work on all Shunryu Suzuki lectures to bring Suzuki's voice out as clearly and speed correctly as possible, easier to hear and understand. Including in both on the page with all lectures and in the smaller quicker loading pages by year. This problem set of lectures are now being transcribed, almost all for the first time. See the results in progress.
Feel free to comment on any of this work.
Please DONATE to help buy better software for this work and to give Angus some much deserved compensation. Just note "audio" and your donation will go entirely to this work. Or note "transcribe" and your donation will go entirely for transcription. Go to DONATE to do so and for more details. Eventually the whole Suzuki lecture archive will be in much better shape. It's going to take a lot of work by a number of people and some time, but the results will be appreciated.
Hoffman's Phoenix Collection of the finest teas in the world
filing in Misc
5-28-12 - Great photo of Zentatsu Richard Baker and Koyo Dan Welch at Dan's recent Mt. Seat Ceremony - and more.
DC note: I'm purposely leaving images off the What's New page so that it loads quicker.
5-27-12 - A memorial service for Charles Fox will be held today at 2pm at the Gospel Flat Farm, 140 Olema Bolinas Road, Bolinas, CA (next driveway after the nursery).
PDF of the card for this memorialCharles Fox memorial page
5-26-12 - Just noticed this story was incomplete - Suzuki's advice to me upon my first trip home - in DC Brief Memories of Shunryu Suzuki - so it's finished now. - thanks Mark Bitner for pointing this out.
5-25-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 63rd lecture excerpt - from 70-06-17 (part 3).
Harm reduction - working to reduce the harm caused by drugs and the war on drugs
posted in Current Events/Engaged Buddhism
5-24-12 - Consolidated my personal brief memories of Shunryu Suzuki onto one page. Noticed the one on him dissing the moon landing was unfinished, more like unstarted - just the title and no story. Here it is - dc
Two unconventional enlightenment sites:
Jed McKenna's wisefoolpress.com
What DC did yesterday. Since I'm encouraging people to donate to this work now operating under the name of Crooked Cucumber Archives, I like to throw in an occasional report on how I'm spending my time. Read it and weep.
5-23-12 - On this day in 1959 Shunryu Suzuki arrived in America - at the San Francisco Airport. Read about it in Crooked Cucumber - Chapter Ten - A New Leaf.
I remember once talking to Suzuki Roshi and Okusan, his wife, about dying or death, something in that area. Don't remember how we got into it. What I remember is them both making the point that they've found Americans to be quite open about discussing death, not so afraid of it, that Japanese aren't like that at all, are in general very afraid of death and don't want to discuss it. I was really surprised to hear them say that. I still think, really? - dc [posted also in Brief Memories]
5-22-12 - Correspondence with Nona Ransom's Godchild and the Pouffe.
Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 62nd lecture excerpt - from 70-06-17 (part 2).
5-21-12 - Another key day in the Suzuki saga noticed from putting the photos from Crooked Cucumber up on cuke. On this date in Japan in 1959, 53 years ago, Shunryu Suzuki flew to the US for the first time. There are four photos in the book from that day - seven on the Crooked Cucumber photo page. Find them if you wish. He is so excited.
Also, from the Chronology of Suzuki's life: May 21: Leaves for San Francisco, via Honolulu, on Flight 610. [Per diary.] Age 55.
Stephan Bodian's School for Awakening begins this fall.
5-20-12 - Today is the 50th anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki's Mountain Seat Ceremony, May 20, 1962 to officially become the abbot of Sokoji, Soto Zen Mission in San Francisco. Just happened to notice this yesterday while preparing the photos from Crooked Cucumber to go on cuke, while writing the caption for this photo and the one below it taken on the day of the ceremony. Checked SFZC.org and didn't see anything which surprised me cause they're doing so much for the 50th anniversary of the ZC. Checked the Chronology of Suzuki's life and there it was.
At this point kept thinking - about things to be done in these Crooked Cucumber Archives. Posting it on the Goals page in the Do-it section.
5-19-12 - The photos from Crooked Cucumber. Bout time. Note from main cuke photo page: Here are a few photos I had on hand. Soon I'll get all the photos from the book and lots more from Japan and America up here. I'll put in folks from Crooked Cucumber so you can see what they look like and even some of me.--DC, December 1998. Thanks to Christopher Modec-Halverson for getting the inset photos ready and to Charlie Conrad at Broadway Books for sending the PDF of the photos since I couldn't find them all and to Dan Kaplan - and to Wendy Lewis at the SFZC for help with this . - dc
Paul Shippee sent a quote from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
5-18-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 61st lecture excerpt - from 70-06-17 (part 1).
Paul Shippee - Ten Tips For Compassionate Communication
Happy birthday Shunryu Suzuki.
5-17-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #13 - 68-12-24.
5-16-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 60th lecture from 70-06-13.
May 2012 Crestone Mt. Seat Ceremony for Dan Welch and related happenings. Moved posts on this event to this page.
Corrections: Martin Macaulay was also with the group at Dragon Mt. mentioned on
5-14 as attested to by the photo posted today (see above).
5-15-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #12 - 68-10-00-K.
On the road back to San Rafael from Crestone Mt. Zen Center and Dan Welch's Mt. Seat Ceremony to become the new abbot. On the way out Katrinka and I visited with Paul Shippee in his wonderful active and passive solar straw bale pressed earth adobe home - and his guest, sculptor Barbara Yates. ----- MORE
Katrinka and I are in Ely, Nevada, (pronounced like feely) on 50, in these parts called "the loneliest road in America." - dc
5-14-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 59th lecture from 70-06-01.
On the road back to San Rafael from Crestone Mt. Zen Center. Dan Welch is now the abbot. Maybe we can get a guest list.
This morning at Main Street Bagels in Grand Junction - they offer Tassajara Bread. They make it here. Wonder what recipes they use. As I recall, the Tassajara Bakery on Cole Street in SF never used a recipe from the Tassajara Bread Book. - dc
5-11-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 58th lecture.
On the way to CMZC - hours away. In Grand Junction. Main Street Bagels excellent - good loose tea. Day before yesterday sunset Overlook Trail in Zion grade A. Yesterday's Bryce beginning with the Hoodoos. Scenic 12 culminating through Capitol Reef the way to go. Skipped southern Utah's famed polygamy tour cause we needed sleep to be on time for tea at CMZC today at three. - dc
5-10-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #11 - 68-10-00-J
Beginnings of a glossary for Shunryu Suzuki lectures. - thanks Ray
5-09-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 57th lecture.
On the way to CMZC - Got to Grand Canyon yesterday in time to see the last rays of sun illuminate this wonder from Mather's Point. Remember driving up there with Kelly (5) and Ethan Patchell (4) 33 years ago and watching them ignore my commands and run gleefully to jump off the edge. I couldn't see they were just going down a couple of feet. Met a moose walking to dinner. Now for Katrinka and me a few more hours along the edge then on to a repeat of almost five hours of driving and Zion for another spectacular canyon, a not too scary walk Clay and I went on two years ago, then less than two hours drive to Bryce to tent it. Pant pant. - dc
5-08-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #10 - 68-10-00-H
On the way to CMZC - Death Valley and Vegas extreme contrast but we do the same in both places - eat, sleep, walk. Walked about seven miles last night down the strip from downtown. Crowds. Lights. Enticements. Today Bellagio Monet show and on to Grand Canyon, another extreme. - dc
5-07-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 56th lecture.
On the way to CMZC - Today repair sleep deficit, tea, Golden Canyon, Scotty's Castle, lunch in Beatty, Circus Circus, walk by the facades. - dc
5-06-12 - Life and Death Valley. Stove Pipe Wells, Salt Creek, Visitors Center movie, Furnace Creek lunch, Bad Water, Walk on hot rocks. Artist's Drive, Zabriskie Point - he made it a place for tourists from mining. Pitch tent. Eat at picnic table. Sleep under stars. - dc
5-05-12 - Jeri Marlowe, Alan's sister-in-law, remembers Suzuki Roshi and a few of us. - in Brief Memories.
Getting ready to leave tonight for 11 day drive to Crestone Colorado for the changing of the abbots at Crestone Mt. Zen Center. Richard Baker steps down and Dan Welch steps up. Will keep up with cuke and fundraising drive for Crooked Cucumber Archives which has so far brought in enough kind donations to keep the lights on here through the summer. Thanks to all. See DONATE and Do-it (for goals etc).
5-04-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 55th lecture.
A memorial service for Charles Fox will be on May 27th at 2pm at the Gospel Flat Farm, 140 Olema Bolinas Road, CA
PDF of the card for this memorial
Charles Fox's sister, Sue Bower, read these prayers at his funeral.
5-03-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #9 - 68-10-00-E
Suzuki student Alan Klein writes: I need some S p a c e -- away from cities, away from people--in Nature in a simple shelter, with the possibility of simply unwinding completely. Preparing to return as a whole person or to leave altogether. You may know of such a place, here or in another land. If so, i cannot possibly convey, nor you imagine, what a blessing it would be. Right now i am mired in southern California, needing spiritually and practically some possibility. Whether you can suggest something, or not, please let me know directly--my resources, materially and heart, are bleeding away, and i must move on.
5-02-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 54th lecture.
Shodo Harada Roshi's One Drop Zendo site has a new look. He was my teacher in Japan 1988-1992. His US center is on Whidbey Island. - dc
5-01-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #8 from 68-08-25. This one was transcribed but marked as being partial because of sound problems so it was redone from restored audio to make sure. The two versions are being compared. - dc
Comments on the SFZC Alumni Retreat at Tassajara.
4-30-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 53rd lecture.
Back from the SFZC alumni retreat at Tassajara. Clay got me there.
4-25-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 52nd lecture.
Another piece on Shunryu Suzuki by Stephen Gaskin from his book,
Monday Night Class - thanks to Mark Bittner
Three or four day Cuke break - Clay is driving me down to Tassajara today for the alumni retreat. We're planning on cruising down highway one, dropping in on some friends, enjoying the stars and air at five thousand feet at Chew's Ridge on the Tassajara Road, sleeping somewhere in that wilderness, and going in tomorrow for morning zazen. He'll be driving back to Santa Rosa tomorrow. Gotta bum a ride back Sunday and plan to throw something up here late. Till then farewell oh noble reader.
More on what cuke work in the hopper for today and the next few. - dc
4-24-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #7 from 68-08-17.
Ancient virus DNA thrives in us - BBC article wonderful to aid meditation on the questions of who am I? and what is this? What is self? My thought being one should be most skeptical about coming to any conclusion. - filed in Digressions.
4-23-12 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on precepts - 51st lecture.
First two excerpts from Stephen and Ina May Gaskins' books. Thanks to Mark Bittner for finding and transcribing two excerpts, one presented today. - dc
Taiyo has a website for his photos.
4-22-12 - Happy Earth Day.
Cuke staff takes day off to honor our interconnectivity with the land, sky, water, animals, and plants. We will go forth into the world to hug rocks, dance with trees, dissolve into the earth body. reflect on public policy, sing to the crushing treads of corporate and governmental robots which tower over us, crush our dreams, and disappear as we awaken. - dc
4-21-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #6.
Ken Spiker took exception to the Chris Hedges column linked to recently
filed in the Current Events/Engaged Buddhism section.
Ken has some great Suzuki Roshi memories here on cuke. No time now to look for them. You do it - just put his name in the search box up top.
4-20-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 50th lecture excerpt.
New RIP designations for names of people in the Acknowledgments of Crooked Cucumber.
4-19-21 - Help needed for Diane di Prima - on Shambhala Sun Space
Diane was a student of Shunryu Suzuki and other Buddhist teachers and is Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Get well Diane. - dc
Happy birthday Clayton Chadwick, younger son, now 21. Clay was actually 21 before today, but his driver's license just shows his birthday. You see, Clay was not born on his birthday. more in DC misc
4-18-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #5.
Corresponding with Dana Gaskin Wenig, Stephen Gaskin's oldest daughter. He and she are going to come up with something for cuke to augment what we've got. Here's her note in Comments with a brief sentence in Brief Memories of Shunryu Suzuki.
I know there are some other mentions of Suzuki in Stephen's books, at least one other. I've got it but it will take time to find it. I can think of one in Amazing Dope Tales that I can find the beginning of in Google Books:
I'd like to complete this quote from that book. Thanks. - dc
[Thanks to Mark Bittner for finding and transcribing the full excerpt. - dc 4-23]
4-17-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 49th lecture excerpt.
On the SFZC's 50th anniversary, DC reflects on why the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki is thriving. (Posting this in Brief Memories and posting this link in the new cuke section featured below)
50th Anniversary of the Founding of the SFZC cuke section. Got some ideas for it like presenting a complete listing of groups and teachers in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage. - dc
Speaking of thriving,
Critical review of Thrive movie and movement - Thrive is a bunch of New Age Libertarian, paranoid conspiracy theory, naive, wishful thinking, global warming denial hooey.
Thrive movie and movement - got it all worked out. Linked to on cuke last year.
Seeking some clerical help to help do things like that the above mentioned listing together, working on email lists and other tasks for fundraising, work on website. No experience necessary. - Contact DC
4-16-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #4.
First they came for the Muslims - Chris Hedges in Truthdig -
filed in the Current Events/Engaged Buddhism section.
What DC's Doing - since we're doing this fundraising drive for the Crooked Cucumber Archives which includes what you find here on cuke and shunryusuzuki.com and more, I thought I'd give a little running description of what I'm doing - more info than most would want - another example of cuke's Full Disclosure Policy.
4-15-12 - Sometimes gotta take it easy. So today just gonna write thank you notes to the generous folks who've sent support to the Crooked Cucumber Archives. Read all about it. And I think I'll make one of those thermometer like things to show how far we've gotten in reaching our goal. It will have an Antarctic look but we're not freezing to death. Thanks to all. - dc
4-14-12 - Visiting the grave site - Ned Hoke in Brief Memories (of Shunryu Suzuki)
Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 48th lecture excerpt.
Amazing how much of the entire lecture archive is in these excerpts. I remember Niels Holm (RIP) saying once, "Suzuki Roshi taught precepts, his whole teaching can be seen that way." - dc
Mary on Vimeo - 16 videos. Good going Mary.
Mary was an early student of Suzuki Roshi. I always thought of her as a potter, but there are wonderful paintings on her site. She lives in San Miguel de Allende and was at Genjoji for a year or so a few years back and I've got an interview with her in the backlog that I'm eager to get to. - dc
Friday the 13th - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #3
Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcripts 2012 --- INDEX - lectures and comments added to the digital archive this year.
Don't forget Legendary Poets to Read at SF Zen Center tonight. Joko Dave Haselwood says Dianne Di Prima is not well and doesn't see how she can make it tonight. Get well, Dianne.
4-12-12 - An Appeal for Funding the Crooked Cucumber Archives Created and Sent out by Rachel Boughton of the Pacific Zen Institute on April 11, 2012
Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 47th lecture excerpt. (in which Part II begins)
4-11-12 - 2012 Drive to Raise Funds for the Crooked Cucumber Archives
DC April 2012 appeal for support.
4-10-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 46th lecture excerpt.
Waking Up and Falling Asleep - by Mark Foote
4-09-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 45th lecture excerpt.
Legendary Poets to Read at SF Zen Center this coming Friday the 13th. (and because this is leap year we have two Friday the 13th's in a row.)
This is billed as a launch of the 3rd Issue of ZEN MONSTER
"We are Rebels" - Interview with Brian Unger, editor and publisher of ZEN MONSTER
The Soy Milk Carton and Beginner's Mind - in DC Misc.
4-08-12 - Happy Buddha's birthday in the Japanese and Chinese tradition and Easter, day of our rebirth and the Northern Hemisphere's. - dc
4-07-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #2.
Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcripts 2012 --- INDEX - lectures and comments added to the digital archive this year.
A talk given by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at the City Center of the SFZC on May 27, 1971. - thanks Joe Galewsky
4-06-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 44th lecture excerpt.
Good Friday to you - death of the ego day. Here's Father Steve Frost's offering for the day: the Berkeley Core: FORAYS INTO THE PSYCHE OF BEING
4-05-12 - Shunryu Suzuki newly transcribed lectures in progress. Transcript #1.
Willem Malten writes from Santa Fe: Here are two articles and together will give people insight into what happened here in New Mexico, and how a new nuclear modernization facility was stopped and some of the strategic thinking that went into that. Read more from Willem
The two articles:
4-04-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 43rd lecture excerpt.
Tell President Obama to stop his war on medical marijuana. Join us in asking the President to finally put an end to the government's war on medical marijuana. Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Also along these lines check out the MPP and the Drug Policy Alliance. Millions hassled, busted, incarcerated, ruined while robber barons and war criminals aren't even bothered. Federal attorney in CA says medical marijuana sends the wrong message to the children. I say she sends the wrong message of persecution, putting people in cages for what she disapproves of. I wonder if she drinks alcohol. I don't. I haven't partaken of any psychoactive except caffeinated tea for years. To me oppression of others is the worst addictions. - dc
A rare moment caught - thanks Rene
4-03-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #11 - Shhhh!
Before Shunryu Suzuki and all the Soto Zen priests who came to America whose names we know, there was Soyu Matsuoka. - dc
On 3-29 posted the following but neglected to load the reworded appeal: Reworded the appeal from ten days ago for special gift for two software programs to work with Shunryu Suzuki audio. Go to donate software. My policy is to check every link after uploading but didn't notice the mistake. - dc
4-02-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 42nd lecture excerpt.
AW who's working to improve the quality of the audio of Suzuki Roshi lectures is working on this intriguing website:
cuke website usage - On the first of every month, I check out usage for my websites and noticed that usage was down on cuke and hits was more down. I attribute this to the simplified home page without all the messy stress-inducing links which I've been scolded for for years. I'm not going back though I'll be thinking of how to better make the home page and all the many subordinate pages and links displayed. - dc
4-01-12 - Taking a day off except for these nude photos of myself posted in the spirit of full disclosure.
3-31-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #10 - You asked me how i came to Zen Center
Freedom Songs Pt. 2 - Hitchin' East
3-30-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 41st lecture excerpt.
A Story from Loring Palmer (the first in this new section, ZC Stories) - Cannabis Cookie Freak-out at Tassajara
3-29-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #9 - Made out of Garbage!
There's a DONATE button for a one time generous donation and a SUBSCRIBE button for monthly recurring donations with options starting at $2 per month.
And I'll try to get to the Do-it page to further clarify the goals, budget, supporters, etc of cuke and the Crooked Cucumber Archives. - dc
Reworded the appeal from ten days ago for special gift for two software programs to work with Shunryu Suzuki audio. Go to donate software.
3-28-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 40th lecture excerpt.
Haikus confuse me
- thanks Daya
3-27-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #8 - Potatoes
Chronicles Onion presents It's Never Too Late - something new from the folks at Chronicles of CTR (Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche).
Today's evening service at Green Gulch Farm will be for Charles Fox.
3-26-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 39th lecture excerpt.
Charles Fox funeral was Saturday.
3-25-12 - Digital free day.
3-24-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #7 - If It Bothers You
Michael Komatsu Doherty's shakuhachi
3-23-12 - RIP Charles Fox who died yesterday at 4:30 in the afternoon. Good show old friend. [Charles Fox memorial page]
There will be a small private ceremony for Charles soon and a larger memorial later to be announced.
Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 38th lecture excerpt.
Message from Reformed Whores to Rush and us - thanks E. Sawyer
3-22-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #6 - Beer Nuts
M. L. of Commonweal in Bolinas came to Charles Fox's bedside yesterday. Charles has stopped eating and drinking - his advanced MS finally, after more than forty years, got to be too much to keep going. They've been best friends for forty years. He sat with the family and me and we talked some. Charles' son James said that he'd asked his father to give him a sign from beyond if he could after he'd died. [Read More]
3-21-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 37th lecture excerpt.
Charles Fox has stopped eating and drinking. Going there. Must finish quick piece on Kobun months late for book Vanja's putting together. - dc
3-20-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #5 - Just Sit in the Kitchen
Q&A: Zen priest talks about launch of Marblehead center - Joan Amaral interviewed in the Wicked Local from the Marblehead Reporter. See post on Joan's Zen group there two days ago.
And a happy vernal equinox day to you. It began at 1:14am Eastern Time (Farmer's Almanac link).
3-19-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 36th lecture excerpt.
Check out Ray Watkins' The best Tai Chi DVDs for Home Mastery. Ray is working on an overhaul of the cuke Shunryu Suzuki lecture transcripts as found here and on shunryusuzuki.com. Here's his blog for musings.
3-18-12 - Introduction to the Chinese Translation of Crooked Cucumber
The teacher is Myozen Joan Amaral (who is a sweetiepie)
See interview link posted on the 20th.
Seeking special gift of $700 for two software programs, about 350 each, to work with Shunryu Suzuki audio. Go to donate software. It was 350 for one program but after consultation I realized it would be best to get both now. - Thanks, dc
Making a little headway on the fundraising front. Just did a new Donate page with a simplified address and appearance. Now there's a special PO Box for donations to go to. I'll pick them up, write a thank you and deposit them into an account controlled by others. Now going to work on a new non profit Paypal button with recurring payment option. The fiscal sponsor for this drive will be the Pacific Zen Inst.
3-17-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #4 - Special Stones
Consider Crestone Mountain Zen Center as a possible venue for your group retreats.
They still have availability for 2012, and we are accepting reservations for 2013 and 2014. For more information please visit their website or call the office at 719-256-4692.
Crestone Mountain Zen Center is a year-round Zen practice and retreat center in one of the most secluded and extraordinarily beautiful places in the country. The Center is located on 240 acres of piñon and juniper forest, at the foot of majestic 14,000-foot peaks and above the vast, ancient lakebed of the San Luis Valley.
CMZC has been hosting meditation, yoga, music, dance, bodywork, writing, and psychotherapy groups for more than twenty years.
Seeking special gift of $700 for two software programs to work with Shunryu Suzuki audio. Go to donate software. It was 350 for one program but after consultation I realized it would be best to get both now. - Thanks, dc
3-16-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 35th lecture excerpt.
On the way to the City Center for Della Goertz memorial. - dc
3-15-12 - Happy Ides of March though beware might be a better interjection, and not because Julius got it that day, for it was a day for military parades and the glorification of war into which we easily slide and with great difficulty depart.
Shunryu Suzuki and others on Peace and War
Science is the Only News from edge dot org. I remember saying to Baker Roshi that if I was in a hurry I only looked at the bridge column in the paper and if online maybe just a short BBC science article and he said that Stewart Brand said something like the title above. I like stuff like this cause I think it holds our superstitions to the fire but am skeptical about these opinions as well- dc
3-14-12 - Beverly Morris Armstrong (Horowitz) Suzuki Stories #3 - Roshi at the 92nd Street YMHA
One Pine Hall - Robby Pellet is a dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki's son, Hoitsu, and is the teacher at this zendo in Seattle. Go to the site and find the newsletter link (March 11, 2012) which is obscure but the site is set up so that I don't see how to link to it, just to the site. Anyway, there's an interesting report on his visit to Japan and the tsunami disaster anniversary and Soto Zen. - dc
Jerry Bolick who's with the Buddhist Churches of America and appears numerous times on cuke (use search feature on home page to see them) writes on Kokoro, the present incarnation of the former Sokoji, in response to David Miller's email of a few days ago.
And now the Huffington Post has an article on the SFZC 50th. Guee I've got to start a cuke page on this. - dc - thanks Howie
3-13-12 - Two articles on the SFZC's 50th anniversary this year and a bit on a visit with Grahame Petchey who took care of the business necessary to make the SFZC an entity.
SFZC's 50 Years of Opening Hearts, Minds,
Fifty years of the
San Francisco Zen Center
A Visit with Grahame Petchey and a Suzuki Roshi calligraphy.
Zen Center 50 - SFZC's website for this year's events starting with
ANDERSON & ANDERSON IN CONVERSATION
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