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September


9-30-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki in monk's begging gear taken in Japan at his temple Rinsoin. Not from the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes though there is probably the same photo there. One of four from Richard Baker scanned in Crestone, Colorado.

 

 cuke photos page

 


Long letter from Marian Derby Wisberg to DC August 5, 2008 
- in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives
Marian Derby Wisberg cuke page

 


 

 Thinking of the following quote from Hamlet: ‘There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Got it from Falling Through the Ice: The Path of a Zen Methodist by John Hiestand whose mom and sis sat with Shunryu Suzuki in Los Alto. More on that book tomorrow.


Going to Mandiri bank to get an ATM card that a machine ate on Sunday.  - more in Saunters


 

9-29-14 - Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan

 

by John K. Nelson

Read about this book here or here

John Nelson is Professor of East Asian religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco. Here's his faculty profile.

At UCB: The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the Winners of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize - and Experimental Buddhism is a winner!

He gave a talk recently at the SFZC City Center.


Click to enlarge today's photo - not from the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes though there may be the same photo there. One of four from Richard Baker scanned in Crestone, Colorado. Richard and Virginia Baker with Shunryu Suzuki. Richard is departing for - will ask him later. - DC

Will put it on the cuke photos page

 

 


 

Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1988 Wind Bell volume 22, issue 2.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 75 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

An Aussie and Brit term for drunk is "blind." Phillip, the blind Brit next door, drinks Bintang, the local beer, rather continuously with his assistant Nyoman. -  more in Saunters


9-28-14 - Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, with DC back in April when Katrinka and I visited with her. This was a couple of weeks before her 100th birthday. That's her daughter Harumi in the background. Photo by Katrinka McKay

click on thumbnail to enlarge or just go to her cuke page.

See Saunters page for April 7th and 8th for report on that visit with Mitsu Suzuki, AKA Mrs. Suzuki, Suzuki Sensei, Okusan.

 - this posted in - Saunters too

 


Yes it's Mike Dixon in yesterday's photo. Adding it to his cuke page. Check it out.


9-27-14 -

Click to enlarge today's photo - SRC0080 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - with notes.

(cuke photos page)

 

Not sure who this is and it's not in the notes on shunryusuzuki.com. I think maybe it's Mike Dixon. Will ask. - DC

Yes it's Mike Dixon. And don't know who the kid is.


 

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, What to Do When You're Running Out of Time - posted in Climate Change - thanks Taigen

 

Rebecca Solnit dot net


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1988 Wind Bell volume 22, issue 1.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 74 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Putting more hours into current cuke project of getting the early Shunryu Suzuki lecture transcripts ready to include in the archive and feature one by one here on cuke. This is not the early Los Altos transcripts which are already on cuke and shunryusuzuki.com. It's all the ones that existed before the verbatim project at around the turn of the century and were used in making the verbatim lectures checked against the audio and then forgotten - except in cases where the audio was lost in which case they were gone over and named unverbatim. The verbatims and unverbatims are all featured on shunryusuzuki.com. There are some of those early ones on the cuke lecture page from posts way back, but most have been in storage and it's time they were recognized again. Will start featuring them when done with featuring the Suzuki lectures from the Windbells which are another batch of early transcripts. So that's one thing that's happening at cuke industries these days. - DC - posted on What We're Doing

cuke lecture page and shunryusuzuki.com


Continuing from yesterday, Seth also noted that women here still can be seen carrying large loads on their heads - departing the market or just going down a sidewalk. Also - families on motorbikes like yesterday a daddy driving with mommy behind with baby and daughter behind her. - posted in Saunters


9-26-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo - SRC0151 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - with notes.

(cuke photos page)

 

 


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 24 - 1987

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Common Misconceptions about Global Warming - from IFL Science {I Fuckin Love Science] - Thanks Seth Eppes - posted in Climate Change


Katrinka's son Seth leaving today after two weeks climbed Mt. Agung (not easy), loved the surfing, body-boarding, snorkeling (especially in Lombongan), loved how friendly and polite the people were, noticed the beautiful beach accented by the shiny, fit people from the personal trainers conference, empty restaurants that somehow stay open, the dense traffic flows well close together crossing passing etc harmonious where in America that density in such small an infrastructure would have jams and gunfights, says venders would do better if they didn't hassle people as much, some could make a good living selling beach sun chairs in a vender free zone, wonders why there are so few sea birds. - Saunters


9-25-14 - RIP Rudy Hurwich and condolences to his daughter Lynn.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1987 Wind Bell volume 21, issue 2.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 73 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


The Rehearsal Room - Ran into Richard and a friend of his in line at a store and turned them on to Warung Kayu Api where they invited us out and then we turned them on to a driver we like whom they were quite pleased with, commenting on what a good driver he is. We agree, but to me that's the norm around here. It's also the norm for bule or foreigners to get stopped if they're driving a car or motorbike as mentioned several times before. Yesterday Seth was going surfing with Scott who got pulled over by a cop for stopping at a red light before turning left - they don't stop here. Cop wanted a million rupia ($84) but settled for 200,000 cause that's all they had. Scott called it getting a DWW - driving while white. - posted in Saunters


9-24-14 - Donn Deangelo's Montage of his Shunryu Suzuki photo with the Heart Sutra

 

 

 

 


Brian Victoria's War on Zen - an article by Brian Victoria in Sweeping Zen.

Brian Victoria cuke page


I'm not a soda drinker but found it interesting to hear that some soda drinkers here preferred the Cokes here to those in the US because in the US they use corn syrup and here it's sugar. And then the conversation went to how diet drinks are far worse than sugar sodas - cause more weight gain and diabetes.  We drink fruit juice here with no sugar both fresh and packaged and the latter, even though it's all natural isn't supposed to be that good an idea. Mainly eating the whole fruit is the thing to do. Plenty of that around here. - posted in Saunters


9-23-14 - Larry Cooper's film Tassajara 1968 now at shunryusuzuki.com in low resolution (thanks Peter Ford) for easier loading in addition to the bigger file that was there. Check it out at this link or at the site's video page.

 

And here's Larry's original note about the film on the cuke video page - followed by a bit written on it when it was first uploaded.

 


 

Click to enlarge today's photo - SRC0002 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - with notes.

(cuke photos page)

 

photo by Rowena Kryder. And please remember Visionary Artist Rowena needs our help -  

Rowena Pattee Kryder page

 

 


Michael Katz at the New York City Climate March two days ago with his sister Carol, and SFZC alum Dian Woodner ran into David Zimmerman, Linda Ruth Cutts and Steve Weintraub and his sister, Teah Strozer, Susan O'Connell, and

lively folk from Brooklyn ZC. The Buddhists were crushed together in one place, creating their own warmth and humidity. In typical fashion I didn't stay in one spot, wandered around with Dian and Carol, saw the wonderful Bread and Puppet floats and other great sights and sounds. One thing I'll say New Yorkers are incredibly warm and friendly, especially cops. Carol moved a wooden barricade to get through and a cop came over to make sure she didn't get a splinter. A black guy offered me his seat on the train coming in -- I must have crossed a rubicon of dodderyness.

 - posted in cuke Sangha news and linked to from Climate Change


Water rafting today with Katrinka and her son Seth - class three, not scary, lots of fun, and beautiful jungle. Here's the site for the folks who do it. One thing I thought about was how non-authoritarian our raft captain was and same in other endeavors in SE Asia - gentle reminders, no drama, smiles. - Saunters


9-22-14 - Yesterday's climate rallies - BBC

300,000 in NYC - Huff Post

China Co2 levels per captita exceed Europe with India not far behind - BBC

World sets carbon record - Huff Post

Paul Krugman: Saving the Planet ‘Might Be Free’ - NYT & Truth Dig

posted in Climate Change


 

Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1987 Wind Bell volume 21, issue 1.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 72 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Looking at a kids book with maps of the provinces and islands of Indonesia.  - posted in dc misc 4


Oops. Forgot to post a photo.

 


9-21-14 - Logistics for today's Climate March in NYC.

 

Say hi for me. - dc

 

posted in Climate Change


L to R - Andrew Atkeison, Michael Stusser, Tozen Akiyama, and Zoshi Takayuki in the Meditation Garden at Stusser's Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.

 

Tozen on cuke

 

Andrew Atkeison cuke page

 

 

Zoshi is a wood sculptor. - dc

 

 

 

 


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 22 - 1987

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


It's getting warmer.  - posted in Saunters


9-20-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1986 Wind Bell volume 20, issue 2.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 71 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Click to enlarge today's photo - SR00094 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - with notes.

(cuke photos page)

 


Rowena Kryder bio - books by and about

 

And please remember Visionary Artist Rowena needs our help -  - Rowena Pattee Kryder page


When we were departing Malaysia last time (where we went because we have to leave Indonesia every two months) there was no one else in line so there were two immigration officers to take care of us. I made some comment about us being the only ones there and one of them said that's because all the planes were grounded and none could take off till later that day. I said, "Really?" He said, "No Just kidding," and laughed. I told him he was the only immigration officer from any country that I'd ever heard crack a joke. - posted in Saunters


 

9-19-14 - Sorry I can't make the People's Climate March on September 21st in NYC. Say hi for me. - DC - posted in Climate Change


In memoriam Niels Holm. Two photos by Gregory Johnson just taken in Port Townsend, WA posted on the Niels Holm Memorial Page.

Here's one. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.

 

Look for his name on a stone.

 

That's today's photo.


Talking to old-timers here and people who've lived in third world countries there are those who contend not only that people were happier before progress, but that they were wealthier. Our driver Ketut tells me sometimes how troubled he is. He's got three properties to make payments and build on, three vehicles to keep up, children to educate. Seems to me that the world economic system tends to emphasize short term profit for investors and maximum growth rather than emphasizing the welfare and happiness of human beings or even the survival of the human race. - posted in Saunters


9-18-14 - From the SFZC - Everyday Enlightenment: Shunryu Suzuki’s Expression of Zen Practice

led by Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn


September 30 - December 6

Residential, commuter and online options available

 

 - posted in Ads & Announcements

 


Click to enlarge today's photo - SR0175 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - with notes.

 

(cuke photos page)

 


 

Heard some good paranormal stories. -  in Saunters

 


9-17-14 -

 

Click to enlarge today's photo - SR0151 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - with notes.

 

(cuke photos page)

 


 

Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1986 Wind Bell volume 20, issue 1.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 70 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

Tennis report  - in Saunters


 

9-16-14 - Having won the International Warren Harding Award for Most Boring Website Presentation for cuke.com every year for over a decade, we've decided to start including a thumbnail photo with each day's post (Click on it to enlarge). Info presented with photos works better on websites. Research has shown that info with a photo is remembered better - even if the photo is unrelated. Haven't done this because 1 - It takes time, 2 - it makes the file bigger and shower to load 3 - Didn't care - just want to keep uploading stuff without any standards. But the vote of the steering committee is to try to be more appealing. Dog photos would probably work best, but we have all these low res photos of Shunryu Suzuki so we'll go through them. This photo with notes is here higher res as SR0001 at shunryusuzuki.com. - DC - Posting this note on the cuke photos page but not the following photo thumbnail posts.


Here's a more accurate version of Shunryu Suzuki lecture #12 on the Lotus Sutra from the fall of 1968. Lecture name 68-10-00-K surely given later on in November but most of these lectures weren't dated so they were named that way a while back. This will be added to shunryusuzuki.com where the link to that lecture is this. A text file of this PDF should replace the existing work in progress. Not going to do that now though because Peter Ford who manages the site is being inundated by me with emails about a transcript project we're involved with.

Don't know why this transcript by the meticulous Brian Fikes is not in the transcript archive. I found it about a year ago comparing old transcript collections from the SFZC with what we've got now and included it in a group to be scanned. There still might be some others that haven't made it to the current so called complete archive. When I get back to the States I plan to see that all those old transcripts are carefully checked again to make sure there's not some other transcripts that could be added - among tons of other archive stuff to go through in storage. - DC - posting this in the cuke Suzuki lecture section.


Two marriages. - in Saunters - 2013-14 trip notes


9-15-14 - There will be a viewing of Rowena Pattee Kryder's art later this month in Pipersville, Pennsylvania, USA. Here's the invite.

And please remember Visionary Artist Rowena needs our help -  - Rowena Pattee Kryder page

And Rowena's situation makes me think of the Zen Aluminati - not forgetting those among us who are old, sick, lonely, forgotten.


The Zen of “The Zen of Steve Jobs” - Adding yet another to the on the Kobun page in the Kobun-Jobs-Zen area


On transport, posh mall, and recycling. - in Saunters


A review of DC's first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Zeleski in Publisher's Weekly - light scan, good review

Thank You and OK! home page


9-14-14 - Weird - Had today's cuke all ready to load but was so caught up in working with the Suzuki transcripts forgot about it so what was for this day will be for the next. - dc


9-13-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 21 - 1986

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really? - Most interesting from Steve Silberman, but the Tassajara connection doesn't ring a bell. If you have any memories of this please write. - posted that a couple of years ago (2-15-12). Adding it to the on the Kobun page in the Kobun-Jobs-Zen area.


A good article on global warming from the Houston Chron - posted in Climate Change

Incidentally, my 2nd cousin is about to become governor there. - DC - posted in dc misc 4


We don't worry about things getting stolen here like some countries. It can happen though.  - more in Saunters


 

9-12-14 - Mayumi Oda Book Signing and Fundraiser for PZI (Pacific Zen Institute) September 29 in Oakland

 - posted in Ads & Announcements


 

John Sheehy (who's researching Reed/Zen/Lloyd Renolds) wrote after reading yesterday's post from Gregory MacNaughton on Kobun Chino and Steve Jobs and DC's piece on Kobun - some interesting stuff here. - dc

 

Read it on the Kobun page in the Kobun-Jobs-Zen area

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1985 Wind Bell volume 19, issue 2.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 69 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

balloonsHappy Birthday to my sister Susan. I hope that the very expensive gift I shipped to you arrives today. - Your loving brother D.

 

 

 

 

 


Another Bali film from 1932. Dua Gadis Bali tempo dulu [Two girls of the old days]

 - posted in Saunters


9-11-14 - Posting better versions of her famous to us photo of Shunryu Suzuki taken by Rowena (Leary) Pattee Kryder - The original color and an uncropped black and white. Posting on the Photos page at the bottom. wrote about - it can be downloaded from shunryusuzuki.com photo section in low or hi res. It's SRC0001 or in BnW as SR0063. Including the story below of Layla and Jim Bockhorst saw it when visiting Rowena and persuaded her to let the SFZC use it.

And please remember Visionary Artist Rowena needs our help - One of Suzuki Roshi's early students, Rowena (Leary) Pattee Kryder  is in poor health and reaching out for assistance, both financial and help in finding an assisted living facility. - thanks John Sheehy - Rowena Pattee Kryder page

 


The Zen of Steve Jobs, Kobun Chino Otogawa and Japan - thanks Gregory MacNaughton who sent it as part of a discussion with Reed Zen alumni. DC responded: I don't know about Jobs sitting at the SFZC zendo, rather the Los Altos zendo. All I know about Jobs and Tassajara is that Kobun brought him there one day to show it to him. I mention more about Jobs and Kobun in a piece I wrote that's at the top of the Kobun page. If anyone knows more, please let me know.

Kobun Chino cuke page


 

Was reminded in the Bali Advertiser today how good the weather is here. It's been perfect for months. Going to get a little hot now but never too hot for too long I hear. I didn't expect it to be so good. An American who's been here since the seventies said this is an unusually cool dry season. They don't say winter and other seasons here - just wet and dry.

 

Another plus is being able to swim every day which I do quickly in ten laps after yoga in the hotel pool next door which we can use. And a real plus is not experiencing the excess of chlorine we get in the States due, I'm sure, to overzealous health departments. No eye burn or even irritating odor - just enough to keep it clear. And then there's the ocean which is always just right.

 

But I spend a lot more time at this computer than anything else. Just did days of maintenance. Nice place to do it though.  - posted in Saunters

 


Remembering those who died in Manhattan on 9-11-2001 and how our government ignored the sympathy of the world instead deciding to fan the flames of Jihad. - dc  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

 


9-10-14 - Brian Victoria: The "Non-self" as a Killer - an addenda in Sweeping Zen to his two part Zen Masters on the Battlefield featured herein earlier.

Brian Victoria cuke page


A review of DC's first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Spokane Spokesman

Thank You and OK! home page


Birds in trouble -  posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


One product Katrinka has noticed in Asian countries is all the skin lighteners, whitening creams, in the pharmacies and health and beauty emporiums. Many dark women from Asia want to be lighter and many light women from the West want to be darker.  - posted in Saunters


9-09-14 - Joel Weishaus on meeting Soen Nakagawa

from Soen Nakagawa Roshi dot com - Remembering Soen Nakagawa Roshi

Joel Weishaus cuke page


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1985 Wind Bell volume 19, issue 1.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 68 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Greenhouse Gas rate accelerating - posted in Climate Change


A note from Katrinka to DC sister Susan who just returned to US from visiting us.

  - posted in Saunters


9-08-14 - Lew Richmond writes:

I have been invited by the new online magazine ContemplativeJournal.com to lead a 4-week online class on Aging as a Spiritual Practice during October 2014.  The class will run for 4 weeks, will be fully interactive, with opportunity for realtime discussion. In each class I will give a talk on a topic from my book, teach a contemplative exercise from the book (or a new one), and have Q & A and open discussion.  The class will be recorded so people who missed it can tune in any time.  There will also be weekly readings written especially for the class, a blog-type discussion forum, and other features.  I am excited about this opportunity to teach Aging as a Spiritual Practice more widely in this way.  For information or to register click here:

Aging as a Spiritual Practice Online Class 

 

Lew Richmond cuke page


 

Shunryu Suzuki on paradox - an email and response about whether Suzuki really said that.

 

Subject: Suzuki quote and internet arguing

 

In the course of making this page, realized that a special page - Shunryu Suzuki quotes and excerpts from lectures and memories - would be useful so gathered put this exchange there and added pre-existing links to other related material. Enjoy. - dc


New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea - Huff Post

 

DC Posted this comment there - more in dc misc 4


Check out this wonderful film by Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead

 

Trance and Dance in Bali - thanks Michael Katz (who worked with Gregory Bateson and brought him to the SFZC where he spent a lot of time and passed on)

  - posted in Saunters


 

9-07-14 - Visionary Artist Rowena needs our help

One of Suzuki Roshi's early students, Rowena (Leary) Pattee Kryder  is in poor health and reaching out for assistance, both financial and help in finding an assisted living facility. - thanks John Sheehy

 

 - posted in Ads & Announcements and Aluminati updates

 

Rowena Pattee Kryder page

 

Coincidentally, the poor copy of the photo of Shunryu Suzuki that comes up when you click on the link to A Short Talk During Zazen below in the Wind Bell, is the photo that Rowena took that is mentioned on her cuke page.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1984 Wind Bell volume 18, issue 2.
 

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 67 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


I'm no good at bargaining. Remember back in 88 in Thailand would walk into store, choose what I wanted, indicate it to Kelly who was 14 then, walk out and let him haggle. I remember saying I was looking for "pants" and creating giggles because that's used for underwear in a lot of places with trousers the English for what we call pants in US. Here in Bali to keep in bartering shape I force myself to insist on a low price say with a driver - and then after they agree, give more, maybe even what they wanted. To get rid of mounting change today I asked if a cashier would give me bills for it which they won't always do and when he did so, left it as the tip. - DC

Today's movie:

Bamboo homes and the Green School - CBS report - thanks Susan

  - posted in Saunters


9-06-14 - Brought the Shunryu Suzuki Index up to date on the right column where Suzuki or Suzuki student or contact related posts from What's New are separately listed. That way someone who wants to see that sort of post history can skip the foreign country observation, bleeding heart liberal, and lizard people posts. Repeating posts like all the Suzuki lectures and Wind Bells and Ananda's newsletters aren't repeated - they're mentioned up top. So zip down it back a few years and see what's been done. - DC

Moved this 9-07-14 to it's own page now linked from that right column so the right column now is empty but for the links to the Suzuki/Suzuki student or contact related history stuff for the last few years.


Starting a page for Steve Frost, a Catholic priest friend and confidant who sent a thought-provoking note on death and consciousness. Need the page to gather past and present links from Steve. - DC


If you liked yesterday's link to the 1944 Bali film, try out the 20s. Wonder why they don't film men? Bali women, incidentally, aren't so available for dating like in Thailand. I hear that if you see an unmarried Indonesian woman and Western man here, it's likely she's from Java or another part of Indonesia. This is a place for the women to date the local men and there is that. That's definitely the way it was 22 years ago. And now since Eat, Pray, Love, I understand the number of available Western women has increased.  - posted in Saunters

 


9-05-14 - Remembering Suzuki Roshi - A talk given by Rev. Edward Brown, Rev. Peter Schneider, and Rev. Les Kaye in honor of the 50th anniversary of Suzuki Roshi's arrival in America, on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at City Center. (from the SFZC site)

- What's with them using the "Rev." ??? I searched the site and don't find that usual. Some people like Myo Lehey use it. It was used along with sensei for Shunryu Suzuki until Alan Watts' letter of 1966 said it wasn't right and that we should use "roshi" for him. Go to that story from Crooked Cucumber on the Alan Watts page.

- posted in Suzuki Stories


A review of DC's first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Austin Daily Texan review - on the front page of the paper. Penguin publicist had forgotten to include location of booksigning that night. I went into the paper office that day to promote the book and they showed me the review and said they'd tried to find out where the event was but failed. There were still a bunch of people who knew from other sources like my own mass mailing. Am not eager to do that sort of promotion again. I like throwing stuff up here on cuke for whomever stumbles upon it. Like you. - dc

Thank You and OK! home page



Alister Crooke on ISIS part one  and Part Two -  posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


It's dangerous to generalize and to compare. I just know what I experience and comparing my experience here in Bali now with 22 years ago, everyone seems more sophisticated. Back then a young employee named Ketut would come sit in my lap to talk to me. Employees would nap in the open when there was nothing to do. They'd crowed before the TV to watch a Hindu drama. It's like we're a little more the same now. Maybe the life here is speeding up due to Western influence. Same in other countries around here too. Of course I mainly deal with people who deal with foreigners so that has to be taken into account. But I notice that sort of thing quite a bit.

Bali before the Japanese occupation  - a year before - on Youtube - Even back then the roads looked good. They're pretty good now too.  - posted in Saunters


 

9-04-14 - An intro to Beginner's Mind Zen Center - in Northridge, LA (CA) - teachers Peter and Jane Schneider - from the SFZC Sangha News.

Peter and Jane Schneider cuke page


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1984 Wind Bell volume 18, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 66 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Open mike at Annapurna in Sanur with buffet pay what you want. We've eaten there a number of times recently. They call it soul food but that's Bali soul food, not US. High quality eats and music. Cool people. Here's their Facebook page.

Talked with a Swede there last night who does some import export. He mentioned getting about four thousand dollars worth of something shipped to Bali. It was late so he went to the port at Surabaya about 400 kilometers away. The first person he asked about it said that it would be hard to find. He kept getting answers like that so he talked to the dock captain who said he remembered that shipment and that the Swede could have it for a 100 million rupiahs (about twice what it cost). He gave up, said you have to go through a local company that will guarantee - that shipping a container on your own is not a good idea. He said they see it as a gift. Wherever you are, gotta learn the rules of the road.

- posted in Saunters


 

9-03-14 -- Jeri Marlowe sent a copy of a letter she received from her brother-in-law, Alan Marlowe, back in 1972. That letter is now posted near the bottom of this new cuke page created for Alan with links to other entries.


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 20 - 1986

Only  these three issues missing:
Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 18 - 1986
Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 19 - 1986
Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 32 - 1990 or 91 - missing (or Zen Freethinker)

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Escalation Follies -  posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

 


We're back in Bali with new visas so we can stay here for sixty days - with a pesky renewal after thirty. Just more ways for them to squeeze money out of us. When you arrive you have to pay $35 (just up from 25) entrance fee - that's in US dollars. It's hard to get the thirty day renewal for less than $60 and not worth the trouble usually to try to save on that. Our Aussie friend Rosemary went to East Timor cause she has in-laws there and immigration there wanted a US dollar entrance fee and she had none but they had an ATM that had them and it ate her card. It took her the rest of the day to get in. Monday in KL (Kuala Lumpur) we went to high tea at a woman' house. She was giving an air conditioner to the school where we stay. The couple who run the school and their kids were there as was Wai who started the school and her young son. I wish I could describe the treats. Mainly Chinese but some Malay and rose apple slices from Australia that were so sweet and fragrant. And no tea - water and fruit juice. Yum. - posted in Saunters

 


9-02-14 - Brian Victoria page on The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Check out the top piece - Zen Masters on the Battlefield (Part II).

 

Brian Victoria cuke page

 

 

 


 

Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1983 Wind Bell volume 17, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 65 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

There is much variety of dress for Muslim women from casual with no indication they're Muslim to full burka which I've only seen in airports a few times. What's the difference between a hijab, niqab and burka? - BBC. One thing I do notice is the contrast when a woman in Muslim swim wear which covers most of the body and a man in swim trunks are on the beach and in the water, frequently with children, a baby. And then there's a scene like seen at Bali airport two women covered but for the eyes in beautiful attire, both the same, light brown with dark brown accents, with two men in tee shirts and Bermuda shorts. - posted in Saunters


 

Dr. Falota has spent nine years working on a site on Chinese medicine. No links yet but a neat home page. He's an old cukester who's spent years in China.


9-01-14 - International Day Against Nuclear Tests Should Push Us All to Demand Global Zero - posted in Species Threats, Nuclear


A review and a flier for DC's first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Steinberg - Santa Fe New Mexican

Spokane Public Library announcement of reading and booksigning (Over a hundred people showed up but Penguin had failed to get any copies there in time)

Thank You and OK! home page


Kuala Lumpur - Here for a few days to renew Indonesian visa. All I know is the great food, endless multistory shining malls with almost everything imaginable - cool and good for walking around in, lots of traffic on endless freeways, wonderful hosts. The radio station we're listening to emphasizes promoting a moderate Malaysia. Compared to Bali it's like being in Europe. It's also humid and never cool so get out early to stroll around. Eleven years ago stayed in a backpacker place, went to the Reggie Bar, and played pool with Africans, walked around the Petronas Towers, then the tallest buildings in the world. It's so cool this time can use Indonesian here if they don't speak English which most do. Today needed an ATM and was told to go to Petronas. Thought they meant the tall buildings far away but that's the name of an oil company and they just meant a nearby service station. At the station laughed at the sign above where cars park to get water and air (for free). It reads Angin & Air. The Angin means air and the Air means water. I think they should call air Water to make it even.

Here are a few previous posts from last March about our hosts and the school where we stay plus links to photos of us and to their site, Learning Beyond Schooling.

 - posted in Saunters


 

August

 


8-31-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1983 Wind Bell volume 17, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 64 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Gary Snyder reading Riprap - thanks Brit Pyland - posted in cuke-The-arts - writing


Selamat Hari Merdeka – Malaysia Independence Day 2014

As they did with Indonesian Independence day recently, Google featured a Malay artist to recognize this day.

Susan my sister flew back to Oakland after a great two weeks visiting us in Bali and we flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a few days. Have to leave Bali every sixty days. We return Tuesday and get new Visas on arrival. A savvy driver friend told us he knew someone who would fix it so we didn't have to leave next time. I'll do that if immigration says it's okay but not if it's a sneaky thing. In 2003 I had lunch one day in a little corner Bangkok restaurant and was joined by a US guy from another table who said he'd just gotten out of three days in jail for doing that there and was being kicked out of the country. Didn't matter that the place that stamped his passport was one of many that advertise prominently. He said that there was no room to lie down in the jail cell which was full of people of all ages including little children, unsanitary conditions, food and water below his standards. Anyway, we're in KL now staying in our engaged Buddhist friends' school in a suburb. It's Independence day. We missed the parade. Had a great dim sum breakfast a few blocks away though. - posted in Saunters


8-30-14 - Two Reviews of DC's first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Tex Zen - Amrita Schlachter (RIP) in the Fort Worth Star Telegram (DC home town paper)

Publisher's Weekly (An occasional reader would get confused with the way the book jumped back and forth in time)

Thank You and OK! home page


A couple of days ago mentioned the ubiquitous bribe scene with motorbikes and cops here in Bali. Lovely landlady Widya said that foreigners come here and drive without licenses and disregard laws and sure it's wrong for a motorcycle cop to take a bribe but it's a lot easier than having to go pay a fine or meet a judge. She and her hubby David had an English school. She said that it took them six months to get all the permits, that nine different government agencies came to inspect, that immigration carefully checked the teachers. There was too much bureaucracy but never a hint of a bribe. And on the other other hand, a large new large local hotel was built despite the ban (which I'm not at all clear on) on new hotels (which are junking the place up). A newspaper report said that the police chief went there to see what's up and said something like What can I do? They had all the right permits. They also had a petition approving of the construction signed by neighbors who said they never signed anything. Adding up all the clues here.  - DC - posted in Saunters


8-29-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1978 Wind Bell volume 16, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 63 of 110 selections (approximately).


Just re-read this story named Loosing Balance cut from Thank You and OK! which means it was written over twenty years ago.

After reading the exciting story, read comments in Saunters.

Thank You and OK! home page


8-28-14 - A number of times I heard Shunryu Suzuki say that everyone is doing their best. - posted in DC Brief Memories


Hear that doctor's can buy licenses here. Not corroborated. We wonder about the new doctor who's set up shop nearby and stands out looking for customers like shopkeepers and taxi drivers. He seems like a nice guy though.  - posted in Saunters


8-27-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1976 Wind Bell volume 15, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 62 of 110 selections (approximately).


On the bicycle trip yesterday passed some motorbiking tourists who'd been stopped by police. That's a sort of tax on riding motorbikes here. People I've talked to who ride those things around in the countryside or anywhere say they carry 50,000 rupiah bills ($4.25) to give to the cops who stop them so they can ride on. Doesn't matter what they did, usually nothing.. Also rode by rice drying on tarps on the roads. These were not heavily traveled roads but there were some cars, motorbikes, trucks, and where there was rice drying the road was reduced to one lane. Only a few dogs barked at us which was good. 22 years ago I think there would have been lots. - posted in Saunters


Reading about the upcoming UN report on climate change, I worried about the fate of beings on planet earth, considered how I'm not worried about anything now or in the short term and not worried about anything in the big picture in which space and time float or do whatever it does. So:

Short term OK.
Mid term worry
Long term OK

Realized have to do some work on attitude toward the mid term which obviously is included in the long thus it's OK too. Just doesn't seem that way. - posted in dc misc 4


8-26-14 - The Melanthium Band - Lew Richmond

I have recently become part of a new music group called THE MELANTHIUM BAND--trumpet, violin, string bass, piano.  Many people who know my books and teaching may not know that I was trained as a classical pianist and composer, and now I have returned to that.  Our musical style is best described as contemporary classical, with a jazz inflection. Most of the pieces are my original compositions.  In order to distinguish that activity from my Buddhist teaching and author work Melanthium has begun its own Constant Contact mail list identity.  I have taken the liberty of adding your name to that list, so from now on when you get an email from "The Melanthium Band" you will know it is my group.  You can read about the musicians, hear a YouTube clip of excerpts from a recent concert, and read up on the pieces we play.  Our website is here:

Tom Silk wrote recently, "Lew Richmond has hit a home run in his composition of a tone poem that serves as a soundtrack for a 20 minute pilot film on the natural glories of Buddha and West Marin." 

Lew Richmond cuke page



India's Kerala State Announces Plans to Dramatically Increase Organized and Disorganized Crime  

- posted Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Paul Maxwell review of DC first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. The source for this review is not included in this scan but it was in a magazine published in Japan. Will find that out later. - dc

1999 message from Paul Maxwell to cuke.

Thank You and OK! home page


Went with my sister Susan today on a bicycle trip today from Kintamani to Ubud, almost all downhill past beautiful scenes, rice field terraces, orange groves, small villages on small roads. Susan road in the follow-up vehicle part of the way and was fascinated talking to the driver. He stopped briefly at his home and rice field - in the family for generations - and introduced her to his wife and baby. He told her Bali people pay land and vehicle tax but no income tax. School is not free. The majority of people still support themselves with agriculture. They eat rice three times a day and grow it all - three crops a year. He's studying English to get a better job. Here's one company that does these tours. Here's another with a good view of Kintamani.volcano, last eruption 1994. - posted in Saunters


8-25-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1975 Wind Bell volume 14, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 61 of 110 selections (approximately). - dc

This is the Wind Bell with Steve Stucky on the cover. I miss Steve and many people miss Steve and the SFZC misses Steve and cuke.com misses Steve. He was a steady, wise person and a strong supporter of the cuke archives and all this work and made a considerable monthly donation - was a subscriber. - DC

Steve Stucky cuke page


Iyengar, Yoga Innovator, dies at 95.


Correction: Mitsu Suzuki (Shunryu's widow) recent haiku collection, Temple Dusk, Translated from the Japanese by Zenshin Eitan Bolokan, being released in Hebrew. [Not her book White Tea Bowl as was incorrectly stated here three days ago. Sorry. Gotta brush up on my Hebrew. - DC


Looking for a small low table to sit on the floor and work at, went into a little furniture shop. The proprietress wore a head scarf. One can address all Balinese the same but sometimes I like to use the universal Muslim greeting.  - more in Saunters


8-24-14 -- Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 17 - 1986

Only  these three issues missing:
Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 18 - 1986
Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 19 - 1986
Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 32 - 1990 or 91 - missing (or Zen Freethinker)

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Visited a traditional pre-Hindu village here in Bali. Guide pointed out tubes in a tower to be hit to call people or to announce. Might have been large bamboo sections. Later we heard five hits. He said that means someone just died in this village. - posted in Saunters


8-23-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1974 Wind Bell volume 13, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 60 of 110 selections (approximately). - dc


 Should I even mention that my sister Susan, Katrinka, and I went to the White Sand Beach yesterday - Pantai Pasir Putih - a short bit after Candidasa (remember c is pronounced ch). It's a pristine beach of a couple hundred yards I estimate with little development and nice not very challenging waves. Never too many people. Best to park up top and walk down as the road is a bit rocky. Candidasa once had nice beaches but locals took all the coral away from the reef and the beaches washed away. - posted in Saunters


8-22-14 - Mitsu Suzuki (Shunryu's widow) recent haiku collection, Temple Dusk, Translated from the Japanese by Zenshin Eitan Bolokan, being released in Hebrew.

Here's an announcement of the release event in Israel. [Can't get this link to work on site though it works from the email received]

See more on Mitsu and the English version of the book.

 - posted with prior communication from the translator, including comments on the recent situation in Israel.

 

 


SF Chronicle review by Alix Madrigal of DC first book from 1994, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Thank You and OK! home page


Indonesia backs president-elect amid protests - Many of the demonstrators are paid rent-crowd groups or professional protestors, bussed in to give the appearance of a public outcry (This observation from Australia News).Everyone I've talked to in Bali who is happy populist Joko Widodo won and were apprehensive about the bad loser, Prabowo Subianto, a former general with a record of human rights abuses from the Suharto dictatorship. A good day for Indonesia. - DC - posted in Saunters

 


8-21-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1973 Wind Bell volume 13, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 59 of 110 selections (approximately). - dc


Seeking noble beings who want Verizon accounts. We've got three we want to transfer to others. Verizon Crisis. Katrinka, son Clay, and I are all three in a Verizon contract that we can't get out of and none of us are using the accounts at all. Katrinka and I are in Asia for an undetermined while and Clay uses a phone he buys minutes on and his iPhone for music and wireless. We're at the end of how much we can suspend service. They gave us 30 more days today for the three lines after which time we can start paying about $200 a month or terminate the contract for $780 or find people who want Verizon accounts whom we could then transfer our accounts to (not the phone numbers). I've also thought of writing a letter to a top exec expressing our desire to keep our Verizon accounts and wishing they were more flexible so we could use them when we're in the US and suspend when we're out, pointing out we're long time customers. If you can help with this please email dchad at cuke dot com. Thanks. DC - posted in Saunters


8-20-14 - There's been some correspondence between Joel Weishaus and DC now posted on his cuke page. In response to being asked if he'd ever met or seen Suzuki Roshi he responded:

It must have been around fifty years ago, so I hardly remember. A room, and zufus, A hallway. Suzuki talking in rather broken English. It's all misty.

 

posted on Brief Memories of Shunryu Suzuki and added to the end of his cuke page.


Natalie Goldberg's letter to DC on Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

Thank You and OK! home page


Four day Sanur Village Festival in the field across the tiny street opening ceremony tonight. The rehearsal music for the last couple of days has sometimes seemed to be coming from inside our place. Here we go. - posted in Saunters


8-19-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1973 Wind Bell volume 12, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 58 of 110 selections (approximately). - dc


Satvika Bhoga is a small food store on Jalan Hantua in Sanur with a big ORGANIC sign out front. We've gone there now and then to get brown and red rice, almond milk, and other stuff. The owner, Depak, is from Java. His parents were Hindus who fled what is now Pakistan when it split off from India. They went to another Muslim country, but one where they weren't in danger. His brand of Hinduism is Advaita Vedanta. I said I revered Ramana and Nisargadatta, two great 20th century Advaita gurus. He taught me how to pronounce Advaita - with the V sounding like our W and introduced me to the guru he followed, Shri Adi Shankaracharya, and to Chinmaya.

Shri Adi Shankaracharya (788-820) - In Hinduism - about

Chinmaya in Wikipedia - Chinmaya West

There are of course lots of other links for Shri Adi and Chinmaya

  - posted in Saunters


Lizard People sending messages via film.


8-18-14 - Got some PDFs to enter into the digital archive here from my first book, Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - DC  - in Group TY  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - First three.

 

Blurb list

Borders reading leaflet or card

Promo blurb sheet

Thank You and OK! home page


In response to earlier DC post, Andrew Main on Canon's Corporate Name Etymology - in Others Contribute


My sister Susan is in the air, on her way to Hong Kong and from there to Bali. After eleven days here she returns to Gulag America and we go to Kuala Lumpur for a few days before returning here as bule (foreigners) on tourist visas can only stay for sixty days. Gonna be pretty busy till that return on the 2nd of September but will valiantly continue posting as well as eye can. - DC  - posted in Saunters


 


8-17-14 - The video of Vera Haile Dalenberg's Memorial service on 7/31/14 in case you were unable to join us. There is also a link to the short photo slideshow we played at the service.   Both are posted on her website ata verahaile.com.

posted on the Ananda Dalengberg cuke page along with other posts about Vera, Ananda's widow who died on July 9th.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1973 Wind Bell volume 12, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 57 of 110 selections (approximately). - dc


Selemat Hari Kemerdekaan! Happy Indonesian Independence Day! - from the Japanese who immediately turned over their swords - a thousand or more staying to fight with the Indonesians against the Dutch which took another four years. Google recognizes it today.  - posted in Saunters


8-16-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 16 - 1985

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Joel Weishaus is a writer who makes a number of appearances in Ananda's Newsletters: 1983 #3, 4, 5; 1984 #8, 10, 11; 1988 #27; 1990 #30-31. Have been corresponding with him about Marian Derby Wisberg whom he met at Tassajara in 1969.

When references and links start piling up for someone we make a cuke page for them. Here's a cuke page for Joel Weishaus. Putting some comments from him on Marian and a link to his Beginner's Mind Project (previously featured) and to list of books he's written.


The Bali wife of the Englishman has moved in next door. Hubby not here yet. She's on the porch been going on in Balinese with a Bali man who I think is their assistant here or maybe a driver they use sometimes. Katrinka commented on how she likes to hear Balinese which sounds much different from Indonesian which is the trade language used to speak to non Balinese speakers, mainly other Indonesians.  - posted in Saunters


8-15-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1972 Wind Bell volume 11, issue 3.

Not a lecture, just a little something from Suzuki in that Wind Bell.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 56 of 110 selections (approximately). - dc


Moved today from our two bedroom to a one bedroom place next door - for two months till we move back and get to keep it for longer.  A blind Englishman and his Bali I think wife are coming for her to get invitro fertilization. Also hear he drinks a lot and gets loud. We'll see. Here there's only one burner, the fridge is smaller, and there's less hanging space and so forth. David the landlord, another Brit, put in a bum spray by the toilet god bless him. Anyway, sort of busy putting stuff up. The art on the walls is modern not all to our liking so we got some traditional ikat runners for a few bucks each to cover some of them and will continue along those lines little by little. Hope he's not offended.

IKAT

 - posted in Saunters

 


8-14-14 - Rowena Pattee Kryder page created as her name came up recently among folks emailing about Reed oral history, work being done by John Sheehy. If you want to contact John about Reed just shoot an email to dchad[at]cuke[dot]com.

And here's the cuke Reed page- Rowena's not in there yet but will be.


A Warm and Present History: A Tribute to the Archivists Who Visited City Center - from the SFZC's Sangha News. DC added this comment: Good work. Keep it up. Sorry I wasn’t able to attend the name that monk night, something a number of us have talked about for years. Maybe we could set something up with a Skype conference call to include some early students who could help.

 - posted in cuke Sangha news


Is it the tropics? I rubbed myself wrong below both knees and elbows from doing yoga for sure when we were in Thailand and doing it on our yoga towels but not with the mats which we'd left in Bali. I had four sours then four scabs and now after about two months they've just about gone away. I started using aloe vera less than a week ago and that seems to have sped up the healing. Should have started doing that long ago. I don't think I've ever had anythings that minor took so long to heal. -  - posted in Saunters


Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - thanks Jim McGiver - posted in Misc


8-13-14 - Correction: Jeff Broadbent will be speaking at SFZC Page Street Tuesday August 19, 7:3 0 pm. (See post below on 8-11-14 or on Jeff Broadbent main page.)


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1970 Wind Bell volume 9, issue 3.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 55 of 110 selections (approximately). Just recounted and now I think it's 110. - dc


balloons Happy Birthday Ahdel Chadwick or how about Remembering Ahdel Chadwick on her birthday. I didn't post anything on her death day, March 8th, because I didn't think of it, but a few days later my sister Susan asked if I thought of her on that day. I'm not really a special day person. I think of her and my father and so many friends who've gone before now and then randomly and when I do I frequently say, "Hi." I also say "Hi" to living people whom I think of who are somewhere else - both of which might seem silly or stupid to some but I am silly and stupid so I can't help it. I think I'll slip a post in for last March 8th. I love that about web sites, how we can re-create the past. For instance Just looked at last year's Happy Birthday message to her and found both on her page and in What's New it dated as 8-12-13 not because I'd forgotten the date but forgotten to change it after having copied and pasted the previous day's date. That's been fixed now so it never happened. Incidentally, Ahdel was a total compulsive freak for details (like me - genetic?) and would completely appreciate such nitpicky comments. - dc


8-12-14 - Jeff Broadbent, who is speaking tomorrow night [Correction: Tuesday night the 19th] at the SFZC Page Street (see notice below in yesterday's top post) writes that his translations of Sawaki Kodo's Commentaries on the Song of Enlightenment are coming out piece by piece in English, French and German in the new magazine Zen Road by the Paris Soto Zen group.

Jeff Broadbent main page


Bill Redican's Shunryu Suzuki lecture master log from his valiant work over a decade ago - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

The archive is more complete now and there have been many changes, but this is an important archival document. It's a PDF of about 120 mgs. Thanks to Jean Selkirk for creating this PDF. Bill's work concentrated on lectures with audio.

Posting also in the cuke Suzuki Lectures section. shunryusuzuki.com is where the whole archive is located.


Favorite word in Indonesian: jendela (accent on the 2nd syllable). It means window.

Much the same as "cellar door" has been regarded for over a century in English. Check it out.

 

There also happen to be some pretty windows here.

 

 

 

 - posted in Saunters


8-11-14 - Jeff Broadbent will be speaking at SFZC Page Street Friday August 19, 7:30 pm.

"Way-Seeking Mind: Lay Wanderings in East/West Heart/Mind Scapes"

I highly recommend this talk. Jeff has a broad range of education, experience, and practice most relevant for today's engaged Zen students with an openness to revealing the demons as well as the angels that he has encountered on his path.

Jeff first encountered Zen in 1956 at the age of twelve at a Quaker retreat center in Pennsylvania when he met Sohaku Ogata from Shokokuji in Kyoto. After entering college young, dropping out, and involvement with civil rights and peace movements, in 1964 he started practicing with Hakuun Yasutani and Eido Shimano at New York Zen Studies. As a conscientious objector he worked in a hospital. After meeting Shunryu Suzuki and Richard Baker in New York in 1967 he went West and became an early Tassajara student. He returned to college, majoring in Religious Studies-Buddhism at UC Berkeley, living at the Berkeley Zendo. Following Suzuki’s advice, he studied in Japan for a year starting in 1971 and became a lay disciple of Suzuki's younger brother monk, the revered Hakusan Kojun Noiri. After further practice with renowned teachers in Thailand and India, Jeff studied sociology with the eminent sociologist Robert Bellah at UCB and then did graduate work at Harvard in the sociology of religion. He spent three years in Japan working on his thesis about environmental protest. He joined the sociology faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1986 and practiced with Dainin Katagiri. For years Jeff has been leading a global research project on climate change.

For much more detail on all this in Jeff's words, an interview, his Zen bio, links to his projects and translations, see the ever expanding Jeff Broadbent main page on cuke.com

With gassho - - David Chadwick


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1970 Wind Bell volume 9, issue 3.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 54 of 113 selections (approximately).


My favorite thing in Bali is

 

 

Japun,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the flowers that don't stop falling.

 

 

 - posted in Saunters


8-10-14 - Fifty Billion Dollars - a very short story from DC


SFZC Page St. Rokuchiji (officers) meeting minutes 1971 - posted in the Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments - with the 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


MK just suggested Movie Joe even good with Nick Cage. I wrote: OK. I imagine we can own one for - wait - let me do the math - 13 for 100,000 (IDR - Indonesian Rupiah) and a 100,000 is now 8.50 = 65 cents. And we insist on "from DVD" not filmed in a theater. They can tell by looking at them. I should ask them what to look for to tell. I don't know if there's a way to legally buy movies here. Does that mean I might get five years and a $250,000 fine in all or that much for each infraction? - posted in Saunters


8-09-14 - Nagasaki day - this was the better bomb, plutonium instead of uranium, implosion rather than gun-type, Fat Man rather than Little Boy, but not dropped as accurately. In Japan I attended some meetings with hibakusha, nuclear bomb survivors, and their equivalent of PSR, Physicians for Social Responsibility. They kept talking about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I asked, "What about now? Doesn't Japan support the US nuclear weapons program and policy?" I'd hear, "We can't do anything about that." And now a quarter century later, again the question, What about now?

Is Japan Developing a Nuclear Weapons Program?

Japan Has a Nuclear Bomb in the Basement and China Isn't Happy

posted in Species Threat: Nuclear War


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1970 Wind Bell volume 9, issue 3.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 53 of 113 selections (approximately).


As mentioned on the 4th, Katrinka's been volunteering for The Lighthouse Bali and is putting together a fundraiser, so we got a printer/scanner/copier (Canon - even cheaper than the US and ink cheaper too). Just translated a sticker on the side with help from Tuttle's Compact Indonesian Dictionary. It reads "Don't duplicate money" all around the edge and prominently in the center, Organization Fighting to Eliminate Counterfeit Money with a QR code. Darn. OK. Won't do. - posted in Saunters


8-08-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 15 - 1985

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Poisonous Snakes in Bali - posted in Saunters


Population, Sustainability, and Earth's Carrying Capacity: 
A framework for estimating population sizes and lifestyles 
that could be sustained without undermining future generations
 
by Gretchen C. Daily and Paul R. Ehrlich (1992)

- posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


8-07-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1970 Wind Bell volume 9, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 52 of 113 selections (approximately).


Mary Quagliata memories of Shunryu Suzuki went up a while back. Her art gallery and video page linked to from there have great material. Don't know how much of it is new - it all looks new to me. Enjoy. - dc


The Meaning of Sustainability - another dose of what seems to me to be sane scientific thinking from Do the Math - Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options—by Tom Murphy  - DC - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


One thing that differs from country to country is how bills and change flow. - more in Saunters


8-06-14 - On this anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima,

Noam Chomsky on national security, nuclear strategy, and threats to actual security and survival.

This is truly nuts - that there continues to be a serious species threat from nuclear weapons that people think has gone away. Not at all so. All the leaders and followers who buy into the nuclear weapons game are signing on to insanity. Individuals who acted this way on a local or personal scale would be candidates for permanent lockup. - DC

posted in Species Threat: Nuclear War


Alan Marlowe's Great Moment - a Tassajara Story


It's windy. I love it. July and August are the windy months in Bali. - posted in Saunters


8-05-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1970 Wind Bell volume 9, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 51 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford

Was forgetting to change the Wind Bell year on the posts. The last few have said 1967 but we're already at 1970. The last was 1969 and the two before that 1968. Have to remember to check the year, volume and issue number, and selection number. Keep going back and making corrections. Probably spend about fifteen minutes a day just making corrections on this site.- dc


I was walking a ways one night in Bangkok - past a lot of sidewalk action -  all these little food and trinket stands and items for sale spread on cloth, people sleeping, gambling, chatting, through areas without all that, crossing busy streets, back to our hotel by the river.  - more in Saunters


About thirteen years ago was driving a friend named Judy around Marin and Sonoma. After Green Gulch Farm we dropped by Peter and Wendy's at Muir Beach. My friend said that I'd been introducing her to the Buddhist scene in the North Bay and asked Peter if he had any advice. "Yeah," he said. "Beware of teachers."  - dc  - posted in ZC Stories


Today's vocabulary: Umbra, penumbra and antumbra


8-04-14 - Grahame Petchey Japan diary 1963 or part of it - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Grahame Petchey cuke page


Katrinka's been volunteering for The Lighthouse Bali, a drug and alcohol rehab center, doing a fundraising party for later this month. I'm giving a talk there today at 1pm on Zen. May they wash their ears in the sound of birds in trees and motor scooters on the streets. - dc  - posted in Saunters


Can Economic Growth Last? - from Do the Math - Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options—by Tom Murphy - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


8-03-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1969 Wind Bell volume 8, issue 3.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 50 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


An excellent editorial on the War on Drugs and the effect of marijuana on young brains by Ariana Huffington. (Sorry Clay - too late for you) - dc - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Our landlady, Widya, was out yesterday to attend the 36th day ceremony for her newborn niece her husband, Brit David told me. He emphasized how deeply Bali culture gets ingrained in people here from the very start with no letup. I remember attending the tooth filing of our nanny in 1992. Had just picked up Kelly from the airport so he joined me as guests. Tooth filing now is sort of pretend, not sharpening the front teeth down to points like in the old days. Here's one article on tooth filing. Here's another. One article mentions that it may be symbolic but we think it's mainly symbolic now - that's what locals have told us. The one I saw 22 years ago only lightly scraped the girl's teeth. It's an important tradition but we don't see people with sharp teeth though I'm sure there are some, especially older ones. - posted in Saunters


8-02-14 - Marian Derby letter to DC explaining what she thinks the source of the box of Shunryu Suzuki Los Altos Lecture transcripts with editing marks that ended up in the SFZC library closet - all of which now are in lecture archive on shunryusuzuki.com. - - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Posting on the cuke lecture and quote page and The earliest apparently verbatim lectures from Los Altos. Tons of posts and info sort of confusing needs to be reorganized especially in light of what is known now. Also need to do corrections of info in Crooked Cucumber and even the more recent Afterward to the 40th edition of ZMBM.

ZMBM page which has a useful chart and links to source lectures

Marian Derby page


Freedom Songs - my Journey through 1964
part XI - News York & Orleans


My favorite oil to use here is the indigenous coconut oil - that's what they call it - minyak (oil) kelapa (coconut) asli (original or indigenous). - more in Saunters


8-01-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1968 Wind Bell volume 7, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 49 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Paul Discoe on the cardboard zendo at Burning Man speaking in 2009 at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Wonder if it's still going up. Looked this up after seeing examples of Burning Man sculpture posted t on Huff Post today. Huff Post also in the past posted that video excerpt on cardboard zendo.

Paul Discoe cuke page


Katrinka McKay and DC on roof of Yasuyoshi Morimoto's building in Kyoto.

See Saunters posts below for 6-19, 6-23, and 7-06-14 for posts on Morimoto.


July


7-31-14 - Joshu Sasaki dies at 107 on July 27th - Huff Post - thanks Howie Klein

LA Times another LA Times and Shambala Sun and Sweeping Zen

DC on meeting Joshu Sasaki

Joshu Sasaki cuke page


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 14 - 1985

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Looking at kites in the sky. So many, some so big. Yesterday sitting in Japanese restaurant by sidewalk four guys walked by holding one. Lying in the pool looking at the sky usually see five or six, some so high Katrinka wondered if a plane might hit them and commented that kites probably don't have flight plans. Check out Bali Kite Festival and Google images for Bali kites. - posted in Saunters


7-30-14 - Mississippi Eyes Book Event at Book Passage in Marin County, CA this Saturday August 2, 2014 - posted in Ads & Announcements


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1968 Wind Bell volume 7, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 48 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Wondered what happened to Werner Erhard. - more in dc misc 4


Ate too many candlenuts without first reading that it has to be thoroughly cooked to remove the poison and that even then it's a laxative.  - more in Saunters


7-29-14 - Gail Mueller has been diagnosed with ovarian/peritoneal cancer. Her son, Quinn, posted appeals for tonglen and financial help on GoFundMe. You can also find post's on Quinn's FB page (Quinn Mueller).  - thanks Beverly Morris Armstrong - posted in Ads and Info


By Laws of the San Francisco Zen Center 1968

posted in the Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments - with the 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


It rained this morning. It's not rainy season so it was especially welcome. As soon as it started I moved out to the porch to be near the sound, the smell, the sight of it. It cleans me like the air though I'm not in it. I check my urge to wish it continued all day out of sympathy for the many post Ramadan tourists.  posted in - Saunters


7-28-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1967 Wind Bell volume 6, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 47 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Richard Lindzen of MIT says global warming is alarmist nonsense. Debate with others here on Aljazeera. ------Desmog Blog------Wikipedia - posted in Climate Change


We have small geckos, an inch and two and three but last night amazed to see a gecko about eight inches on the wall when we got back. - more in Saunters


Emptiness doesn't suggest nothing matters but shows that everything matters infinitely in a new way. - Kabumpkan


7-27-14 -  A page of selected Shunryu Suzuki quotes sent by Bill Redican fifteen years ago or so. - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives and posted on the cuke lecture and quote page.


Ketut and I took a walk along a road a ways from here today while Katrinka was in a meeting nearby. - more in Saunters


7-26-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1967 Wind Bell volume 6, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 46 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Tomorrow's the last day of Ramadan. Bali is about 12% Muslim. We're near a mosque. There were a lot of Muslims at the beach down near the mosque about an hour after sunrise - walking into the water to get on boats. That's how one gets on boats around here - like to get to the nearest island, Lombongon. From what we've read it gets real busy after Ramadan and it's better not to get too adventurous. Indonesia expects 500 road deaths. We weren't planning to go far anyway. Katrinka got the lowdown on different greeting gestures for Muslims from different parts of Indonesia. In a lot of India they put their hand on their heart she learned. I've done that with Hindus too there. I like that. She was told in Bali they put their palms together. I wondered about that. In India I was careful not to bow like that to people who might be Muslims. But this is gassho paradise. Japan isn't. Thailand a little. At ZC it can be sort of forced. Here it's natural, ubiquitous. - posted in Saunters


7-25-14 - On the Hebrew translation of Mitsu Suzuki's Temple Dusk and comments on the situation in Israel. Emails with Zenshin Eitan Bolokan.


Earth Dodged Massive Solar Storm In 2012 That Could Have Wiped Out Power Grid - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Sending this to my sister Susan who's coming next month and Katrinka's son Seth who's coming in September.

The main words that I've found are helpful in Indonesia are: - more in Saunters


7-24-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 13 - 1985

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


This sentence from the article in the NY Times linked to yesterday caught my attention:

Indonesia, which, despite being a member of the G-20 group of major economies, has more than 100 million people living on $2 a day or less.

That's so misleading.  - more in Saunters


Another NY Times item: They made the correction sent in for the Albert Stunkard obituary linked to here on 7-22-14:

Correction: July 23, 2014 

An obituary on Monday about Dr. Albert J. Stunkard, a pioneer of eating-disorder research, misidentified the man who inspired his interest in Buddhism. He was the author D. T. Suzuki, not the Buddhist monk Shunryu Suzuki.

Mickey Stunkard's cuke page and interview

Correction email sent to New York Times

This may be the high point of my career. - DC

 


Thinking about the Four Difficulties or something like that read in Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. They are the answer as to why it's so hard to wake up to reality if that's all there is and there's no obstacle and so forth. As I recall it's so difficult because of what we can't imagine:

It's so close.

 

It's so subtle.

 

It's so profound.

 

It's so wonderful.

posted in dc misc 4


7-23-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1967 Wind Bell volume 6, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 45 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


A Child of the Slum Rises as President of Indonesia - NY Times

Indonesia's final election results confirmed Joko Widodo is president. That's an enormous event here - first new president in ten years. It's like Obama being elected in the US and probably about as helpful as he'll have to deal with a coalition and a country like everywhere controlled by the rich and entrenched power. But he's the first not from the ruling elite or military. The word today is Selamat presiden terpilih baru! Congratulations on the new president elect. People I talk to are happy. He looks a little like Obama too. - posted in Saunters and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


The road to hell is paved with trite phrases. - Kabumpkan


7-22-14 - Dr. Albert J. Stunkard, Destigmatizer of Fat, Dies at 92 - NY Times - thanks Carol Schmitt

Mickey as we called him. One of the senior Zen practitioners and teachers in the West. He sat with Shunryu Suzuki at Tassajara and in San Francisco. He was DT Suzuki's doctor in Japan after the war and studied with Muira and Yasutani and knew Soen and Edo.

There's a mistake in the article which states toward the end in a brief bio:  serving as an Army physician in occupied Japan, where he became a student of Shunryu Suzuki, a Buddhist monk who later helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States. The experience made Dr. Stunkard a lifelong Buddhist practitioner, he said.

Stunkard was introduced to Zen by DT Suzuki in Japan after the war. He practiced with Shunryu Suzuki at the San Francisco Zen Center and at the SFZC's Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for brief periods in the late sixties and early seventies.- DC

Mickey Stunkard's cuke page and interview

Correction email sent to New York Times


So many kites in the sky here in Sanur. Kids playing soccer on the beach. Sounds of older kids in the courtyard from the school next door. Went over there on a ceremonial day. All the boys in white with white turbans, all the girls in colorful saris. I walked around like an invisible person. They also paid no attention to the awful traditional singing coming from the cheap loudspeakers. I thought that might be the principal.  - posted in Saunters


Clarifying the Hobby Lobby decision of the Supremes - New Yorker - thanks Gregory Johnson


7-21-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1967 Wind Bell volume 6, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 44 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Ukranian family next door for a week. They were gone for a few days to the nearby island of Lebongon when the Malaysian flight over the Ukraine crashed. First thing I thought of was them. Woman lost her iPhone. She'd put it down on a table in a restaurant. I lost a pocket dictionary from putting it down on a table last February and I was saying back then never put anything down that you want to keep. Many other examples have been sited and will be forthcoming. Visiting friend forgot his debit card - left it in the machine. I'd told him not to take his eye off it and have his hand ready to grab it every time so he couldn't forget. Katrinka did that first day she was here. Took her two days to get it back from a bank across the city. - posted in Saunters


7-20-14 - Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables - When I ran the SFZC's Green Gulch Green Grocer with Jim Bockhorst, the buyer. we often purchased fruit and vegetables that had been condemned by the health department. The main seller was papayas. We sold tons of papayas illegally by the box quite cheap. Their crime? They didn't look nice. The health department nixed food for cosmetic reasons. Watch this video about a French food chain's move to sell food that would normally be thrown away. - DC. - thanks Phil Henderson - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Phillip played dumb (Note on Phillip Wilson [1st name misspelled like in Crooked Cucumber] from Peter Snyder observation.  DC adds - and he'd frequently talk in almost baby talk.  With random other notes in darker ink. - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Phillip Wilson cuke page


At 11am yesterday we joined our landlords, David from England and his wife Widya from Kuta near here for a drive to a fish market near Jimbaran about thirty minutes away. - more in Saunters


No need to make any profound observations. - Kabumpkan


7-19-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1967 Wind Bell volume 6, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 43 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


The Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka discusses Boko Haram, organised religion, and the current state of his country. - from Aljazeera dot com. Good news site and we like the TV news and documentaries too though don't spend too much time on it. Look at some of the posts after the article. Some strong stuff. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


It's interesting technology with some practical applications but whenever I see one I think I'd rather be walking. There are Segway tours here. - more in Saunters


7-18-14 - Note from Charlotte Selver to DC that her husband Charles Brooks has died - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Charlotte Selver cuke page


Loring Palmer on the Fourth Turning (of the Wheel of the Dharma)

Loring's cuke page


Someone wrote: Tell me - where in Bali do you stay? What's the name of the town? Do you travel around at all? Do you ever go to the inland hilly area? - Answer in Saunters


7-17-14 - Vera Haile Dalenberg's memorial and light reception will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral (in St. Francis Hall) at 1111 Gough St, in San Francisco, from 5:30-7:30 pm, on Thursday, July 31st.  

 Flowers may be delivered to St. Mary's Cathedral, as long as the date and time of Vera's memorial are specified. 

 

Posted on Ananda Claude Dalenberg page

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1967 Wind Bell volume 6, issue 1.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 42 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Japan 'vagina artist' woman arrest - from BBC - arrested for sending images of an "obscene object" in a country that worships the penis. Huff Post article with phallic toys and suckers. Check out the Kanamuri penis festival.  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


7-16-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 12 - 1985

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Photo of Vera Dalenberg with her twin daughters, Dianne and Laura. Last email from Vera Hale Dalenberg.


Freedom Songs - my journey through 1964, part X - SDS - with the Students for a Democratic Society


Really don't think it's my role to make comments about film and video media, but we do at times relax at the end of a grueling day with a movie or TV series or documentary - as in I drink tea at times in the morning. I notice little movieisms as do many people. There have been books and many articles written about them - like not closing doors and hanging up on phone calls without saying goodbye. I've been aware of a particular phrase recently and since then I've noticed it in every movie and TV series, sometimes being used up to four times. That phrase is, "Are you OK?" or sometimes "Are you alright?" Yesterday I heard "Everything OK?" which is the same thing. I don't see it listed in a couple of lists of most used phrases in film. Nor did I see the ubiquitous "Yes!" in triumph or the irritated, "What?" I know the last two single word phrases are somewhat recent, but don't have an idea how far back Are you OK? goes. - posted in dc misc 4


7-15-14 - RIP Vera Hale who died on July 9th, widow of Ananda Claude Dalenberg, dear friend and woman of the good fight for the underprivileged, . Read her obituary and more at Vera Hale dot com. Condolences to her twin daughters Diane Dalenberg Schoonover and Laura Dalenberg whom she was so close to. She was also a very loyal and loving wife and partner of Ananda. - DC

 

 

 

 

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1966 Wind Bell volume 5, issue 4.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 41 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


How Guy McPherson got it wrong - posted in Climate Change


I just gave Ketut from Lovina 400,000 rupiah. That ended the confusion.  - more in Saunters


7-14-14 - Magnanimity - a lecture by Dainin Katagiri from the SFZC Wind Bell Vol. 18 #2, 1984 - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Up in the dark. As light emerged the amplified male voice came from the school next door and continued for a good deal of the morning.  - more in Saunters


Assisted dying: Desmond Tutu signals support - BBC- posted in Death and Dying


7-13-14 -  Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1966 Wind Bell volume 5, issue 3.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 40 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Friends Barbara and Scotty around for a couple of weeks. We passed some stray dogs on our way out from the beach through a hotel's property.  - more in Saunters


7-12-14 - Freedom Songs, part IX - Ohio - Good gosh. It's been almost two years since the last piece in this series was written. Plan to finish it up now. Just two short chapters to go. This one takes place at the training camp for civil rights workers getting ready to go to Mississippi. - DC


Some DC scribbled Japan notes 1994 doing research for Crooked Cucumber - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


A little under the weather. Got up late. Drank hot water with lime. Sat for a minute then lay down. Watched the 5th Estate. As I do with historical movies checked on it afterwards. Regardless of Assange's weaknesses, he's exposing great crimes and think it's interesting so many focus on his shortcomings. The movie has many too but he's wrong when he calls it an anti-Wikileaks movie. We get daily cleaning with our place leased for a few months. Ketut today. I offered him some DVDs we'd seen. He only wanted the action ones. Zombie movies his favorite. Gave him some granola we'd made to pass on to the landlord, David, who likes Muesli. I suggested he get it well roasted before eating and gave this as an example. Studied some Indonesian. Back to sleep. - posted in Saunters


7-11-14 -  Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1966 Wind Bell volume 5, issue 3.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 39 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


John Tarrant sent a note:

Anne Aitken had a great thing about a bus stop when she was very old. Someone asked her what she thought about death.

She said, "Oh I'm waiting at a bus stop. Buses come along and people get
on and they head off. Then my bus will come and I'll get on and off
we'll go."

DC comment: I see us sometimes as in a cosmic game akin to musical chairs. One day there will be no chair for me.

- posted in Death and Dying


Sanur. There's a school over the wall. High school maybe. Maybe private. Looks sort of nice. Hear band practice that sounds like it could be in Kansas. The other day youth singing what sounded like a school song that also could be anywhere - clapping and yeas! after just like it was Texas. Sometimes especially in the morning an amplified man's voice. Further away more enticing sounds from the mosque - calling and music. - posted in Saunters


7-10-14 - For Women Who Saw Combat, a Place to Find Inner Peace - NY Times article on Tassajara retreat

Comment by DC in dc misc 4 - also linked to from Engaged Buddhism


Today starting Group I  with Note from Huston Smith to DC - undated (around 2008) in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Everywhere ants are part of our life, more so here in Sanur.  - more in Saunters

Lafcadio Hearn on Ants

Lafcadio Hearn Wikipedia page (An early and prominent Nipponophiles)


7-09-14 -  Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1966 Wind Bell volume 5, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 38 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Can't control, can't figure out, can't make sense of. What a relief. - Kabumpkan


A while back posted Getting Celsius and Fahrenheit straight. Since then have worked out a new system to remember - and corrected embarrassing errors. - more in Saunters


7-08-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 11 - 1984

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Early morning it's raining. Sitting on the porch. I love rain. Makes me feel cozy. Encourages work and reading. It hasn't been particularly hot in Sanur so far. Southern winds from Australia I hear. Pleasant walks. Wasn't too hot the three weeks in Thailand also. Lot of overcast and some rain. It's rainy season there but not here. Someone forgot to tell the rain to wait till October. - posted in Saunters


Just learned about Death Cafe.

Article on local Death Cafe from Marin County (CA) Pacific Sun. - thanks Katrinka

- posted in Death and Dying


7-07-14 -  Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1966 Wind Bell volume 5, issue 2.

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found. Today featuring # 37 of 113 selections (approximately). - thanks Peter Ford


Magnetic Poles position, strength, and flip - BBC - Found this so interesting and so phenomenally fundamental. - dc - posted in Misc


Bali Advertiser has good local news and this gutsy and informative piece reprinted from 1999 Moxie Mag. Forty Ways Men Fail. I'd ad what to me is the indispensable rule: ladies first. - thanks Katrinka (who pointed to the one on shaving)

Made a few changes to the post from yesterday on the book Shingon. - posted in Saunters


7-06-14 - A couple of weeks ago was mentioning the book Shingon, Japanese Esoteric Buddhism by Taiko Yamasaki,  David Kidd and Yasuyoshi Morimoto edited the translation into English by Richard and Cynthia Peterson. It's published by Shambhala only available in hard back. An ebook is forthcoming. There's a pirated PDF on the net. Read Saunters June 19th to 23rd for comments on the book and our visits with Morimoto. Fortuitous. - dc


Crooked Cucumber Insert - the photo insert in the book - linking to this also from Crooked Cucumber - the book

JPEGs of the same (better)

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans ---- Crooked Cucumber group


Phlosophy is Not a Luxury PODCAST EPISODE 3: ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE - thanks Loring - dc comment in dc-misc-4


7-05-14 - In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found.

- presented in this index of PDF links.

Today featuring # 36 of 113 selections (approximately)

 - from the 1966 Wind Bell volume 5, issue 1.


#2 Think twice, don't be in a hurry with money (as in yesterday's post).  - more in Saunters


7-04-14 - Happy Birthday USA - read the NYTimes obit on former Marine and hippy commune founder Steve Gaskin linked to yesterday to get his comments on the USA constitution and so forth.

 

Two old time Zennies remember Steve Gaskin - looking for more


 

Interview with Sojun Mel Weitsman in SFZC Sangha News- July 2, 2014

DC favorite parts and a few comments on that interview posted at the bottom of cuke interview with Mel.


Taxi from Denpasar airport is set price depending on destination - 125,000 for the ride to anywhere in Sanur- $10 for a half hour ride.. They assign a driver.  I asked for small money, wanted to break a 100,000 rupiah bill so I could pay that. The driver said no need, that he had change. Upon arrival I gave him a 100,000 and a 50,000 which I had leftover from when we left. "I don't have any change," he said going through his pockets innocently. - posted in Saunters


7-03-14 - Stephen Gaskin, founder of The Farm, dies at 79

Gaskin on cuke

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans - Richard Baker Folder created today - a few items here. Also creating the Richard Baker cuke page. Not much there. Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi is a dear friend and teacher of mine who has been completely supportive of cuke archives, work, projects, and me and mine all the way back to the first day I walked into Sokoji. - DC


Back in Bali after 23 days in Thailand. Good place, good people. Both of them. Just wrote this to Katrinka's son, Seth, who's coming to visit and wanted to learn a bit of Indonesian. - more in Saunters


7-02-13 - Ten hours from New Siam Bangkok (recommended) to Widya Homestay in Sanur, Bali. No connection till tomorrow.


7-01-14 - Broke up yesterday's post into four parts

In the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found.

- presented in this index of PDF links.

Today featuring # 33, 34, and 35 of 113 selections (approximately - am loosing count with changes we're making)

 - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 7.

The first part with Dainin Katagiri giving sesshin instruction was cut to be in included later with Wind Bell excerpts featuring him.

Separated out notes on Shunryu Suzuki giving kinhin instruction

Then two lectures

It is a great joy to practice sesshin with you in this way

We have finished sesshin with unusual results

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Thanks Peter Ford for putting all this together.


Even more notes from our time in Japan  - posted on Saunters


Today makes ten years without one puff or anything of the dread demon nicotine. - DC


June


6-30-14 - More from Rick Levine on Lloyd Reynolds


As was posted yesterday, Check out the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found.

- presented in this index of PDF links.

Today featuring # 33 of 111 (was 109 but just added two more):

It is a great joy to practice sesshin with you in this way - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 7.

This one begins with Dainin Katagiri giving sesshin instruction then Shunryu Suzuki giving kinhin instruction then the lecture 65-10-16a. It also includes another lecture, 65-10-16b. Plan to separate these out.

This all changed. See next day's post.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Thanks Peter Ford for putting all this together.


Just got this great photo of Michael Katz and John Tarrant who'd just led a koan seminar or whatever they called it

at the Nevada City True Nature Zendo run by Michael's wife Jenny Wunderly.

The World Catches Us Every Time

An article by John Tarrant
Published in the April/May 2014 edition of Shambhala Sun
    Abiding nowhere, the heart comes forth
       - Zen koan

- in Others contribute


Yet another bunch of notes from our time in Japan  posted on Saunters


6-29-14 - Check out the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added.

- presented in this index of PDF links.

Today featuring # 32 of 111 (was 109 but just added two more):

Confucius said the most visible is something invisible - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 6.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Thanks Peter Ford for putting all this together.


Another bunch of notes from our time in Japan  posted on Saunters


6-28-14 - Jeff Broadbent is currently leading a global research project on climate change

Jeffrey Broadbent University of Minnesota personal page

A recent email is posted at the top of Jeff's cuke interview page

On that page are links from seven years ago to climate work Jeff was doing.

His email signature includes: “The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.”  – Edward Tufte

also posted on Climate Change


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 31 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-86, Ummon's Store-Room And Temple Gate (commentary) - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 6 (No Shunryu Suzuki lecture notes in issue 5.)

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Thought I'd share part of a note from Daya Goldschlag (First past wife experience). Posted at the bottom of her cuke interview. - DC


A bunch of notes from our time in Japan. posted on Saunters


6-27-14 - Brian Victoria page on The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Check out the top piece - Zen Masters on the Battlefield (Part I).

Brian Victoria cuke page


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 30 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-86, Ummon's Store-Room And Temple Gate - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 4 (No Shunryu Suzuki lecture notes in issue 3.)

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Dennis McNally has a new book coming in October. Check it and his website out.

Ever since he finished the Grateful Dead book he's been working on a new one that traces the deepest roots of the sixties and of rock ‘n’ roll and  studies what white people have learned from black music from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan:  On Highway 61/Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.  It’ll be out October 14th from Counterpoint Press. Go to www.dennismcnally.com.  It’s got a sample of the new book, some portions of the Dead and Kerouac books, and other information about Dennis and his work, including a blog. And the book can be ordered from there.


Got the time and place of Rusty Schweickart's talk featured on the 24th. Michael Katz who recorded it writes: This was the first time Rusty came to Lindisfarne (at Fishcove, Long Island, where you visited [76?]), and the first of its summer conferences in August 1974. The correct title of the book that included that talk is Earth's Answer: Explorations of Planetary Culture at the Lindisfarne Conferences. - Posted on the Rusty Schweickart page


6-26-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 29 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-84, Yuima's Law Gate To The One And Only - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 2

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Must add this to the Niels Holm memorial page.


As I was reading your travelogue I got distracted with the interview with Niels .... just reading it  ...   I could visualize him sitting there telling the story ...  he really was a spiritual warrior  ....  though he had an over inflated view of his own attractiveness ....  you couldn't trust him 3 seconds with a woman ... wouldn't matter if it was your wife even   ....  however like Dogen says ... the boundary of enlightenment is not well defined. One of Niels' best stories ... I don't know if you have it or not ... was when he set out sailing in Canada or Alaska in his life boat ... and was getting swept into this giant rock and there was nothing he could do to escape ... when finally it seemed inevitable that the next wave would crash his boat into the rock a huge wave came out of nowhere and swept him and the boat completely over the rock unscathed. Remember when he told that story to us ... when we were all drinking that tequila that Rosie used to bring back from Mexico  .... the way he described the ending ... such enthusiastic mania  ...    had to love the guy.  - Andrew Atkeison

 


Told Stewart Wachs about Tom Kirchner's pancreatic cancer, his facing death, then finding out after the operation that there was no sign of cancer. He said it baffled everyone. Stuart came up with a new explanation. He had a diabetes misdiagnosis from mixed up records. Luckily his wife is a nurse. She did a home test and found no indication of it. Turned out they'd screwed up the records. He said they make mistakes on non Japanese records now and then because our names don't fit into their sound and writing system all that well. He said the treatment could have killed him and that the hospital nurse in charge did dogeza, bowing before him in contrite apology. - For more on Stewart and Tom do a page search on the Saunters page (Cntrl F, Mac-Cmnd F). - posted in Saunters


6-25-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 10- 1984

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


Yesterday in note below Shunryu Suzuki Wind Bell lecture post, had a note where mentioned am always finding mistakes in posts here and fixing them. One mistake didn't mention is misspellings. - more in dc misc 4


One problem with Asia I've found is that somebody stole most of the towel racks. There could also be more hooks and shelves and so forth. - posted in Saunters


6-24-14 - Listen to the original recording of No Frames, No Boundaries, Apollo nine astronaut Russell Schweickart's talk at the Lindesfarne Association. conference. Michael Katz was the recording engineer. (32:26 mp3-24bit). The talk was given in about 1975. Will get correct date soon - and place.

Read No Frames No Boundaries on the site of the Context Inst.with slight adaptation by Vivienne Hull, the above is from "No Frames, No Boundaries," by Russell Schweickart, published in Earth's Answer Connecting with the whole planet - from space, Michael Katz, William P. Marsh and Gail Gordon Thompson, Editors, Lindisfarne Books/Harper and Row, 1977.

And read more on the Rusty Schweickart page - including why such a page exists on cuke.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 28 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-82, Dairyu's Immutable Law-Body - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 1

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Opps - Every issue of the Wind Bell in volume 3 was 1964, not 1963 as was indicated till it was just fixed. I find mistakes on cuke everyday. After uploading I try to check all the links and quickly read what was written and no matter how simple what was posted I always find something to fix, sometimes many fixes - wrong dates among the most common. But since I hold to the "Everything we are taught is false" doctrine. More on that later.


Two things noticed that are similar in Japan, Thailand, and Bali: wrapping trees in cloth, sometimes with rope and hanging stuff as well, as a sign that they are holy or out of respect to spirits in them - and in temples and theater the sequence of sounds of bells, clackers, wooden mallets on wooden boards - spaced strikes after some hits becoming closer and closer in a roll down. - posted in Saunters


6-23-14 - Conclusion of visit with Yasuyoshi Morimoto and reflections on Shingon.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 27 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-75 - from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 8

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


6-22-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 26 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-73, Baso's Four Propositions - from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 7

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Continued from yesterday's Saunters post. Continued from yesterday's Saunters post. Toward the end of our first visit with Morimoto, he gave us a copy of Shingon, Japanese Esoteric Buddhism by Taiko Yamasaki, saying that it revealed more about Shingon than any book before it. He and David Kidd (see prior three Saunters posts) edited the translation into English by Richard and Cynthia Peterson. It's published by Shambhala. Morimoto says that their translation is excellent. I was surprised to find the book easy and fun to read and informative. - more in Saunters


6-21-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 25 of 109:

The Traditional Way, Summary of Shunryu Suzuki's Sesshin Lectures - from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 6

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


We call Yasuyoshi Morimoto just Morimoto which is rude without the San but he's so fluid with Westerness that it seems appropriate. I mean if we're talking about him as in, "Let's go say hi to Morimoto." If I were calling to him I'd say, "Morimoto-san!" or the more polite "Morimoto-sama!" but in his case, the later would be more like an affectionate use, not necessary. He combines dignity with informality, authority with a touch of humor. I told Katrinka he didn't seem entirely Japanese. She said yes, like someone whom we'd have met in San Francisco's North Beach in the sixties.  - more in Saunters


6-20-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 9 - 1984

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


David Kidd (see yesterday's post) wrote Peking Story. It's said he regretted that his friend David Bowie didn't fulfill their mutual dream for Bowie to play the role of Kidd. Kidd was one of the great characters of the Kyoto scene up to his death. His vast collection of Asian art is still intact in the three story home of his former student and partner, Yasuyoshi Morimoto, a surviving great character of Kyoto. Thanks to Ian Shortreed, and the kindly openness of Morimoto, Katrinka and I spent two most engrossing evenings there. Here's a snippet in which Morimoto plays a role and it gives a hint of who he is.  - to be continued - posted in Saunters


6-19-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 24 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-51 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 5

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


World population clock. - to be continued - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


David Kidd, Lover of Asian Art, Dies at 69 - NY Times, Nov. 27, 1996. - to be continued. - posted in Saunters


6-18-14 - On Ejo Takata by Andreas Ekei Zettl - a monk at Sogenji, Okayama, Japan

[A Japanese Zen Monk Offered 30 Years of his Life to Help in Developing a Foreign Country (Mexico)]


On the train, bus, car rides in the country or on the outskirts of cities, even inside cities here and there passing endless rice, barley fields, and vegetable gardens, greenhouses, even in small yards, tiny plots in front of houses. So much farming on a small scale, giving Japan high points for survival in times of disaster or breakdown of distribution system. Lots of decorative plants and flowers as well. Always a pleasure to admire. - posted in Saunters


6-17-14 - Audio of an interview with Niels Holm which starts in middle of interview II here - that's over half way through that interview and the audio is still 1:14:25 long.

I don't do much audio but some people want to hear Niels so I told them if I ran across a tape with him on it I'd post it.

I actually told people when I interviewed them that I wouldn't keep the tapes and that they could edit anything in the future - so they'd speak more freely. I erased lots of them and recorded over them. Now I think that was shortsighted. But no matter. Look at the post of a Nisargadatta quote on the 16th. That's the sort of thing I tell myself. Or Philip Whaten's "Just enough survives," which is a cuke motto. - dc

Niels Holm Memorial Page


Chris Hedges interviews and comments on Noam Chomsky - He calls Chomsky America's Socrates. Reviewed Socrates for an hour and think, ok, but without the emphasis on mind, thought, inspiration, the welfare of ones soul over politics, the divine. Hedges is no stranger to such thinking as he has a Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. I take it he was referring to Chomsky's use of clear thinking for the benefit of all beings. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


In my opinion they need to make bike ringer use mandatory in Kyoto. They swoop by on the sidewalk chillingly close and without warning, making one aware that a casual side step might have been a catastrophe. While on the subject of bikes, they get stolen in Japan. John Einarsen returned from dinner with us to find his locked bike gone. Don't know if he got it back. It could have been the police picked it up for it was in a no bike parking zone. In that case a fine would have sufficed to insure its return. While on the subject of pilfering - watch out for umbrellas as well. I recall stepping into a convenience store in the early morning dark while waiting for a bus in a downpour. When I stepped back out, my umbrella was gone. Not an isolated instance. On the other side, once while walking down a country road in Obama (where there are two monasteries that cater to Western enlightenment seekers), a few drops of rain began to fall and an old woman ran from a distant farm house to hand me an umbrella. And recently saw many clear and white cheap umbrellas here and there that seemed to be communal, up for grabs. - posted in Saunters


6-16-14 - Why I Stay in Monasteries - written a while back by Eric Arnow, sent to his Uncle. Posted at the bottom of his cuke interview. Eric's cuke page


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 23 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-53 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 4

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Which are harder to find in Kyoto's main train station? Trash receptacles or seats to rest on for a while? Ian asked a policeman why no trash containers and was told terrorism. They're not that easy to find anywhere. Sometimes there are recycling containers by vending machines that tempt one to sneak a gum wrapper in. Seats in stations, parks, stores - not easy to come by. Keep busy. - posted in Saunters


My intention to wake you up is the link [between our respective dreams]. My heart wants you awake. I see you suffer in your dream and I know that you must wake up to end your woes. When you see your dream as dream, you wake up. But in your dream itself I am not interested. Enough for me to know that you must wake up. You need not bring your dream to a definite conclusion, or make it noble, or happy, or beautiful; all you need is to realize that you are dreaming. Stop imagining, stop believing. See the contradictions, the incongruities, the falsehood and the sorrow of the human state, the need to go beyond. In dream you love some and not others. On waking up you find you are love itself, embracing all. Personal love, however intense and genuine, invariably binds; love in freedom is love of all.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

http://mpeters.de/nisargadatta - thanks Andrew Main


6-15-14 - From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture:

Why is the federal government planning to expand its supermax prison beds at a time when the rest of the nation is waking up to the horrors of solitary confinement? The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to add new ADX (Administrative Maximum) supermax prison beds, the most extreme form of solitary confinement, along with new Special Management Unit (SMU) cells, where two people are held in 23-hour-a-day lockdown.

NRCAT invites you to join a national call-in day on June 26 to urge Attorney General Eric Holder to build on his recent statements about the harms of solitary confinement by ensuring the BOP makes no increase in isolated confinement in the federal system. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 8 - 1984


Riding on the #5 bus in Kyoto, talked to a woman from Wisconsin who has been there 58 years. I told her that I could tell by the way she waited for the bus that she wasn't a tourist, seemed at home. Said we were on our way to the Baptist Hospital. She said her daughter was born there. She came as a missionary. Katrinka figured she'd been at the small church in our neighborhood. I asked if she planned to go back. She shook her head, said she went to the US 2 years ago. Said, "It has changed but I haven't changed with it. Japan has changed but I've changed with it." - posted in Saunters


6-14-14 - Dying, Bereavement, Psycho-Spiritual Care, and Buddhist Chaplaincy - from Jonathan Watts website

which features

Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved in the Modern World: Global Perspectives Edited by Jonathan Watts and Yoshiharu Tomatsu (Wisdom Publication – Boston & the Jodo Shu Research Institute – Tokyo)

Amazon link

Read more about this book and subject in the Death and Dying section

 


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 22 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-52, Joshu's Donkeys Cross, Horses Cross is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 3

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Broke my USB modem. Am uploading via Katrinka's computer. Bit of a hassle. Not in big city now. May be able to replace or might have to wait a week. Love, dc


6-13-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring the 21st entry out of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-49 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 2

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


How to open a can without a can opener - thanks Gregory - posted in Misc


Pride in work - Example # 82. The way the jokaso, septic tank cleaning man, would cheerfully announce his arrival at our home in Okayama over two decades ago. He wore white gloves, had a little mixer with a long extender, walked to the septic access behind the house, added something that helped to break down the fecal matter I guess. He would close the lid and bid us farewell. I'd jump out and thank him. He'd bow, say something polite and be off with a spirit akin to a superhero off to the next. - posted in Saunters


6-12-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 7 - 1984


DRUGS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE - Sam Harris - posted in Misc and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events due to his early emphasis on the imorality of the war on drugs.

The “war on drugs” has been lost and should never have been waged. I can think of no right more fundamental than the right to peacefully steward the contents of one’s own consciousness. The fact that we pointlessly ruin the lives of nonviolent drug users by incarcerating them, at enormous expense, constitutes one of the great moral failures of our time. (And the fact that we make room for them in our prisons by paroling murderers, rapists, and child molesters makes one wonder whether civilization isn’t simply doomed.)


We're both generous tippers in America and abroad to the extent that it's appropriate. We're both worked in restaurants, especially Katrinka, and thus are tip conscious. One thing we all appreciate about Japan is not tipping. This is better than not having to tip. In many other places one doesn't have to tip but a small tip is appreciated, and often a small amount means a great deal to a waiter or cab driver in a third world country. In Japan tips are not expected, not wished for, not thought of. Maybe in some instances it is but don't know what they are. Service is almost always extremely good, delivered with seeming pleasure. Payment is received with effusive arigato gozaimashita! - DC- posted in Saunters


6-11-14 - Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies - an article from late last year in NYTimes. It's an interesting corralery to yesterday's post on CO2 increases reducing nutritional value of crops, something that was unexpected.

These articles turn my attention to a cuke link from late last year, 12-29 from an October NYTimes article: And then there's overpopulation - at the root  (Thanks Michael Katz). Andrew Main in Santa Fe. Also mentioned that as the primary problem. How could anyone doubt this? Will post more on this.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring the 20th entry out of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-46 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 1.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Won't drink non alcoholic beer in US because it has half a percent alcohol. I never was a big fan of  beer but now both Katrinka and I have become fans of zero percent alcohol beer we found to be quite popular in Japan, and a bit expensive. We're careful to look for the 0.0% but also we could taste it if there was 0.5%. I know because tasting it is how I discovered that alcohol free beer often just means almost alcohol free. Teresa in Okayama said that alcohol consumption is way down in Japan, especially with young people. But have seen a lot of people drinking the 0.0%. - DC- posted in Saunters


6-10-14 - Mark Schumacher's Onmark Productions has so much to offer on Japanese Buddhism, statues, culture. Here's the Buddhism link. - thanks Robert Yellin (featured two days ago) - posted in Saunters


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

71-12-17  - The first meeting after Shunryu Suzuki died. Baker and Katagiri are now being called roshi. Don't think Shunryu Suzuki's picture is used on altars in zendos as planned at this meeting. Maybe it was for a while. Katagiri did preside over the 1972 winter-spring practice period as he had the prior fall-winter one but none after that.

These are the last board and meeting notes in this series. It's the only one for 1971 and there were clearly some missing from earlier years. Made copies about twenty years ago in the records storage room at the City Center of the SFZC. These are the only ones that were found there.


Adam Kō Shin Tebbe's Zen in America documentary in progress, seeks more funds.


Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition - Harvard Gazette - Posted in Climate Change though it's just about the effect of CO2 levels.


Alexander Shulgin, Psychedelia Researcher, Dies at 88 - NY Times

“I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability” 

 - posted in Misc


6-09-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring the 19th entry:

Blue Cliff Records-40, Rikko's Heaven And Earth is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 8.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Speaking, rather writing of Jay and Kyoko, affectionately known as Kyokes, yesterday, we are compelled by loyalty and admiration to share with you, dear reader, that they've got Kyoto Art and Antiques in Seattle. Robbie took Hoitsu Suzuki there a while back and he spent a lot of time looking around. Jay said his presence increased sales and that people were buying items just to give to him. Before we left we heard Jay's magic fiddle evoking the heart of Ireland at the Gael.

 

If, however, one finds oneself in Nevada City rather than Seattle, we advise to peruse the wonders of  Kodo Arts ---[Kyoto link] where Jake will assist. - more in Saunters


6-08-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 6 - 1983


Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery - met this cool dude and high end ceramics maker through best Kyoto buds Jay and Kyoko. He's been in Japan for over 30 years. Katrinka and I are vacating our Kyoto apartment today. Off to an airport hotel in Osaka. Fly off tomorrow to parts unknown. How great it's been to spend these last ten weeks in Japan. What a wonderful city Kyoto is. There are seemingly endless fascinating people and places. One can be in a mountainous forest in any direction including inside the city That's true of a great deal of Japan. They almost nuked Kyoto in WWII. [Read the 3rd paragraph here.]

- posted in Saunters


6-07-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-36, Chosha's Strolling about Mountains and Waters is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 7.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Katrinka, Kyoko Maeda and I DC visited with Mayumi Oda (Mayumi Oda Fine Art) who is doing a workshop at the Kyoto Impact Hub with Silvia Nakkach. Silvia teaches sound and music at CIIS in SF, CA, has a long history with the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA and created The Vox Mundi Project.  - more in Saunters


6-06-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-07-22,23 - Couples don't need to use same name, just need permission from Suzuki or Katagiri to live together. $5,000 for building improvements City Center. New days they allocate 20 or 30 times that much for a study. Dan Welch to be next board meeting chair. [These days Dan is back in Santa Fe planning on opening a small independent zendo].


Met Damien Douxchamps at the zazenkai (zazen gathering) at nearby Shisendo last Sunday morning. - more in Saunters


6-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-30, Joshu's Large Radishes is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 6.


Here's the best link for Jonathan Watts. It's the home page of the bereavement link posted before. The Wikipedia link posted a few days ago was for another person of the same name. Apologies.

Two books by Jonathan Watts

This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11 Japan

Amazon link to This Precious Life

Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age - by Jonathan Watts and David Loy

Lotus in the Nuclear Sea - Kyoto Journal article by Watts

 posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


6-04-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 5 - 1983


With friend Kyoko Maeda, Katrinka and I hiked up Daimonji yesterday, the big kanji "dai (freat)" on the eastern mountainside way up overlooking Kyoto.

Here's a good page for it with photos in Open Kyoto

- posted in Saunters


We can look at time as space being constantly born. - Kabumpkan


6-03-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-25 is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 5.


Women with umbrellas for the sun which is getting hotter every day - and other comments posted in Saunters.

Included is this Kukai statement about suffering picked up at Toji in Kyoto.


Jonathan Watts has worked with shut-ins and suicide prevention in Japan. Check out this link on that.

He says he suggested to Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer for the New Yorker, that she write about Ittetsu Nemoto's work with Japanese shut-ins.

- posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


6-02-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XVII  - 2012  - Zen Center 50, Fifty Years of Wisdom and Compassion

That's the last one - each Wind Bell has been featured here in What's New. Also - now all of the hundreds of PDFs posted here on cuke since last summer, the 2013 Scans, have been optimized for size so they'll load quicker and with OCR for searching. - thanks Peter Ford


Nitsa Marandonatou's nature photography website - Nitsa did the Betty Warren book posted on cuke a few days ago. Betty Warren cuke page


Let our return flight to America go unused today.

Noh theater outdoors among the stately roofs at the Heian Shrine arrived 4:30pm, started an hour later. As it got dark, the fire ceremony. Four plays - first two slow, long, minimal, eerie. Third one more for common people it seemed - like a comedy, lots of talking. Fourth one great costumes. Out at nine.

Takigi Noh - shows great costumes - page for show we saw

Noh on Kyoto City Web

Takigi O-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance) - on Japan Official Guide

- posted in Saunters


Mentioned when we first got here had dinner with Jonathan Watts in Kamakura.

Video interview on Tricycle

posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events - more later.


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