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July


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 - 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.  Itll be out October 14th from Counterpoint Press. Go to www.dennismcnally.com.  Its 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 ones 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 isnt 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.


6-01-14 - 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-20 is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 3.


Had a great visit with CEO Toru Shimakage and his chief editor Eisaku Kawashima at Samgha Publishing (Japanese site) in Tokyo yesterday. - more in Saunters


May


5-31-14 - Koyasan mascot like something out of Peanuts everywhere as little statues and on posters and billboards. - more in Saunters

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

70-05-20,21 - Ralph Silver and crew go to Tassajara to film segment for film, Sunseed (now on shunryusuzuki.com in film section). Rohmer's film didn't happen. Wonder if they have any footage? Beck's cabin didn't happen. Don't think Santa Barbara house happened. Dana Fraser didn't go to Tassajara to translate for Tatsugami. Other little stuff did happen.


5-29 and 30-14 - I'm so happy to present Catherine E. "Betty" Warren - Nitsa Marandonatou's wonderful Book on Betty Warren with many photos - feel free to download. It is not available via regular sources. Each copy cost Nitsa over $125.  - thanks to Peter Ford for making it websize

Betty Warren cuke page


Kelly Chadwick's photo of Andrew Atkeison's iron face sculpture that we had in John Tarrant's field marking boxer Lola's grave. When Kelly trimmed some trees there last fall, I asked him to take it home to Spokane with him. Thanks Andrew.


Loading late again today. Almost time to upload tomorrow's so let's let it count for both cause pretty busy these days. Today's the third and last day in Koyasan, tomorrow early go to Tokyo to meet the CEO of Samgha, publisher of the new translation of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Zen Is Right Here (Zen Wa Ima Koko). Zip there on the Shinkansen - over 500 kilometers in a little over two hours. More on Koyasan.  - more in Saunters


5-28-14 - Loading late in the US day. Tomorrow's late too but hopefully not this late.


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 the lectures on shunryusuzuki.com. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-19 is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 2.


Made some corrections to the Philip Whalen interview thanks to a note sent by David Schneider that is now tacked to the end of the interview. Don't know quite how long ago the note was sent. If I don't do something right away it can get lost in a sea of notes, emails, and thoughts. Thanks David. - dc


Katrinka and I are in Koyasan (search Internet for images).  - more in Saunters


5-27-14 - Interview with Daigan David Lueck


Letter on a visit with Shodo Harada Roshi to Sendai soon after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Domyo, a French monk from Sogenji temple in Okayama Japan March 28 April 5, 2011. The third of three letters. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Had a fascinating evening with Ian Shortreed. Check out his website, Kyoto Gardens. Twenty-three years ago he gave me a CD Rom that is now this web site. As we walked by the Gosho, the Imperial Palace ground, he said that the vast public park in there is the best garden in Kyoto and always open. - posted in Saunters


5-26-14 - RIP Kendrick Rand, husband of Annie, ex of Yvonne, father to Hillary and Chris with Yvonne and Carlyle with Annie. Condolences to all of you. Katrinka and I called yesterday to send our love. She worked for him at his restaurant, the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach which he sold some years ago. I enjoyed stopping off there for a chat with him on my way back to Bolinas three decades ago. He was fire chief there for years. Before that he was manager of the Mingeiya on Union Street in San Francisco and before that the MDR, Minimum Daily Requirement in North Beach. I can remember Chris bussing tables there in the sixties. Katrinka was in the parade in Stinson on Kendrick Rand day. Read about it and more here. Here's a film called Kendrick Rand Day 2001.


NYT interview with Tom Robbins - thanks Tom Silk


Eiheiji 2nd day - in Saunters


5-25-14 - 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. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-14 & 15, Ummon Zenji is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 1.


Eiheiji 2nd day. Tomorrow. And more.


TSA site with stuff found.


5-24-14 - S E N D A I  R E P O R T on a visit with Shodo Harada Roshi soon after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Ekei Zenji, a German monk from Sogenji temple in Okayama Japan March 28 April 1, 2011.  ( One more letter from Myo, another disciple who accompanied Harada Roshi, will follow) - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


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

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 4 - 1983

Reminder: These newsletters now not only broken down into individual issues but optimized for size with OCR (optical character recognition) thanks to Peter Ford who is also processing all cuke PDFs this way. Folders A and B in 2013 Scans are completed and now will load much faster and, where applicable, will respond to text searches web-wide and with the cuke site search from the site search box near the top of the What's New and Home pages. We're approaching the end of uploading the PDFs onto cuke. The next step with these PDFs will be to complete organizing them into more logical categories.


Eiheiji 2nd day coming up tomorrow I hope. - dc


5-23-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

Religious Activity  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 13.


Eiheiji report first day.


5-22-14 - Nothing for this day. We were at Eiheiji. - dc


5-21-14 - Letter From SHODO HARADA ROSHI ABOUT HIS VISIT TO SENDAI - written recently after the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Two more letters from disciples who accompanied him will follow. - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

Shodo Harada cuke page


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

Not a Wind Bell, but the Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book - low def for quicker loading - photos lower quality. - thanks Peter Ford

Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book - high def


Off with Katrinka to Fukui Ken tomorrow then to Eiheiji for a night, Eternal Peace Temple - one of the two main training temples of the Soto sect where Shunryu Suzuki practiced after college and where some of his early students went like Jean Ross, Grahame Petchey, and Philip Wilson. Not bringing my Zenbook so no post tomorrow. Hoitsu Suzuki arranged it. We are to be Sanrosha.

Here's the Sanrosha Guidelines PDF

Here's the Sanrosha permission

A little intimidating. Was there in 91 with Katagiri's widow, Tomoe. We were special guests. I called it jidai geki (period theater). It's like going back in time. We'll see how it is this time. Pray for us. - DC

Wikpedia Eiheiji page

Here are some photos or just do a Google photo search for Eiheiji

posted in Saunters


5-20-14 - Meanwhile back at Sonoma County, CA, thanks to Andrew Atkeison for helping Tozen Akiyama with computer stuff and going over some pages Tozen has written that we're looking forward to seeing. Added some links to Tozen's cuke page. He's one of a handful of Soto Zen priests who came to the West and started centers.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

The 11th lecture (notes) Blue Cliff Records-6, Ummon's Every Day Is A Good Day  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 12.

There is now a new index page for these lecture files with links to the lectures (or notes from lectures as in these early ones) as text files presented on shunryusuzuki.com. - thanks Peter Ford


Privacy - Terms and Conditions my Apply

How Snowden's Revelations Have Strengthened the NSA

DC opinion - in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


On signing. When Katrinka and I were walking in Arashiyama the other day,  - more in Saunters


5-19-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

The Way of Eiheiji - booklet to accompany the recordings done by Elsie Mitchell in 1959. Way of Eiheiji cuke page (with old scans)

Elsie Mitchell main page 


Deep Kyoto - much here on our current place to be.
Read about Deep Kyoto Walks.
Call for submissions for Kyoto Journals issue 82 on food  - When I told John Einarsen that KJ should do an article on Tom Kirchner, he thought maybe in the upcoming food issue featuring Tom's gardening (see last two days' posts in Saunters).

The photographs of John Einarsen

The photographs of Stewart Wachs

Have photos with and of the later two from dinner the other night. And incriminating evidence. . - posted in Saunters


Linked to the Sasaki Archives where, I just learned, they excerpted from and linked to my piece on Joshu Sasaki entered last August.


Ralph Nader on C-Span - loved it - DC - thanks Matthew Zawisky - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


It is so weird to receive so many emails offering me fortunes, more this year than ever before. -  more in dc misc4


5-18-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-04-4,5 - Donnie Crockin (Don Deangelo) bread shop out of City Center. Ed Brown's cook book - Tass. Bread Book? discussion - if he latter, don't have the Shambhala contract yet but it came out that year. Room and board for City Center $90 a month, dorm charge $2.50 a night.


More on Tom Kirchner and bummed out. - in Saunters


Putting this in the Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind section:

The old 1979 Japanese translation called Shoshin-Zenshin [Beginner's Mind-Zen Mind] (which never heard anything good about) published by Hakuba Shobo

The new 2012 Japanese translation called Zen Maindo Biginaazu Maindo (Japanized English title). This is published by Sangha which also published Zen Is Right Here in March of this year. This is an Amazon link and ZIRH Japanese version, Zen wa Ima Koko is one of the suggested other books listed with cover. Here's that Amazon link.


5-17-14 - Visiting Tom Kirchner (a Saunters post) More soon I hope about this, the Arayshiyama area of Kyoto, and an evening with John Einarsen and Stewart Wachs of the Kyoto Journal.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

The 10th lecture (notes) 62-11-Sun-Faced-Buddhas-Moon-Faced-Buddhas  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 11.


5-16-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 3 - 1983


I've always bragged about how Japan vending machines and busses give change and now I'm starting to experience buses that don't give change. - that announce it on the readout up front that says what bus stop is next. It seems like I happen to be here when they're going through a transition because I'm experiencing it more and more. Tonight coming home from a great dinner more on that later the bus screen up front said no change and then the lady up front put a bill in and got change and paid with it. That was weird. Maybe they're going to take the change machine out next and until then they'll give change. Always so many things to figure out. - posted in Saunters


5-15-14 - The Record of Linji

by Thomas Yuho Kirchner (Editor), Ruth Fuller Sasaki (Translator)

amazon link

Books by Thomas Kirchner

Books by Ruth Fuller Sasaki

Read the dust jacket to know more about this book

A 2008 article on Tom Kirchner completing this unfinished work by Ruth Fuller Sasaki and getting it published

Tom Kirchner is one of the people interviewed in Zen and War. He lives in Kyoto and is a staff researcher at the Rinazi sect's Hanazono University.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

The 9th lecture (notes) 62-10-Bodhidharma-Zen  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 10.


Barbara Wenger's Community Grows celebrates 20 years in the SFZC City Center neighborhood and beyond. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Site Presents Renewed Threat - thanks Taigen

 

- also posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Our practice - or some of it. in Saunters.


5-14-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XVI       -   2007

All the Wind Bells files are of optimized size for easy loading - 1/4 the size that they were. - thanks Peter Ford


When we rode the local train to Nara from Kyoto yesterday, I looked down on all the tracks and train cars sitting on side tracks, spare parts, lots of heavy iron.  - more in Saunters


Meditations from the Slow Lane

Personal writings from a life explored through Buddha Dharma and poetry.

by Jerry Bolick

 

Much Jerry Bolick on cuke - try the site search box above.


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

 - End Matter -

Notes on the Text and Pronunciation
Acknowledgments
Sources
Bibliography
Glossary

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right

This concludes posting the entire book, Crooked Cucumber. The text needs to be cleaned up - there are many breaks where words were divided where they need to be reconnected for instance.


5-13-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 8th lecture (notes) 62-09-To-Tame-Tiger  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 9.


Today Nara - Kofukuji with the towering pagoda, hondo covered for restoration till Heisei 30 (2018), National Museum where drunk on statues, Todaiji first blown back by sight of the huge hall, reputedly the largest wooden structure in the world, housing the Dai Butsu with accompanying Kannons and guardians impressively large as well. A giant 1000 year old cypress at Kasuga shrine. Walk walk walk.

Returned to Tuesday night samba jam at local dive - dreamy, rhythmic Latin hours rolled by.  - posted in Saunters


5-12-14 - HOW THOREAU'S WALDEN POND MIXED WITH THE GANGES AND YOGA CAME TO AMERICA WITH SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. - Reflections on Water by Peter Malakoff - available as an eBook from iTunes at that link.

YouTube video on the book

Peter Malakoff's blog with a bit on walking into Tassajara posted the other day.

posted in Others


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

ZC history items from Wind Bells

Draft page for Wind Bell with ZC history info - for WB Vol.XX-2, fall 1986

Group A - Added two page scan to Diamond Sangha newsletter 1970 review of ZMBM - July-Dec., New Series, Vol.1 - Nos. 4-6. Still last page of review, p.4, missing.

CC (Crooked Cucumber) group - Tarrant County, TX, Bestseller list 4-18-99


Smells not so pleasant come up through the drains in our Kyoto apartment so we keep them plugged when not in use. Wonder if this means they don't have U-shaped drain pipe. Sometimes the toilet room smells like tobacco smoke surely coming from the room below. Can slide a fusuma door to block off the bath, sink, and toilet roomettes. The bathroom though has a great tub. I never want to live without one. And I'd rather not live without a toilet with a sprayer for ones bottom. - posted in Saunters


Surely the last comment on Tyson's Inexplicable Universe. Why this mixing of spiritual stuff with science seems off limits? - more in dc misc4


Debunking a global warming skeptic in a way that probably does not satisfy global warming skeptics. - posted in Climate Change


5-11-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 7th lecture (notes) 62-08-On-Obon  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 8.


Kyoto Journal - Perspectives on Asia - the state of the art - read it, subscribe. Read about it. Promoted by cuke since before we were born.

Walked here yesterday and here's the Google image results of "walk to Kiyomisudera". - posted in Saunters


Another way of looking at climate change and suggesting other threats loom greater. - thanks Andrew M. - posting in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Climate Change


Congratulations to Kelly Chadwick on becoming an ISA certified, a Certified Arborist, an international certification. When in Spokane, get your tree work done by Spirit Pruners.

Congratulations to Clay Chadwick on completing court mandated volunteer hours.


More mere speculation on Inexplicable Universe. Tyson mentions human and chimp only 1% DNA difference and yet their smartest are about at our toddler level. - more in dc misc4


5-10-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-02-16 - Statements by Sotan Tatsugami and Shunryu Suzuki on establishing Buddhism in the West.


Katrinka just commented on how surprising it was to see how quickly the monks and students at Sogenji did things.  - more in Saunters


More Inexplicable Universe. Love the way Tyson is into what physicists don't understand and how great what they don't understand is. His approach is scientifically humble.  - more in dc misc4


5-09-14 - End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists - pointing to enourmous suffering it causes, urge harm reduction. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 6th lecture (notes) 62-07-On-Zazen_Shinsanshiki-Ceremony  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 7.


Heard drums and voices chanting on the street on Monday. It was a neighborhood matsuri, fesitval.  - more in Saunters


Here more thoughts on the why just one beginning of life riff from yesterday. - more in dc misc4

Spent two days just fixing link on this site. Now for some other housekeeping - backups and more too tedious to mention. - dc


5-08-14 - A page of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture edit draft for 1967-01-12. We're trying to determine whose hand the edit marks are in, probably either Trudy Dixon or Marian Derby. - more in lectures


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

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 2 - 1983


Teresa Koboyashi mentioned in several recent posts has some art on the Celeste Prize site. - posted in Saunters


Due to the wonders of Hide My Ass, have been able to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson's Inexplicable Universe from Japan. Love this science stuff though most of it I can't really comprehend. Had some thoughts. - more in dc misc 4


5-07-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 5th lecture (notes) 62-06-What-Is-Law is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 6.


Just saw an impressive documentary on urushi, Japanese lacquer, on Core Kyoto, a production of NHK - it's the one named Kyo-shikki. It got well into varieties and details of the art and craft of ancient and current masters. Katrinka's ikebana teacher, Yasuko Nishimura gave her the DVD. She's in it talking about why she uses shikki, lacquer ware to serve meals to her family.  - more in Saunters


Got an answer from a member of Bozeman Dharma Center concerning looking for Buddhist's in Missoula. It's under the guidance of Anam Thubten whom Katrinka and I went to hear talk several times before leaving the Bay Area. He would be one of the best reasons to return. - dc


balloons5-06-14 - Mitsu Suzuki turned 100 this April 26th and forgot to post a happy birthday greeting to her here. Maybe forgot because had posted about her and that upcoming event earlier in the month when Katrinka and I visited with her. So today went back and put that happy birthday greeting in on 4-26-14. Also added this greeting to the Mitsu Suzuki page. In this way the past changes.

Was reminded of this because Layal Bockhorst Smith  mentioned it in an email. Layla has a sitting group in Corte Madera, CA, Mountain Root Sangha - and in Montana. Montana Zen Meditation Center.

Any Buddhist or Buddhist fellow traveler in Missoula out there? Please contact us.

You might not notice this link on the Mountain Root Sangha page to mountains walking.

Layla Smith (Bockhorst) page


In response to a letter complaining that the SFZC charges for zazen, let me assure you that it does not. Maybe they have a sign that suggests a donation but anyone can sit zazen at the SF Zen Center or any of its affiliates or any Zen Center or other Buddhist center that I know of for free. Checked with the treasurer and the secretary to make sure. - dc

Jordan Thorn assured me that zazen in the three centers was free and added:

If we have an all day sitting or a workshop that includes meals, there can be a fee. But even then anyone can come into the zendo and sit zazen, for free. I'm the treasurer, and I know what I say is the way things are.


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

Vol. XV-1      -   2006

All the Wind Bells files are of optimized size for easy loading - 1/4 the size that they were. - thanks Peter Ford


Visited with sculptor Yoshitada Ihara and wife Maki on the way home from Okayama and they sent these photos.


Stephen Hawking on great boon and dire threat from AI - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Epilogue

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


5-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 4th lecture (notes) 62-05-Buddha-Story is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 5.

These Shunryu Suzuki lecture PDFs from the Wind Bells and now All the Wind Bells are files of optimized size for easy loading - 1/4 the size that they were. - thanks Peter Ford


Back in Kyoto from Okayama. Thanks to Harada Shodo Roshi and Chi-san and the monks and students at Sogenji for being there and being such inspiring and gracious hosts. - and more in Saunters


Another Creation Myth - Dreamed I went to a meeting of a group that says that our reality was created by a Japanese amateur scientist, Hitoshi Nakaguma, six years ago. All our memories and history and the whole universe that we know came with it. I asked how did he create it if it wasn't here for him to be in to create it. Where would his desk and laboratory go and so forth? I learned that he exists in another reality and that his desk and laboratory was there though he does have that here too. He's the only one in both realities. I asked if they worshiped him and was told, no, it's just good to know where we came from. - posting this in dc misc 4


5-04-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 1 - 1983


Global cooling scheme increases dangerous seafood toxin that destroys kidney function. - thanks Andrew M who writes "This is what the Hopis call the Crooked Path, wherein every "solution" proposed by human cleverness merely creates new problems. According to the Hopi Prophecy, we are headed for a great Purification (Hopi: Powateoni), and in fact I believe we are already well into it:" - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Relatively, what we've all got in common is we're born and we die. Everything in between varies. - Kabumpkan


Had a great time yesterday at Teresa and Hiroshi's cafe in Ushimado named Tereya Cafe - more in Saunters


5-03-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 3rd lecture  (notes) 62-04-Square-Zen is from 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 4.


On April 12th early that morning Huston Smith fell and lost consciousness. Throughout the next week his health continued to deteriorate and the Dalia Lama sent an emissary to read the Tibetan Book of the Dead at his bedside. However, after a couple of days Huston regained consciousness, gradually began to eat and drink a little, and is now much improved in mind, body and spirit. Although his hearing has greatly deteriorated, Huston has regained both his wit and wisdom. He has confined himself to bed and tires very quickly. - from an email received by DC


Peter Malakoff responds to DC comments on the 4-30-14 post on his memories of walking into Tassajara and meeting with Shunryu Suzuki.


I was wrong. They've been chanting the Heart Sutra in English here at Sogenji in Okayama, Japan, since before when I arrived in 1988.    - posted in Saunters, adding to yesterday's post on Sogenji. More tomorrow.


5-02-14 - Morning service at Sogenji starts at 4am. About 40 of us from all over the world. Shodo Harada Roshi entered wearing only black robes and sat facing the altar. Students and monks seated on both sides facing each other. No bowing before chanting, only three at the end. Service went on for an hour. First came the Heart Sutra in English - the version Peter Schneider created for Tassajara I think. I don't think I've ever heard English chanted in Japan before - or heard of it being chanted in Japan. The rest was in the old Sino Japanese - strong, fast, Harada's voice low, gravely, with frequent vigorously punched syllables adding a fierce rhythm. Impressive.   - posted in Saunters, adding to yesterday's post on Sogenji. More tomorrow.


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

70-02-15- Yoshida Roshi (not Yoshida) coming - female priest from Japan who taught us how to sew okesa and rakusu, the vestments signifying ordination.  She had studied with Hashimoto who Katagiri studied with. It was that lineage, not Suzuki's that this sewing came from.


5-01-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 2nd lecture  (notes) 62-03-What-Is-Zen is from 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 3.


Off to Okayama to stay at Sogenji which Elin and I lived next door to for three and a half years. Looking forward to seeing Shodo Harada Roshi, Priscilla, the monks and students, and old friend artist Teresa.

Here's a link to a page with a bit on Sogenji

  - posted in Saunters


Others - various contributions by others - as of 12/07

Was showing someone some of the places to go on cuke and realized that this section like so much that is here would be vary hard for someone to know it is there. Added it to Places to Go. This site really lacks good organization. It's a big mess. - feel free to make a better map. - dc posting this in dc misc 4


April


4-30-14 -  A memory of hiking into Tassajara and meeting Shunryu Suzuki from Peter Malakoff's blog which contains more about hiking in the wilderness around. Tassajara and a lot more than that. - thanks to Marilyn Sandperl


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Outline of Shunryu Suzuki college thesis

Japanese group

Flyer from Shoganji, the temple where Shunryu Suzuki was born. Note on it says Butsumon Sogaku died November 22nd, Showa 8 (1933) - a note I took while in the founder's hall with the markers of past priests. Added this date to Suzuki chronology.

Katrinka and I were just there a month ago and have some photos she took to post. - dc


Updated the Suzuki and Suzuki student related post log on the right side of the Shunryu Suzuki Index


Pedestrian safety in Kyoto - Bicycles on the sidewalks - cannot step to the side without looking back. Always should look both ways before crossing a street because there could be a bike though I don't recall seeing that but mainly because one might inadvertently look the wrong direction, the one from home. And always look both ways before entering a sidewalk.  - posted in Saunters


4-29-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication scanned and presented here as PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

All entries for the first few years are based on notes. Recording began midway through 1965.

The first entry  (notes) 62-02-True-Zen, is from 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 2.


It's raining lightly. When it started to rain, Fumi called it potsu-potsu. Found this YouTube explanation of that word.  - posted in Saunters


4-28-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XXXIX-2 - fall 2005


M. Katz comments on yesterday's sesame post. Flash forward to Tass Fall practice period '81. Gomashio is served with every meal. Somewhere in the middle of the practice period, Richard Baker has it taken away. Can't remember exactly why; he may have said a diet dictated by the senses leads to sugar-toasted salt.  Anyway, after a week or two of silent grumpiness, a student turns red and explodes at a general meeting. He explains bitterly that eating potato without salt was the last straw and should not be asked of any human being. It was the closest I saw to a mutiny at Tassajara. Next day, gomashio comes back to stay.

DC comment: I remember this having happened though I wasn't there. It had to do with salt. Dick was anti-salt. He complained about gomashio earlier like when I was director and finally decided to ban gomashio but, like you pointed out, was overruled by popular demand. He was also anti-soap, preferred to wash off without it before entering the hot tubs. But soap was never banned. - posted in ZC Stories, gomashio


The cream puff or whatever it was that Katrinka bought at a local (Kyoto) bakery was so good, that as I was eating it I realized it would soon be gone and experienced the tragedy of loss, like having a loved one die in my arms. Good whole wheat bread as well. Katrinka should make a bunch of mini video shots of some of the places where we get food. Like the place we got most of our dinner tonight - homemade food placed around in serving dishes one chooses from, places in to go containers to get weighed - like Whole Foods but the store about the size of a one car garage.   - posted in Saunters


4-27-14 - DC introduction to the Japanese translation of Zen Is Right Here.


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

Cloud Hidden Friends introductory letter - 1983 (file name misdated 1982)

Sure would like to get the six missing issues. I remember getting an email from someone some years ago saying that the collection of these newsletters in the SFZC library had been thrown out. Maybe I should ask them anyway. And maybe Berkeley ZC has them. Really need to index them so that we could see what's in them. Lot of interesting letters. - dc


Nuts are expensive here except for peanuts, a legume. But sesame seeds are reasonable - tan or black - and there are both types of sesame butter and you can get the seeds roasted and roasted and ground. In the morning I eat a banana with sesame butter and we love gomashio, sesame salt, which I quickly make by combining roasted sesame seeds with the roasted, ground sesame. Excellent on brown rice or vegetables.

Here's a story about the beginnings of using sesame salt at Tassajara.

A brief history of sesame  ---- even more

 - posted in Saunters


balloons4-26-14 - Happy 100th birthday Mitsu Suzuki

 

Mitsu Suzuki page


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

70-01-02 - Suzuki comments on how to use upstairs and downstairs rooms at new building (which is not what happened) and on oryoki (which was not to be used as much as the thought it would be outside of Tassajara). I see my name mentioned about something I don't recall. $50 donations to Peggy (Jiyu) Kennet's group and Blue Mt. Meditation Center (had no idea about this). Super low amounts to charge for coming summer's Tassajara guest season and for people's stipends. Other details.


To yesterday's post Part Two of and Evening with Brian Victoria, today included an addition he sent to the part about Japanese soldiers in Vietnam and Indonesia - a bit of history he calls "a fascinating and little known story, especially in the US."


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Nineteen --  Final Season ---- 1971

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


Picnic with Fumi mother and Maki sister of woman who's apartment we're renting and a few of the latter's nice young female friends - on the banks of the Kamo River off Marutamachi in Kyoto on a sunny Saturday. Walk from Sanjo station to there and there to home about eight kilometers. So many neat little places on the side streets. One tiny store featured posters with Zappa, Beefheart, and Subgenious. Saw old building being demolished. - posted in Saunters


4-25-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Sokoji, Soto Zen Mission items from San Francisco Public Library archives

 

Sokoji page

 


 

On Watching the film Zen and War - an evening with Brian Victoria Part Two


Believe me, there is no goal, nor a way to reach it. You are the way and the goal, there is nothing else to reach except yourself. All you need is to understand, and understanding is the flowering of the mind. The tree is perennial, but the flowering and the fruit-bearing come in season. The seasons change, but not the tree. You are the tree. You have grown numberless branches and leaves in the past, and you may grow them also in the future - yet you remain. Not what was, or shall be, must you know, but what is. Yours is the desire that creates the universe. Know the world as your own creation and be free.  Nisargadatta - thanks Andrew Main


4-24-14 - SUZUKI ROSHI WRITES ON THE PRACTICE PERIOD

Wind Bell Vol. VI Nos. 2-4, P.4-6

This is a piece found in a Wind Bell a couple of years ago that wasn't in the archive. But I mistakenly only got the first paragraph then (which was transcribed by old SFZC Zennie Edgar Arnold in Munich). Here's the rest of it did this morning. It will be entered into the archive at shunryusuzuki.com soon as 67-08-00WB-A.- dc


Quote attributed to the Dalai Lama on Facebook and elsewhere obviously not from him.

Here's one discussion of it with the quote.

He'd never say something so complicated, slick, and organized. Why would someone do this, put his name on this? This isn't this first time this has been done with other quotes too - and other people. It's fairly rampant.

Just looked at a Dalai Lama Quotes page on Facebook to which I posted:

Some of these quotes are surely not the Dalai Lama. Is anyone fact checking these? I think this page should be called Quotes with the Dalai Lama's Name Put Under Them.

posted in dc misc 4


Hiroshima Peace Media Center article on Aimee Tsujimoto, journalist whose mother experienced the atomic bombing, conveys the dangers of radiation. Aimee is the partner of Brian Victoria. - posting on Recent evening with Aimee and Brian and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


4-23-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XXXIX-1 - winter, spring 2005


Asteroid impact risks 'underappreciated' - B612 Foundation report. Sending satellite up in four years to better discover and track potential major threats to earth. The fact that this is being done not by governments but by concerned citizens of earth is another example of our species scant, yet mature, ability to confront major dangers that aren't part of our immediate game. The B612 Foundation was founded by former Apollo Nine astronaut Russell Schweickart. - posted in Species Threat #2


Here is a recent video on the ongoing tragedy at Fukushima:

It features a powerful interview with the former mayor of Futaba.

Brian Victoria sends. - posting in Brian's cuke page and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


4-22-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 3 - 1983 (Issue 2 is missing)

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page

Breaking these scans down to the individual issues.


Included Brian's corrections and additions to yesterday's evening with Amy (sp) and Brian Victoria.

I remember having a bit of trouble getting aspirin here before. Now there's one choice we've found so far: 30 500 mg tablets for about nine dollars. No cardio aspirin.  - posted in Saunters


4-21-14 - Part One - an evening with Amy (sp) and Brian Victoria. Spent yesterday late afternoon and Evening with Zen at War author Brian Victoria and his partner of twenty-seven years, Aimee who for years has been giving public talks on the imminent threat of radioactivity from Fukushima and other nuclear power plants. Wow. I think I'll write down what I can remember today. In the meantime, check out the Brian Victoria link on cuke. He's controversial - search the web - you won't have time to read it all. - this intro posted in Engaged Buddhism and Saunters


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

69-11-01,2B - Just the prior board meeting notes written up better

69-12 - Only these handwritten notes and doodles.


Didn't put up the happy Easter post till later in the day yesterday. Also forgot to note the 4-20 significance for pot smokers and neo Nazis but we can't keep up with everything.


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Eighteen --  The Driver ---- 1971

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


4-20-14 - Happy Easter which I see as Christian enlightenment day, death of the small self day. - dc

 


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

 

Receipt from Rudy for Bell - We got a lot of statues and stuff from Rudy who was a character - Albert Rudolph on Wikipedia

 

Notes on meaning of Sanpachi Nenju chant at Tassajara done on 3 and 8 days - a ceremony Tatsugami brought, done before 4 and 9 rest days from 1970. Not sure how long it continued.

 


 

Abe must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it's too late - Julian Gresser - thanks John Steiner - posted in Engaged Buddhism


 

Adultary site big in Japan - thanks Gregory (Not that it has anything to do with our being here) -   - posted in Saunters

 


4-19-14 - John Tarrant article, The World Catches Us Every Time in Shambhala Sun. PDF with magazine cover.

John adds: My name is on the cover and the cover text says the problem with distraction is that it stops you from getting enlightened. Fortunately my piece has nothing to do with that:-) - posted in others contribute


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

All of the early one page and few page Wind Bells are now posted separately. Vol. I, 1961 - 62 had 13 issues, Volume II, 1963 had 8, and Volume III, 1964 had eight. - thanks to Peter Ford


Updated the John Steiner interview with some links to noble activities he's been involved with. He's been an engaged Buddhist from before he was a Buddhist and since. - posted also in Engaged Buddhism


balloonsHappy birthday, Clay Chadwick - 23, born in Okayama, Japan on this day.

 

 


Japanese tooth picks, at least the ones I've used, are the good design with a sharp end and a handle end, but are soft wood like in the US and don't hold the point well unlike the excellent hardwood toothpicks in Bali and I think in Thailand they were hard too but will have to double-check.  - posted in Saunters


4-18-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 1 - 1983

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page

Breaking these scans down to the individual issues.


Elizabeth Sawyer interviewed about Alan Chadwick - There's a lot of Alan Chadwick on cuke. Need to do a page for him. Later. Too tired. Do a site search from up above or on the home page. - dc


Visited with Jim Morton today. He was a Shunryu Suzuki student who went to Japan in 72. He's a calligrapher, artists, and sculptor. He's doing well.

Interview with Jim Morton from September 2012.

He lives near Sanjusangendo which we visited first. Do an image search on it.

  - posted in Saunters


James Lovelock on Environmentalism has becom a religion

Wikipedia Lovelock

      posted in Climate Change


4-17-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC - Volume XXXVIII-2 - summer, fall 2004


Rankin & Dub Ainu Band "You can't see it, and you can't smell it either"

This is a Japanese song with subtitles about radiation inspired by the disaster at the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. Ainu are descended from the aboriginal people of Japan. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


We're in an Air BnB rented apartment in Kyoto for two months. Here's the link to our particular place. Before Air BnB I don't know how this would have been possible. Japanese people are extremely helpful but Japan makes everything difficult and expensive, especially for foreigners, and Air BnB cut through all of that.  - posted in Saunters


At first we do meditation. Then we undo meditation. - Kabumpkan


4-16-14 - Miriam Bobkoff's blog of years is coming to and end.

Here's the home page.

Letter from Miriam about going to Sokoji in 1965.

For more on Miriam on cuke, put her name in the site search box above.


Adding to yesterday's post about Issho Fujita. The books he has translated are

Zen Keys by Thich Naht Hanh
Buddhism without beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
Feeling Buddha by David Brazier
Buddhist Psychology by Caroline Brazier
Emptiness and Brightness by Don Cupitt
Peaceful Action, Open Heart by Thich Naht Hanh

Issho Fujita suggested Crooked Cucumber to the publisher he works with but was told it's too long. A number of people have tried and failed to get it published. Fujita pointed out that Hoitsu Suzuki said it had been translated. I said yes, by an old student of Suzuki's who'd been asked by the family not to publish it after everyone who looked at the translation including Kaz Tanahashi and translator Shin Yoshifuku said it was not anywhere near publishable quality. It was useful for the family though who were grateful to be able to read it in that translation.

Created a cuke page for Issho Fujita


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

69-11-01 - Long meeting, long notes. Lots of talk about SFZC students giving talks outside, bringing in more Japanese priests, outside lecturers and teachers, inviting Katagiri to stay. Marian Derby and Dick Baker talk about publishing (Zen Mind) Beginner's Mind book showing no disagreement, getting close to decision. Baker is in the states for a brief time from Japan where he was living. ZMBM published the following spring. Here's that discussion extracted to put in ZMBM section. Much more. Lots from Baker. Suzuki here and there. Getting ready to move into the Page Street building.


More James Lovelock on humans being too stupid to prevent climate change from the Guardian -   posted in Climate Change


Tom Lehrer, an article on Buzz Feed about the great satirical songwriter from the fifties and sixties. I had the Tom Lehrer Songbook in high school and can sing one of his songs from memory right now. OK. I missed a few words. Looked it up. Redid it. Tune approximately correct. - thanks M Katz

and this is M Katz's favorite and it is good advice for aspiring writers

I Hold Your Hand in Mine by Tom Lehrer sung acappella by DC


We're going soon to the Kyoto International Community House of KCIF, the Kyoto City International Foundation (Kyoto Kokai Koryu Kikan), for Japanese class. Katrinka will join a group class with multiple teachers who can deal with anyone at any level and I will meet with a woman in the coffee shop just to chat and ask questions.  - more in Saunters


4-15-14 - Yesterday posted about Zen Is Right Here now available in Japanese. I only learned about this because Issho Fujita got hold of me a few months ago with some questions concerning the translation. I thought he was the translator but he wrote me that the translator is "Toru Shimakage, the president of Sangha, a Buddhist publishing company, maybe the most active in publishing books on Buddhism in Japan now. I just did proof reading and editing. And I wrote a commentary on the significance of Suzuki Roshi in Zen in America." Fujita was the teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in MA for 17.5 years. He is now working at Soto Zen International Center located at Sokoji in San Francisco as Director, a position that requires him to travel a lot. He's in Buenas Aires today. He spends part time with his family in Hayama Japan near Kamakura in a beautiful estate with a zendo and traditional buildings in a natural setting bordered by a stream. He's done a lot of translating too. - dc

SFZC page for Issho Fujita

Here's a two year old article on Issho Fujita from the Japan Times.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Program notes for Stephan Truelove's CD Music Memoriam for Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi

Rosa Gustaitus LA Times West Magazine March 9, 1969 article on Tassajara


The Dharma Teachers International Collaborative on Climate Change  - posted in Climate Change


There is so much more recycling now in Japan than when I was here over twenty years ago when there was no official recycling that I can remember and shocking waste. I've got to take the trash in a designated bag out to the designated spot across the street now. That's done Tuesday and Friday mornings. Can't put it out at night. Isn't much and I bet we can figure out how to reduce it more because there are official and private recycling, more than in the US. - more in Saunters


4-14-14 - Zen Is Right Here is now available in Japanese as Zen wa Ima Koko.

The whole name, with subtitle, in Japanese appears to be long like the American version. (Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind")

zen wa ima koko senkiyuuhiyakurokujiyuunendai amerika ni zen o hirometa suzuki shiyunriyuu no oshie to itsuwa (some weird romanization there maybe from translation software for web)

That translates as the Zen (is) Now Here: teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (who) spread Zen in Sixties America anecdotes

Here's a link to a page for the book on Yes Asia.

Zen Is Right Here page on cuke.


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

Universal Life Friends issue 5 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page

Breaking these scans down to the individual issues.


Michael Shuman's Commentary on Community Economics  caught my attention. Especially found this interesting: My Nominee for the Next Nobel Prize in Economics - DC - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


We got plenty of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Kamakura, and Gifu, but were warned that they'd be gone when we got to Kyoto. First day in Kyoto we walked in Cherry blossom snow down the Tetsugaku no Michi, the Philosopher's Path. But yesterday there were still trees at the Imperial Palace and elsewhere whose blooms hadn't fallen. Weather is mild. We arrived at the perfect time.   - posted in Saunters


Cool - today is 41414.


4-13-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXVII-1 - 2003


We should give up trying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock.  - posted in Climate Change


Happened to learn about and get into the Kyoto Imperial Palace on the last of five open to the public free days. Never been there. There's so much to see here could take Katrinka for two months only to places I've never been.   - posted in Saunters


4-12-14 - David Loy and John Tarrant will be at the Rockridge Meditation Community in Oakland, CA, Monday night. The Rockridge teacher is David Weinstein.

View more on this event here.

John Tarrant is the head teacher of the Pacific Zen Institute in Santa Rosa, CA.

David Loy website


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

69-09-09 - Nice and short. Nothing special.


A bus to nowhere, suggested by M Katz who writes: Heard this on my car radio and thought it the best description of Zen I've ever heard. It's about a 15-minute sound clip.I'm building a bus stop for myself. 


Bought some excellent cue tip type ear swabs in Kamakura, just what I've always wished they were like - fatter at the end and not on a sharp stick that the end comes off of. The rest of Asia so far I've only seen them with tips smaller that the US though those tips don't come off. Most pleased. - posted in Saunters


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Seventeen --  One and Many ---- 1969-1970

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


4-11-14  -  Daya Goldschlag (dc 1st ex) writes about Mitsu Suzuki after reading posts on DC visit with her in Saunters.

 


First night in Kyoto shopped at a large supermarket (don't remember anything that big from before). Then on the way home walked up to an organic vegan restaurant where we at great food and met three cool dudes. - more in Saunters


You may want to join the Years of Living Dangerously watch party for Episode One. It's a Showtime series on climate change. Looks good.  - posted in Climate Change

 


The Grand Rapids Lip-dub Video was filmed May 22,  2011 as an official response to the Newsweek article calling Grand Rapids a dying city.' 

 


4-10-14 - Heirs To Ambedkar: The Rebirth of Engaged Buddhism in India - Alan Senauke's new book. More about it.  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

Alan Senauke cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Nona Ransom notes (some in her hand) - Nona Ransom cuke page

Notes on Richard Baker, Shunryu Suzuki, Ananda Claude Dalenberg


Japan update - Arrived her with Katrinka April 2nd late.   - more in Saunters


4-09-14 - Call climate change what it is: violence - thanks Taigen Dan Leighton (Rebecca is a Zenni)  - posted in Climate Change


Wrote a note to Kelly about his painful sting from a stonefish in 1988 in Japan.   - more in Saunters


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

Universal Life Friends issue 4 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


4-08-14 - Shunryu Suzuki's widow, Mitsu Suzuki, showed me how she could see Mt. Fuji, Fuji San, from her window.  - more in Saunters

Mitsu Suzuki page


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

Universal Life Friends issue 3 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


4-07-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXVI-2 - fall, winter, 2002


Spent the night at Rinsoin, Shunryu Suzuki's home temple, and sat zazen this morning with his son the present abbot, Hoitsu, and Hoitsu's son Shungo, also a priest and next in line, and some men from Yaizu. After breakfast and laundry, Katrinka and I visited with Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, and she gave me a copy of her new collection of haiku, A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer. - Amazon link

SFZC event: A White Tea Bowl: A Book Event Celebrating Mitsu Suzuki Senseis 100th Birthday

Mitsu's 100th birthday is coming up on the 26th of this month and she's doing great, quite energetic, walking well, was quite affectionate, hugging me repeatedly. Most touching.

Hoitsu's wife Chitose drove us to Mitsu's. Also there were Mitsu's daughter Harumi and Hoitsu's sister-in-law, Mitsuyo, who is visiting from San Francisco.

Hoitsu is now the Seido of a practice temple in Okayama where he's leading a one week sesshin this month and going there for a week every month. He'll also spend a week at Eiheiji later this month.

Mitsu Suzuki page --- Hoitsu Suzuki page  - posted in Saunters and Sangha News


Information Clearinghouse - Eric Arnow's favorite news site  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Eric's cuke page


4-06-14 - Peter Matthiessen has died. - thanks Brit Pyland

NY Times

SF Gate

Wikipedia

 

Peter Matthiessens Homegoing - NY Times Magazine - thanks Doug McKechnie

 

Peter and his wife who died soon after, Deborah, were at Tassajara with Suzuki Roshi and the rest of us for a while. He became a priest in Maezumi's White Plum Asanga. I loved his At Play in the Fields of the Lord. He gave 1st wife Daya (Dianne) and me The Tree Where Man Was Born for a wedding present. The cuke bibliography, lists his book, Nine-Headed Dragon River:Zen Journals 1969 - 1982 with the following: "Matthiessen's path includes a bit of Suzuki, more background accounts of Soen Nakagawa, Yasutani, and Eido Shimano Roshis." He was helpful to me over the phone with research on Crooked Cucumber and sent this blurb. He's been a diligent, articulate trooper for harm reduction. - DC


 

Danny Parker Seeks help collecting material for book of Ed Brown's talks and more. Read on and help him.

 


Lots of cherry blossoms. Clear view of snow covered Mt. Fuji snow covered, clear sky. - posted in Saunters


4-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Wesley Williams 1974 letter to the SFZC on Shurnyu Suzuki, having read ZMBM.

1994 anti nuclear power painting by Mayumi Oda, co-founder of Plutonium Free Future with Kazuaki Tanahashi.


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Sixteen --  The City ---- 1968-1969

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


Check out Sudo Yuko dot com, the website for the professional photography of a kind young woman named Yuko helped me find an ATM in Kamamkura where my debit card would work. She saw I was having trouble and went way out of her way for Katrinka and me.  - more in Saunters


4-04-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 2 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


Met with Ursula Okle and Rainer Holdt of Sanbo Zen (formerly Sanbo Kyodan but Kyodan became a bad word because the group that poisoned people on the subways ten years ago were a kyodan which is just a word for group). Walked with them from the Kamakura train station to the beach and then to the zendo where we joined others for the evening sitting. This is the zendo where Yasutani Haku'un and his heir Yamada Koun sat and taught and from which so much Zen in the west has sprung including more than what they include on their website. - dc   - posted in Saunters


4-03-14 -  After posting yesterday's article by Rger Angell in miscellaneous, looked down and was reminded of last year's 10-13 Pseudo Dionysius post and thought it deserved a more prominent place and so, as a small step in the overhaul of this site's presentation and organization, am adding the book to the bibliography and the excerpt to the Excerpts section. This is early Christian Heart Sutra.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXVI-1 - spring, summer, 2002


Landed at Haneda, the old Tokyo airport last night, to learn that one of our three bags didn't make it from Singapore where we'd changed planes. It was Katrinka's. It arrived this morning at the funky hostel type yet clean place where we stayed but we didn't know it because I'd walked out to the big street to meet the delivery van thinking they'd never find the little out of the way place were we were. Meanwhile the delivery vehicle came in behind me. For a while we thought it was lost but found it in the caretaker's office. He didn't know whom it was for. I had to climb in through a window to get it. For about an hour we thought it had been handed to "a foreign woman" who'd run off with it. A nice Indian woman who lives there said oh that's the young long-haired Chinese man who lives in the room marked office. So after an hour of confused drama we made our noon appointment which I'll mention tomorrow. - DC    - posted in Saunters


4-02-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXV-2 - fall, winter, 2001


People in the West frequently mention sex, sex tours, illegal sex, sex biz when they think of Thailand. That only came up a few times obliquely on our three weeks there. - posted in Saunters


THIS OLD MAN - Life in the nineties BY  in the New Yorker. Posted in  miscellaneous.


4-01-14 - There is hope for us all

Sorry to miss another St. Stupid's Day Parade in SF.


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

They're all there now from the Universal Life Friends issue 1 - 1982

to Zen Freethinker Issue 36 - 1991

44 in all from 1982 to 1991 (6 missing)

The middle 32 are named Cloud Hidden Friends

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


We just got a lot of dental work done in Thailand far cheaper than the US. Recommend the Seventh Day Adventist Mission Hospital for that and other medical needs. India was good too and much cheaper. When I write good, I mean excellent - both countries - but not all experiences are as good as ours. My dentist in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu India had digital ex-rays which I'm sorry Mission Hospital doesn't have. Dr. Goffman warned us.   - posted in Saunters



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