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December


12-20-14 - Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem

     By Sekkei Harada

 

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Today's excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture. - The Four Noble Truths in an unusual order.


Once again ---

The Wretched Refuse of Your Teeming Shores

Mountains of Trash Wash Ashore in Kuta in Seasonal Blight on Bali’s Shores

 - thanks Katrinka   - posted in Saunters


12-19-14 - What do you mean by making your best effort on each instant? - Today's excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture.

As for the photo, that's Ryogen Yoshimura, Jean Ross, Shunryu Suzuki, Dan Welch, Peter Schneider at Tassajara around 1970. - SR0112 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Click on thumbnail to enlarge.


Fight for New Indonesia- thanks Brian Victoria   - posted in Saunters


12-18-14 - Shunryu Suzuki's use of the word "should." - with some excerpts from Shunryu Suzuki lectures.

That's Dainin Katagiri in front follow by Shunryu Suzuki and then Togen Sumi I think, bishop of Soto Zen in US (for Japanese Americans) and priest of Zenshuji in LA. Not sure who's next back there - Peter Schneider maybe or Jerome Peterson. But on the left there seems to be a priest in brocade. Could that be Tatsugami? - in the old Tassajara zendo. Some ceremony. SR0086 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Click on thumbnail to enlarge.


Zen Freethinker Issue 34 - 1991

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Back to a Burmese Prison by Choice - to teach meditation - NYTimes - thanks Doug Reville - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


David Padwa on Shunryu Suzuki's funeral.


12-17-14 - Today's excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - Shunryu Suzuki tells a story about Ian Kishizawa, Suzuki's second teacher. This is from the end of a lecture entered into the archive a couple of years ago. Just realized it was a story about Kishizawa while reading through Suzuki transcripts. Transcriber couldn't understand Suzuki saying "Kishizawa" and had written "Komozawa??" and in preparing for the archive I had just looked it over quickly and not realized what was there. - DC


It's Galungan in Bali, a holiday of the victory of dharma over adharma or not-dharma. I hear it as the victory of good over evil. Things are quiet. Stores are closed. Katrinka sent Ketut home to be with his family which he was eager to do, said to skip cleaning etc here today. For more on Galungan go to this page on Wikipedia.

Click on the thumbnail to see the penjor lining a road - and notice that it' a well-maintained road.

 Penjor explained at Indo dot com

  - posted in Saunters


Highly recommend Your Inner Fish, a PBS documentary in three parts - our inner fish, our inner reptile, and our inner monkey. Only part I wanted to add something was when he talked about the weakness of the human spine which evolved from spines that were horizontal. The host goes to a massive human skeleton collection in Cleveland to make his point. I thought that a lot of Cleveland's back problems might come from sitting in chairs and being overweight and wondered how other cultures like natives who can squat all day would compare.  - posted in Misc


David Padwa wrote in response to DC queries about his genealogy and relationship with Richard Baker


12-16-14 - Creating edible yards

Permablitz Bali: Making Circles of Seeds and Friends - article in The Indonesian Expat

 

Permablitz Bali - on Facebook -

 

and a really nice YouTube video on Permablitz Bali - with a few of our friends in there. Good people - orang baik.

 

  - posted in Saunters

 


 

Today's excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - Statement at end of Sesshin

with an important correction to the transcript and a couple of comments from DC.


Excellent site for David Padwa's Incident at Lukla - Hapax Press - adding to his cuke page along with some brief comments from him on his Buddhist history and one from me that he's been an important benefactor to us all.


12-15-14 - More on David Padwa whose novel, Incident at Lukla, was featured yesterday.

His Amazon Bio and curriculum vitae neither of which mention some details that would be interesting to cuke readers. (More to come).

 

and this errata:

Padwa not Padua as I kept writing it. Have fixed a few places on cuke.

In the Acknowledgments under Sources the name of David Padwa was misspelled as David Padua. My apologies. - DC - See End Matter of Crooked Cucumber. - Posted in Errata for Crooked Cucumber.

SFZC Zen in America fundraising brochure for Tassajara which went out early? in 67 and listed previous donors with David Padwa's name spelled Padua. Also in the Fall 67 Wind Bell the same list repeats this error. Too late to fix those.


 

Today's excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture - What does meditate mean?

 


The six Lotus Sutra lectures from February of 1968, sources for yesterday and today's excerpts, were included in the archive by DC in 2012 and only now getting to fixing some glitches in scanning and OCR and a few corrections here and there. Corrected versions should be on shunryusuzuki.com in a while. - DC


Went to a birthday party for a Javanese friend today and after we sang my least favorite song, Happy Birthday to You, learned the beginning of what they sing in Indonesian. Could only remember the first line when I repeated it to Nyoman driver who sang it for me then stopped and said he forgot the rest. Here's a YouTube video of a rather elaborate group karaoke presentation of two Indonesian birthday songs (I found a third elsewhere). The first is the one they sang today - Selamat Ulang tahun - congratulations repeat year - that's the most common happy birthday greeting, the only one I've heard except in those two other songs. - posted in Saunters


12-14-14 - Just learned David Padwa has a novel out - Incident at Lukla.

Here's the Amazon link

Here's the audio book link from Audible - with David Padwa narrating.

More on David Padwa later - maybe tomorrow.

 

 

 

 


 

Today's excerpt from a Shunryu Suzuki lecture. Hint: It's at the point he realizes how much it's boring his audience. Suzuki's lecturing on the Lotus Sutra which he did three times in 68 and 69, a number of lectures each time. A lot of it was him reading from the sutra which was full of hyperbolic description and lists and he's explaining the meaning of terms and names of Buddhas and so forth. It seriously bored almost everyone. In the fall 68 series, I went to him and urged him to stop. Offered alternatives like having us read the sutra in study and then meeting with him to discuss it so he didn't have to slowly read it to us. I was persistent but unsuccessful.


Reader in UK wants to get an eBook of Crooked Cucumber and the the online dealers won't let 'em by it there. Any suggestions? Thanks. - dchad at cuke dot com


Coconut syrup is heavenly like maple syrup. Me must be strong. - posted in Saunters


12-13-14 - Have been looking forward to writing this date. - dc


Was making my usual morning black tea with local fresh ginger and vanilla when I noticed that I'd picked up and started grating something that looked like ginger but wasn't. It was harder. I realized it was nutmeg. Put it back and got the ginger. That little bit of nutmeg added another subtle and pleasant flavor that I've been including since then.

That's vanilla in the photo. We get it without the flower and slice it finely at an angle to open it up to release the flavor.

 - posted in Saunters

 


Some people believe in evil spirits, you know [laughs]. But no evil spirit can exist in the same way forever. They are changing. Whatever existences may be, they are changing. There is nothing that does not change. To believe in some permanent one deity is also based on the idea of existence. That is not spiritual life. It is another form of material life. - Shunryu Suzuki (edited by DC) from 68-01-11B in shunryusuzuki.com - That file name will change to 68-01-11-B. - Suzuki Lecture page on cuke.

Since I'm reading through Suzuki's lectures, thought I'd post quotes here regularly. Will start a page for them tomorrow. - DC


12-12-14 - Andrew Main sent comments on photo posted 12-10-14 below. So now there's a page for it here with his comments. I really must get to work on this sort of thing. - dc -


On medical treatment here in Bali - a warning post on Lonely Planet from four years ago and our experience so far.

Have not gone to see the famous local medicine man in the photo. -dc

 


Shunryu Suzuki said you can't eat and talk at the same time. - more in DC on SR


 

 


12-11-14 - Katherine Cook - Summers by Lake Water


Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book

Hi definition and Low definition

published 1992

These two files are included at the bottom of the new presentation of all the Wind Bells  1961-2012 with links to the Shunryu Suzuki lectures from these Wind Bells.


Tea as good as and in ways better than water says new study - BBC Health - Couldn't count all the times people have told me I had to drink water to hydrate, that tea didn't count. - DC - posted in Misc


Frances Thompson remembered on SFZC's Sangha News

Frances Thompson memorial page


Mailed our War on Xmas presents today to US Xpress with the postage being roughly twice the cost of the presents. Funky little post office with crappy art on walls for sale, map of the world, travel niche in front unmanned with broachers on the floor. A young woman helped me wrap everything or rather I helped her while a guy behind her watched TV the whole time laughing occasionally. Had to date the customs forms 11-12-14 rather than the US and don't know who else method of month-day-year. Ah - what a relief. Katrinka asked me what I'd like for Xmas and I responded as I always would have had I thought of it, "For it to be over."  --- Just kidding darling. - posted in Saunters


12-10-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0172 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Chosen at random. Another from some ceremony at the Japanese Tea Garden it seems. Suzuki on the left and Grahame Petchey behind him to the right. I wonder if we'll get to figuring out whom the others are. Early sixties.


Zen Freethinker Issue 33 - 1991

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends or Zen Freethinker Issue 32 - 1990 or 91 - missing. Since it's in-between those two publications, not sure which name was used or which year. Still wonder if it can be true that the SFZC library collection was thrown away by a librarian unaware of its significance. Got an email saying that a while back. - DC

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

Reading through the verbatim and early transcripts of Shunryu Suzuki lectures (available on shunryusuzuki.com), just passed the quarter mark. Try to do at least 1% of them a day. Reading slowly. Getting to the end of 67.  - more in DC on SR

 


Got a couple of mango juices (manga) for Katrinka and me today to go with the bakso (meat and flour ball soup) at a stall by the beach. That was our lunch. About two dollars each. Didn't have to pay the juice lady because a month ago I'd given her a fifty thousand Rupia bill (about $4) - enough to cover a few drinks. She didn't have change so I said I'd take it in future drinks.  - posted in Saunters and zc stories


12-09-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0172 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Chosen at random. This looks like Suzuki bowing in fancy robes at a ceremony at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Don't know who any of those folks are. I don't think he was wild about doing public ceremonies like that or going to ecumenical meetings, but if the Japanese congregation wasn't urging him to do something then the zazen students would.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2012 Wind Bell volume 42, 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 # 111 of 111 selections

This is the last Wind Bell and the last Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the Wind Bells, the 111th we've presented here on cuke.com one by one. The last Wind Bell was published in 2012, five years after the prior one which was to be the last one. Now one must go online to SFZC.org and get the digitized Sangha E Newsletter. But all those Wind Bells are here, as linked to above, for you to glean through as you wish. Next maybe we should list all of their table of contents in one file, on one page, so you can zip through and see what might be of interest. Wonder if we could make links from the contents. - DC


Chart - Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcript Categories and Info updated again. This time indicating suggested minimally edited versions with this color or a color close to that. There are no links to lectures on this page so you'd have to go to shunryusuzuki.com and search for that lecture and go to the More files to get the minimally edited version. We are working on a more obvious presentation. Someday it will all be smooth as silk - probably just before all digital media is lost in woldwide chaos brought on by the folks who were vying for power and profit. Until then it's digitize and archive like there's no tomorrow! Next chapter - print it all up on acid free paper and carve in stone. - dc - posted in What We're Doing (where is posted less about that than on this page).


Niel deGrass Tyson's Cosmos was wonderful. He's my favorite materialist. He made an excellent pitch on the threat of climate change from the halls of extinction - and that on a show on Fox TV, the home of climate change denial. There were the five great extinctions so far with names above their hallway entrance and then one unnamed. Pointed out the unusual agreement of evidence pouring in from various and legion scientific sources - biological, geological, meteorological, and so forth. He said that his time climate change is clearly caused by people and that not only do we know the cause, we know what to do and have the means to do what's necessary - but we lack the will. He pointed out the seemingly unstoppable march of short term profit. He said he didn't think it could make us go extinct (which some scientists including Hawking would argue with), but do we really want to leave this comfortable zone we've been living in? Too late for that probably. Now it's just how much can we slow it down. Here's an LA Times article on his "powerful scientific case." Check him out on YouTube and the Internet elsewhere. - posted in Climate Change


Got acupuncture and some Chinese Herbs today from an Aussie tennis partner practitioner of Chinese medicine. In addition he grilled me for half an hour on my condition which is like some sort of low level bug tiredness and sporadic coughing for a couple of months. His conclusion from our talk and his observation of me on the tennis court is that I have no structural problem, just functional, no dangerous condition or disease, just a temporarily weakened immune system and a body that's fighting something that uses up a lot of energy. Said I'm basically healthy and will slowly get over it which is what seems to have been happening anyway. But I hope the acupuncture and herbs give a boost as he predicts. Oh yes - He approved of the meditation, yoga, and diet but was concerned when I'd told him I still work for many hours every day, what seems to Katrinka like all the time. Told him I vary postures but at least half is sitting cross-legged. I know the warnings of "the chair kills." He told me to get up from sitting every fifteen minutes or so and stretch and walk around. I think I'll use my phone as a timer to help out with that. - posted in Saunters


12-08-14 - Happy Buddha's Enlightenment Day - in the Japanese tradition anyway.

Who da buddha you da buddha da who da buddha. - Kabumpkan


Interview with Dennis Samson stared in 2002 and finished with him on a two hour plus call yesterday.


Click on image to enlarge a photo of a nice Xmas gift from these parts.

On a boat ride I saw a really huge lizard crawl from under a house and slide into a canal in Bangkok and I was shocked at how big it was. I didn't know such an animal existed.

That photo from this page.    --------------------- more in Saunters


12-07-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2007 Wind Bell volume 41, 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 # 110 of 111 selections


Point Lobos: An Illustrated Walker’s Handbook - with art by Frances Thompson - thanks Steve Tipton

Frances Thompson memorial page

 

 


As a new and impressionable student, in the fall of 1966 I heard Suzuki-roshi give a lecture at Sokoji in which he said that once the eyes of Buddhism are on you, you can't get away from them. This was a talk that struck a strange cord in me since it so perfectly paralleled the school song of the University of Texas, The Eyes of Texas, sung to the tune of I've Been Working on the Railroad.  

- more in DC on SR.


At Warung Annapurna (restaurant) ("pay as you feel") last night showed nurse practitioner Kim my red bump described yesterday and she agreed yes maybe a spider. We got to talking about things that bite etc. Well, she has a house further inland with a yard and more fields around and her main concern is cobras in the garden, on the porch, where the car gets parked, and, yes, in the house.  - more in Saunters


12-06-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0007 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Chosen at random. This is the 1970 lay ordination. Gotta get to naming all these folks in all these photos. Will name one here. That's Carl Bielefeldt on the left with the tie on.


Twelve points on the torture report due to US Congress - from Huff Post - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Shunryu Suzuki is sometimes quoted as saying that Japanese Zen had grown moss on its branches. I heard this quote at an event in 2009 centering on the 50th anniversary of Suzuki's coming to America. The speaker compared that quote using Suzuki's most quoted phrase, beginner's mind, saying that that's what he found here. There were Japanese priests in the audience and I was embarrassed about this comment. - more in DC on SR.


Something bit me on the inside of the left elbow. Got an inch and a half long red bump. Spider I guess. That's what I'd think in the US when some unexplained and larger than usual reddish sometimes itchy bump appeared like in John Tarrants' barn where we lived for nine years - thanks John! Also, Tassajara I bet has more spiders and as many scorpions and Japan surely has more centipedes. We don't have black widows here and I used to find them everywhere I've lived in the US. Flys don't bother me but mosquitoes - I tell them - stay away or risk capital punishment. Katrinka saw a sea snake snorkling the other day - one of the most poisonous animals there is. Didn't scare her. It's almost impossible for them to bite you with their little tiny mouths. - posted in Saunters


12-03-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0007 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Chosen at random.

 

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2006 Wind Bell volume 40, 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 # 109 of 111 selections


Ocean Heat Drives Surge to Global Warming Record - Truthdig from Climate News Network - posted in Climate Change


 

When Shunryu Suzuki arrived at Tassajara - dc - posted in Tassajara Stories


Walking down a dark street toward the beach the other night as it's not much longer to go that way home, ritzy area with high walls on both sides. Katrinka almost tripped on something. Oh - a black snake about two and a half feet long. It was dead. Maybe a car ran over it. Later she looked it up, said it was a non poisonous garden snake. Remember? "If it was a snake it would have bit you!" Well it was a snake and it didn't bite her. So there.  -  dc - posted in Saunters


12-04-14 - Shunryu Suzuki died on this day in 1971 forty-three years ago.

The last chapter of Crooked Cucumber - Ch. 19 - Final Season - in the Notes on Crooked Cucumber section with almost no notes as yet. The whole site is filled with them. Maybe they'll just crawl over there at some point and set themselves in the proper places. - dc


click on thumbnail to enlarge Tassajara photo from Frances Thompson's wall and go here to see the backside with the names.

posting on the Frances Thompson memorial page and on the photo page too

 


Nanao Sakaki and Allen Ginsberg on KGNU Boulder 1982

Part One and Part Two - thanks Howie Klein and John Kinney.


Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels - NY Times.

I'm seeing more and more info that indicates we could stop pumping all that carbon dioxide into the atmosphere if we cared to. I don't want to disappoint or inconvenience all the people making money that way, but maybe we could buy them off and tell them oh come on, we're just trying to keep the biosphere habitable for you and your offspring.   - posted in Climate Change


 

It's been a year in Asia now. Hmm. Wonder how much longer we'll be here. Don't really feel like going anywhere - even around here.  - posted in Saunters

 


12-03-14 - Summer Cattle by Frances Thompson. She wrote:

Near Olema, Marin County, these Black Angus cattle stand in a row under the shade of big live oaks. While I was working, sitting on the pasture grass in the field, a calf sneaked up and ran off with a paint rag.

posting on the Frances Thompson memorial page

thanks Molly

 


 

Brian Howlett artist and Zen guy wrote wonder who makes fat pants which the SFZC's then Karin Gjording's Alaya Stitchery used to make - maybe stopped before Karin got it. I think we were making them before Alaya even. Paul Reps turned us on to them and Richard Baker promoted the idea. The were popular in the early years of his abbotship. Here's how to make them! - posted in zc stories - I know it's not a story but rather than put it in misc thought this was a bit of ZC history I didn't want buried.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2005 Wind Bell volume 39, 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 # 108 of 111 selections


From what I gather reading emails from SF Bay area, they and Sanur have similar weather now - cool and rainy though what's considered cool here and there aren't the same.   - posted in Saunters


12-02-14 -

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Back side o DC lay rakusu with kanji written by Suzuki received at the lay ordination at SFZC, August 25, 1970 for a number of people - like 20 or more. Reading from the right is the robe chant, then the date, gotta ask about the next line, then his name Zenshin Shunryu some title, and mine Kisan Zenyu koji (lay person). Robe chant on this page of short verses from the Austin ZC.

The first lay ordination was 1962 for about 13 students. Suzuki was a little discouraged with the follow-up on ordinations and waited a while to do more. There was a kids lay ordination in the summer of 1970 at Tassajara and this one in August. There was a third in 1971 for a bunch. In time will get these details more nailed down including priest ordinations - mine Nov. 1971. - dc

The Rakusu and the Precepts by Kuden Paul Boyle (from Chaple Hill ZC site) - with a nice photo of him in a similar rakusu - blue - though mine was smaller. People always remark on how small it is. I sewed it and maybe got some help.

 

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posted in Lineage and DC-SR

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 30, 31 - 1990 - thanks Joel Weishaus for scanning and sending this one in

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

A big reason climate change isn’t a priority: The apocalypse

 

I enjoyed reading how the Book of Revelations was a social political treatise on the times it was written, not a prophesy of future events. A lot of early works weren't preserved because so many thought the end was near. Even though the end does look near to me, I preserve anyway. Mentioned recently like St. Francis saying he'd keep hoeing. Another image is the guy who put his car up on blocks and disconnected the battery etc in preparation for his part in human extinction in On the Beach. Just seems like good form. - DC  - posted in Climate Change


 

We both took some worm medicine - two big pills - didn't notice anything - cause nurse practitioner Kim said it's good to do now and then in the tropics and she said worms could be at the bottom of my lingering malaise (which isn't stopping me from working or doing yoga or playing tennis but is sort of like feeling like I just woke up and am not getting out so much except got to now cause Internet is down around here and want to upload so you can read this.  - posted in Saunters

 


 

12-01-14 - Obituary for Francis Thompson from her niece Molly Tenenbaum who also sent this photo and wrote:

This photo was taken on a beautiful sunny day last September, 2014, on a walk at Crissy Field, a park in San Francisco by the bay. You can see she's wearing her binoculars. We had just seen a long-billed curlew, which she was excited about.

 

posting on the Frances Thompson memorial page

 


And just learned that SFZC and then Austin Zen friend Jim Jordan, husband of Barbara Kohn, died on June 5th. He and I also are both alums of Pascal Hi School in Fort Worth, TX. Farewell Jim.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2005 Wind Bell volume 39, 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 # 107 of 111 selections


Obama shops at Independent bookstore on Small Business Saturday.

Indie Store Finder --------------- on Indie Bound dot org

 - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


When we finally get what we've longed for, we enjoy it best if we simultaneously let it go. - Kabumpakan - posted in dc misc 4


There's a restaurant we eat at once a month or so at the beach that hangs Coleman Lanterns on poles stuck in the sand as it's getting dark, the same type that we put out at Tassajara with the same faint odor of kerosene smoke reminding me of why I've lobbied for dim, downward shining electric lights to replace them at Tassajara. - posted in Saunters


November


11-30-14 - RIP Frances Thompson who just passed away. Frances was an early student of Suzuki Roshi, the 2nd tenzo at Tassajara, the illustrator of the first Tassajara Bread Book. She lived many recent years off Panoramic Hgwy above Muir Woods and then moved to SF where she's been some years. More at Frances Thompson Memorial Page.


DC Sandokai Study - PDF posted in Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures - Created this line by line study in the summer of 1970 while Suzuki Roshi was giving the lectures on it. Before each lecture would go over it briefly with him. When posted earlier wrote that Yoshimura Sensei did the kanji but didn't look close enough. Those are my kanji (as were the ones on the blackboard on the altar when Suzuki gave the lectures). Yoshimura did the kanji for the Genjo Koan and Fukanzazengi studies done in the summer of 74 and 75 with Trudy Hartman typing my work up - a big job. Will post those also someday if I find them. - DC


Chart - Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcript Categories and Info updated.


Finally some heavy rain now and then for a week or so here in Sanur. Two powerful rolling thunderclaps woke me out of bed at 12:30 last night to go sit on the porch and soak up the torrents gushing, deep pooling, flashings distant and close enough to explode as if on the roof and shake me in my seat. The SF Bay Area has little of this. Got some in Texas in recent years. I'd do the same - sit outside and just love it. Remember a family reunion in Ohio a bunch of us sitting on a back porch screened in on three sides bombarded for hours by Thor. Driving from the Bay Area to New Mexico and Texas and back, how often I was gratefully blessed with thunderstorms within a majestic panorama. Recall putting the car over to stand on a hill in a vast barren plain witnessing a lightning show over the ridges and peaks far way on a continuous 360 celestial degrees stage. But it's not all wham bang here. There have been some lovely drizzles. Stood in one earlier today while the sun, almost overhead, shone brightly on me. - posted in Saunters


11-29-14 - Pope Francis has called for an interfaith dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism. Good for the Pope. - dc - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


An interesting note - to me anyway on lineage. Valorie Beer has found that Dainin Katagiri and Shunryu Suzuki lineages depart as far back as Keizan. The Suzuki lineage follows Gasan Joseki after Keizan, and Kataigiri follows Meiho Sotetsu after Keizan. This brings to mind the thought that there should be a lineage page on cuke where such info can be gathered - including writings on not getting too caught up on the validity or importance of it all. Will make this this first such post there and as I stumble on related material will add. Alright - here's the new Lineage page with some additional links. More to come. - dc


 

Short Takes & Outtakes: Short Stories of a Father and Son - yet another book by Fil Lewitt and his father Al

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Fill's cuke page with a new bio

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2004 Wind Bell volume 38, 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 # 106 of 111 selections


An English language usage common here in Bali and elsewhere in Asia, not everywhere, is the word mister used before the first or given name and miss in a woman's case - less. So now and then I'm Mr. David. This isn't something to correct people on. It's widespread accepted usage including with people who grow up with English as in India. I heard it a little from Southerners further east than Fort Worth and from older black people when I was a kid. Here's a discussion saying it's still done in the South of the US. - posted in Saunters


11-28-14 - Juan Cole's Thanksgiving message from yesterday is a surprising and stirring take on global warming and a call to action. To me, the fact that major news outlets in the US rely on hacks rather than experts like Juan Cole is a sad sign of the times. However, climate is not his area of expertise. Check him out. - DC - posted in Climate Change


Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0169 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive - Chosen at random. Here Suzuki's been at some ceremony, maybe at the Japanese tea garden in SF and he's with maybe a member of the Japanese congregation at Sokoji or some person from outside of that congregation who was at that ceremony. - dc


 

 

Shunryu Suzuki LECTURE: REED COLLEGE, PORTLAND, OREGON on March 12, 1971 had bad error as mentiond in the One Continuous Mistake post of 11-23. You can now read the whole corrected lecture at shunryusuzuki.com - it's easy to find and the file name is 71-03-12.


Niels and me stealing food - Mentioned in yesterday's Tassajara Stories post that Niels Holm and I were principle culprits as far as food pilfering at Tassajara went, leading to Tatsugami having a lock put on the door. Here's a glimpse at us in the act. - in Tassajara Stories.


Back on 1-16-14 in Saunters 1 I wrote that back in 1992 no one would call one year old Clay Clay. They tended to say clack or clang. I had always said it must be because they had a word for "fight" that sounded like that. But I wrote then that I couldn't find such a word and maybe I remembered wrong. But now I've found it. Kelahi means to fight, quarrel. And that sounds a lot like "Clay." Just wanted to clear this important point up. - posted in Saunters


11-27-14 -  Thanks! And happy Thanksgiving. Regardless of any controversy the origins of this day's celebration, it ranks at the top of the cuke pantheon of holidays. The turkeys are thankful that they're hard to eat here in Bali today due to Bird Flu scare I guess. We hear they're not letting them be imported at present - the type that are ready to put in the oven. We heard of some available for about 150 bucks. No thanks.  - posted in Saunters


Thanks to Niel deGrasse Tyson with Chris Hayes on Climate Change - posted in Climate Change

 


Thanks to Craig's Oryoki Meal - in Tassajara Stories

 

 

 


Thanks to Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2004 Wind Bell volume 38, 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 # 105 of 111 selections


11-26-14 - Taking the High Road, Long Road In - by Katharine Cook - on a recent week at Tassajara

Had to check Chew's Ridge which one drives over going to Tassajara elevation for this. I'd always said 5000 feet but it's 4708. Got that here. - dc


Adding the Akazienzendo in Berlin to the page with dharma groups in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage. The teacher there is Bernd Bender (in the photo) who translated Crooked Cucumber into German. He was at the SFZC for years. - DC

 

 

 


From Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness - Shunryu Suzuki lectures on the Sandokai

Transliteration of Sandokai - with Chinese reading that the Japanese is based on

 - posted in the Branching Streams page and Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


 

The latest from Zsolt Suto in CIRCLES OF SILENCE - music with Tibetan Singing Bowls for relaxation, inner exploration & meditation - listen to it online and download for free here.

 

He sends this "With love, all my best wishes" - posted in cuke-the-arts-music


Talking to a friendly Muslim woman with hijab at the beach yesterday watching the Sunrise. She was here for a three day conference on computer information something. She on the faculty of what she called the top technical school in Indonesia. At some point I mentioned that I had not been a supporter of US military policies but had concentrated more on anti-nuclear weapons activity. "Cinta damai," she said (C = ch) - Love, peace. - posted in Saunters


11-25-14 -

Jays and Pigeons at Tassajara (The latter have been replaced by Steller's Jays, pictured here).  - in Tassajara Stories

 

 

 


From Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness - Shunryu Suzuki lectures on the Sandokai

Translation of Sandokai

 - posted in the Branching Streams page and Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


Karen Armstrong on her new book about the history of violence and religion right up to today. - from Salon.com - thanks Brit Pyland  - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Speaking of birds, there are wonderful birds here in Bali, especially the ones who sing in the morning, giving a pleasant treble to the background roosters' crowing. I've been a bit coughy and coldy and sleeping irregularly. Woke at three and by four ended corpsus meditation to sit on the porch and listen to the early birds and course in the wisdom gone beyond. Then walked to the beach before dawn and they serenaded me from the tree tops. I don't see a lot of pretty birds like some places - Perth was amazing with lovely colorful parrots I guess and those dominant ravens and back swans. But the singing of these guys is sweet and sufficient. - posted in Saunters


11-24-14 - Brian Fikes on his Work with Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


 

Did an image search for Brian Fikes and then tried his name with the word Zen after it and a lot of photos of Suzuki came up and ZC and off cuke. So I took this one which was on the SFZC site. It's not a thumbnail as the resolution was low. - DC


 

Harambee Arts - Just got a year end letter from Gloria Simoneaux about how this wonderful project is doing and of course needing more funding. Check it out at the web site or on their Facebook page - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2003 Wind Bell volume 37, 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 # 104 of 111 selections


 

Strawberries and Soap - in Tassajara Stories


11-23-14 - From Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness - Shunryu Suzuki lectures on the Sandokai

Lineage Chart from the book

 - posted in the Branching Streams page and Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


Comrades Of The Quest: An Oral History Of Reed - Reed College Bookstore link
click on thumbnail to enlarge

That book and project by John Sheehy prompts this post on mistakes in Shunryu Suzuki lectures.

Reading through all of Suzuki's lectures now and we're making little changes and corrections on shunryusuzuki.com on the default transcripts which can be downloaded and printed. Some really embarrassing mistakes have been in there for years. Found another really big one today. - read more in One Continuous Mistake


I've got the weirdest problem with my antique Front Page 2002 (which is what I use to make cuke) giving me an System Exception Access Violation message ever since the last MS update. So far I have figured out how to get around it but it's definitely in the way. Pray for me. - posted in dc misc 4


11-22-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2002 Wind Bell volume 36, 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 # 103 of 111 selections


The Diamond Sutra at Tassajara (in Suzuki Stories) - That's not the Diamond Sutra at Tassajara but an old Diamond Sutra scroll image that was posted on cuke long ago for no particular reason. I know that it's said that the Diamond Sutra is the earliest printed text we know of. Maybe this is that though it looks hand-writen.

Winding up this series with this image and a few insignificant words.


Sneezing and coughing, reading and writing. Been a little like this for over a month. Katrinka finally made me take some cough medicine and antibiotics which she got without prescription. I said it won't help but I know a doctor in the US would say good to knock out opportunistic bacteria. Upload and nap. - posted in Saunters


11-21-14 - From Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness - Shunryu Suzuki lectures on the Sandokai

Michael Wenger's Introduction - posted in the Branching Streams page and Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures

 


Palliative Care Social Worker at UCSF looking for a place to live. She's an old friend though she's pretty young. Email dchad at cuke dot com.- posted in Announcements


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 29 - 1989

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


A footnote on Einstein's ideas on religion. I remember his writings on this being criticized as naive and suggestions that he should stick to science. I think they hold up quite well when matched with the Perennial Philosophy as opposed to superstitious literalism. As with his science, his instincts on religion are impressive. He also had a sense of humility and the limits of our ability to comprehend such matters. He believed in a cosmos of laws and knew the laws of science were not in accord with common sense and surely knew that the laws of spirit were also beyond figuring out with our normal thinking or imagination. He said he didn't get his science that way or with math even as I understand it. Don't know how he did it. Maybe inspiration as with Tesla who said that the idea for the motor just occurred to him all at once, not as a result of logical process. But it all had to check out however it came to him. And really Buddhism is that way to. As Buddha said, Don't take my word for it. Inquire for yourself. - or something like that. Here's more from Stanford (not easy): Einstein's Philosophy of Science - posted in dc misc 4


There's supposed to be some rain tomorrow morning and chances every day for over a week. Hope so. The island needs it. I think it rains less here in the most densely populated south. If so I bet that would be due to all the cement and asphalt creating a sort of heat shield that the clouds with rain tend to go around. I remember hearing that had happened to the Fort Worth Dallas area where I come from. I love rain, love sitting on the porch reading and working while it comes down around me. Hope it doesn't tease and depart. - posted in Saunters


11-20-14 - Einstein's religous ideas - Wikipedia - great stuff - thanks Gene Whitman for reminding me. I remember reading Einstein's Ideas and Opinions when I was a teenager. Quite resonant with how I was raised - body and mind are one, no personal god, transcendental. We didn't have the science stuff down like him and were basically into a mind only approach, but I've always thought, like he says, there's no possible conflict between scientific and spiritual truth. "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." Of course he was no fan of organized religion as he'd known it but he found plenty to praise in the Torah, Bible, New Testament, and even mentioned Buddhism. - dc

While we're on the subject of body and mind as one, I'll link to a past post that includes an experience from the catacombs of my past called Mind And? Body?

That's the tail end of a real equation in the photo - something that applies only to the speed of light.

posted in dc misc 4


Awakening through Service: A Yearlong Exploration of Zen Practice, Community Service and Fellowship at the SFZC City Center - posted in Announcements


Palliative Care Social Worker at UCSF looking for a place to live. She's an old friend though she's pretty young. Email dchad at cuke dot com.- posted in Announcements


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2002 Wind Bell volume 36, 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 # 102 of 111 selections


Earth Dance - Bali as seen through the lives of four generations of Bali women. This book made me realize how little I see and know about what goes on around here. I had seen Bali Hindu caste system as Margaret Mead had as "caste light." Reminds me of asking driver friend Ketut if there were really four different levels of politeness in Balinese language. We speak Indonesian which doesn't have that, at least not what we speak. He said yes there are different levels for people with different caste status. I asked him if he used all those levels in his Balinese, "Tentu saja (of course)," he replied. He only speaks about Hinduism to me in terms of obligations ceremonial and financial. But they do hold together as a culture and a people. You don't hear people talking about wanting to get out, go to America, Australia, etc like elsewhere. I asked a Java friend if he was considered a bule (foreigner) like me. "Yes yes," he said laughing. - posted in Saunters


11-19-14 - Jim Jordan (not the one from the SFZC now in Austin) is an old Zennie who needs to sell his copy of this book. It's a rare edition.

The Wooden Fish, Basic Sutras & Gathas of Rinzai Zen Paperback – 1961

by Kanetsuki Gutetsu and Gary Snyder

Amazon link with a copy for sale for $1500

Gary Snyder cuke page

Jim writes:

Though I have a lot of memories, I haven't been connected to any formal Zen Buddhist practice for a few decades. I live a reclusive life in a rural place (Columbia River Gorge) where gardening is my great joy. As a volunteer I work in Aging Advocacy and I try to help seniors understand and resolve the complexities of Medicare, Medicaid and the food stamp program. I'm a very low (poverty level) disabled senior myself so I've learned a lot about these programs.

 

My attempt to sell The Wooden Fish is happening because I have some serious and costly dental work I need done and Medicare doesn't cover dental procedures.

 

Contact <dchad at cuke dot com>. - posted in Announcements


Shunryu Suzuki mentions of the Diamond Sutra in his lectures - not many - Another entry in the ongoing The Diamond Sutra at Tassajara.


Had some Jackfruit in KL that was sumptuous. Wai Leng said you've got to get it at just the right stage. Want to look for it here. But an interesting note for those afar is that of all the fruit available here, when it comes to juice, we often opt for good old watermelon.   - posted in Saunters


11-18-14 - From Huff Post: California Attorney General Kamala Harris says legalized marijuana is inevitable and wisely adds the details must be worked out first. Meanwhile - 'California Gov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, has expressed strong misgivings about legalizing marijuanaOn NBC’s Meet The Press in March, Brown asked, “How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?"' I'd say another question is How many people can you persecute and imprison for making an unapproved choice and still be a great state or a great nation? Earlier Brown said he opposed legalizing marijuana because it makes people less alert. If the decision is to persecute and imprison people for practices that decrease alertness, then there should be studies to determine what makes people less alert in order to determine whom to go after. Alcohol, TV, overeating, prescription drugs, too little or too much sleep may rank high. As a former Jesuit seminarian, Brown has been associated with an organization that persecuted harmless people for practices not in accord with the reigning power's idea of what makes a great society. Surely they thought they were doing the right thing as surely he thinks he has the right position. I think he should reconsider the implications. - DC (Drug and alcohol free [except for tea and chocolate] for coming up on a decade, supporting the approach of harm reduction, and wishing for a world free of the most sinister addiction: persecution.)

 - posted in Harm Reduction - ten years of posting on this subject.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2001 Wind Bell volume 35, 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 # 101 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Since we just broke up an early lecture, 64-03-00 into two entries, So, every entry from then to now was numbered one short and we just skipped #100. - DC


The Diamond Sutra at Tassajara (in Suzuki Stories) - continued from yesterday and the day before and the day before that


Somewhere deep in crowded Denpasar, got Katrinka and me a humble 24" flat screen TV for her birthday in addition to other offerings. Also got an HDMI cable so we could connect our computers. My PC has an HDMI out, but naturally the superior Mac needs an expensive adaptor. Nyoman drove on us past so many more big buildings, shops, signs, on streets small and large, past the shiny new mixed with the old, past statues and rubble to park in a lot on a busy street opposite a Mac store. I'd been there before to get that creature out of her Macbook Pro (stuck DVD disc). Katrinka looked at the two way flood of vehicles and decided to wait with Nyoman for me to cross the busy undivided street. On returning with the expensive adaptor which she said was a third of what it would have cost in the US, remarked on how cooperative the drivers of the cars, trucks, busses, and many motorbikes were. I was an accepted part of that mess. No one was honking or angry, they slowed to let me dash past. Thanks people. - DC  - posted in Saunters


balloons11-17-14 - Happy birthday Katrinka McKay, my love! - DC

Of course we've been celebrating this most wonderful event for days, starting with a dinner at Anapurna on Saturday night. This Monday morning she will awaken to a kilo of marigolds which are used here extensively as offerings which are offered at the many types of temples including the home temples and in front of homes, stores, on dashboards. Anapurna had a kilo sprinkled around on Saturday night. By the time most read this, Katrinka's birthday here at geographical coordinates of 8° 40' 30" S, 115° 15' 39" E will have passed.

  


From Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness - Shunryu Suzuki lectures on the Sandokai

Mel Weitsman's Introduction - posted in the Branching Streams page and Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


The Diamond Sutra at Tassajara (in Suzuki Stories) - continued from yesterday and the day before


If the dioxins don't get you then the microbes will. Chatting with Dr. Gene today at the beach about this and that, naturally hit on trash and pollution in the water which he said must be the principal cause of all the cancer and genealogical and other medical problems they have here. I mentioned how I've had a low level bug, virus, cough for over a month. He said, "Well Bali is paradise, paradise for microbes. - posted in Saunters


11-16-14 - That's the early edition of the Conze translation of the Diamond and Heart Sutras studied during the first practice period at Tassajara. - More in The Diamond Sutra at Tassajara (in Suzuki Stories) - continued from yesterday.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2001 Wind Bell volume 35, 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 # 99 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

 


Just came back with Katrinka from an evening at the Community Learning Center. Went a long way past lots of metro south Bali with Ben from Anapurna who catered and his Belgian mate Doani who's spent a lot of her life here. Reuben Rosenberg from Italy who has also been here a long time debated the Center's founder on whether religion was harmful or helpful. Reuben took the former and French/Balinese David took the helpful, It was a science vs religion spirit argument between friends. We'd not have gone if it were in San Rafael but this sort of thing is a rarity here, it's neat to get out and meet people, and we had a good thought-provoking time and loved the food. - DC - posted in Saunters


11-15-14 - Diamond Sutra's short Chapter seventeen - all the chapters are short. My kind of sutra. This is a recent translation in ordinary English by Alex Johnson. - more at The Diamond Sutra at Tassajara (in Suzuki Stories)


Sari Hati School for children and adults with mental disabilities fundraiser in Ubud on November 28th.  Sari is essence and hati is heart. If you're in Indonesia, drop by.

Click on image to read poster.

- posted in Saunters


The G20 is holding talks in Brisbane, Australia the host. The subject is growth and let's get serious and not screw around with a lot of nice empty talk and create jobs and growth. No climate stuff on the agenda. To me the human race is committing suicide or at least the forces that support world suicide are winning. -- more in Species Threats in the World Suicide Club News.


11-14-14 - The Solutions Project - Taigen Dan Leighton sent this link with the following note:

Thanks to Peter Coyote for telling me about this state by state project, sponsored by actor Mark Ruffalo and others, including Stanford researchers.  This wonderful website shows how "The World Can Transition to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Starting Today."  It includes an amazing state by state map showing how each state in the U.S. already has the renewable, clean energy resources that could take care of all its energy needs, without relying on any of the fossil fuels or nuclear power that are devastating our planet. 
Check it out.  - posted in  Climate Change and Taigen's Peace and Justice page

 


  - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0174 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive. This is a really old one. I think I'd have to ask Bill Kwong about these. Gotta get to this. I could maybe isolate those to ask Bill about and do it from the other side of the world. - DC


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2000 Wind Bell volume 34, issue 2a.
Last issue was misnumbered as 2 instead of 1 - dc

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 # 98 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Sometimes it seemed as if how long a person stayed was in inverse proportion to how determined they were when they arrived. Back in 70 I was visiting the City Center from Tassajara and was hanging out in the entranceway with Bob Halpern who'd been given the task of greeter, a role that didn't exist before or after his stint. I enjoyed watching him relate to those who came to knock on the door. Sometimes I'd cringe at the way he'd toy with people's assumptions. One memory in particular sticks in mind. - continued in ZC Stories


Thirty years ago when Aussie Kim was newly married to her Bali husband, the women in her house had her fold her sarong in the wrong direction so that other women at the temple would laugh and point at her. Outsider. They can be equally hard on a woman who has married out of caste either up or down. Kim says they won't let anyone starve but don't like them to get too high either. - posted in Saunters


11-13-14 - An excerpt on Shunryu Suzuki from The Zen Master in America: Dressing the Donkey with Bells and Scarves (2006) by Stuart Lachs with a few minor corrections at the bottom of Stuart Lachs cuke page.


From today's SFZC Sangha News:

SF Launch Party for Jane Hirshfield’s New Chapbook. The book, called minus / myness and published by Missing Links Press

click on image to enlarge

Obituary for Dennis Rodriguez

Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Zenkei Blanche Hartman’s Oral History. Cuke interview with


US to defend solitary confinement use before UN

World Organisation Against Torture

posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Ibu Kat is the pen name of a woman who writes a weekly column in the Bali Advertiser. Here's last year's article on water. Ibu means mother and is used for any woman and Katrinka also uses Kat here.  - posted in Saunters


11-12-14 - Ken Knabb (Bureau of Public Secrets) will have a table at the Howard Zinn Bookfair, as will more than 70 other radical groups and publishers: Get the lowdown on Ken's cuke page

 

 

 


Farewell Dennis Rodriguez who died on Nov. 10th at Summit Hospital in San Francisco after having a heart attack and surgery. Dennis was born in 1947 and was around the SFZC from the seventies as I recall and was well-liked, a quiet person. Taigen Dan Leighton wrote that Dennis was "a genuinely good fellow and clear friendly spirit, a significant presence in my early years at SF Zen Center." - DC


Gabor Terebess writes: I am so happy to see your Kishizawa page!!! Maybe you remember Suzuki-roshi's most beautiful memories about his master, Kishizawa (though he doesn't say his name); here is the original lecture from your fantastic website (On my site I put the Hungarian version of the above text translated from ZMBM).


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 2000 Wind Bell volume 34, issue 2.
Misnumbered, should be #1. Next issue is 2A. - dc

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 # 97 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Brought the Suzuki posts page up to date.


How Dry We Are (in Bali) and Indonesia's plans to double tourism causing water crisis. - in Saunters


11-11-14 - Terebess site page for Kojun Noiri, has photos and info on Kishizawa Ian, Noiri's master and Shunryu Suzuki's 2nd teacher.

Cuke page for Ian Kishizawa - just starting.

 

 


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 28 - 1988

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


When Shunryu Suzuki would arrive at Tassajara, he'd go straight to the zendo and offer incense. Once when I drove him in from the city, we walked into the zendo and up to the altar, I lit a stick of incense and held it vertical before him. He took it and, before he placed it in the bowl of ash, turned to me and said, "Many temple have burned down from one stick of incense." Then he offered it, bowed three times to the floor on the bowing mat, and we departed that building that burned down a decade later - though probably not from a single stick of incense. - DC in Brief Memories


Before Katrinka got hooked up with Aussie Kim nurse practitioner, local Bali doctor told her they don't normally prescribe blood pressure medicine for people over sixty, but since she's a foreigner he'll make an exception. She just wanted more of the same mild dose she's been taking for years. Not the first time we've heard about people of such age being thought of us as too old to worry about. An old man going blind got his eyes fixed by a European eye doc with a team doing a lot of quick operations on people here. The old man's son wasn't doing anything about it, thought that's what happens to old people.  - posted in Saunters


11-10-14 - The Farmer's Yard Permaculture Hostel in Canggu, Bali (YouTube Video)- An excellent homemade video of some really good stuff happening in Bali got from bud Kris's Facebook page - he's involved. At the end his brother Ben gives a quick plug for our favorite and nearby restaurant, Anapurna. They are both born and raised here by Bali father (excellent guitarist) and Aussie mom (Katrinka's nurse practitioner). We are fortunate to know these folks and their friends. DC - posted in Saunters


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1999 Wind Bell volume 33, 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 # 96 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Just noticed that the previously posted Suzuki lecture from Wind Bell volume 32, issue 2, 1998, is a repeat of the lecture from Wind Bell volume 30, issue 1, 1996, surely unintentional. - DC


Watched the first episode of the new Cosmos: a Space-time Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson and loved it. It was great. - more in dc misc 4


11-09-14 - A brief memory of Shunryu Suzuki from Stuart Lach's email of 1/28/03 re-linked to two days ago, a memory of from Tassajara's first practice period in 1967. That letter has more memories from then and some critical analysis of some traps we tend to fall into - including Suzuki.

Created a Stuart Lachs cuke page - lots more there and lots elsewhere on the web. A lot of stuff that shouldn't be brushed aside I think. - DC

 

 

 

 


One day at Tassajara Howie Klein was standing on the bridge by the dining room gazing out toward the creek. I walked up and said, "Nice view," we should take a picture of it. "Yeah," he replied, "Have to come back and see it sometime." - DC - posted with Tassajara Stories


Here's an article link which sent by Wai Leng in KL to Katrinka via Facebook by a Catholic priest about Japan's us and them mindset and how they're somewhat doomed to fall behind the world of growth and progress because their birth rate is negative and they are not open to immigration. My view on this is the opposite. We can't continue to have a world economy based on non stop growth - and survive or have any good quality of life. Unrestricted development in Bali is sure not pretty. Is it anywhere? Short term profit rules over long term goals. I say cheer the Japanese on and join them in zero population growth and let's figure out how to live on this earth in more of a steady state way or some way that is sustainable. Many knowledgeable observers think that's impossible and that we're doomed. Just look at almost everything said by any politician or economist or pundit on TV and it's growth good, no growth bad, more growth better. To me that's insane. I think we're basically a psycho planet, and that's the dangerous type of homicidal psycho. But I love us and I am grateful to have had this visit. - dc  - posted in Saunters and  - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


11-08-14  - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0150 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive. That's Shunryu looks like at the old Sokoji during some big ceremony with his ceremonial hat on doing something at an altar.

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1999 Wind Bell volume 33, 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 # 95 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Just noticed that the previously posted Suzuki lecture from Wind Bell volume 32, issue 2, 1998, is a repeat of the lecture from Wind Bell volume 30, issue 1, 1996, surely unintentional. - DC



Learning to Unplug - a Green Gulch Story


“I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I ain’t a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns." ~ Woody Guthrie 

As Juan Cole points out in this brief post, "war is good for the arms industry, which funds a lot of congressional campaigns." (especially those which recently won.) - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Terebess wrote: I spent my holidays in Bali in 2004 with my wife and our two sons. At that time I wrote some Hungarian haiku, a Canadian poet translated them into English.  - posted in Saunters


11-07-14 - Gabor Terebess is a dharma heir of Hakusan Kojun Noiri with an extensive Hungarian Zen web site. Noiri was a dharma heir of Ian Kishizawa whom Shunryu Suzuki's studied with. We're going to be linking to some of the many pages on Terebess' site relevant to cuke material. Here's the Zen Index. Here's his page for Shunryu Suzuki with lots of links to cuke and shunryusuzuki.com and sfzc.org. Have linked previously to Kojun Noiri page from here on cuke. Here's Gabor Terebess' page for photos of him and non English text. Lots of other links there but that's enough for now. - thanks Peter Ford for reminding me of Terebess - dc


Emailing Terebess about a few subjects, read Stuart Lachs' letter posted on cuke again. Check it out. I do sympathize with his comments toward the end about Shunryu Suzuki's comments from Crooked Cucumber on meeting with Soen Nakagawa in the summer of 1971. Here's the chapter he referred to - 19-Final Season - it's right at the first. Am slipping a link in there to this part of Stuart's letter - one of the only notes in the empty note side of Notes on the book. - dc


Interview with Kartika Soekarno [Sukarno], daughter of the founder of the modern Indonesian state. Here's the site for the Kartika Soekarno Foundation, mainly involved with children's issues. She's also concerned with trash. Her foundation has sponsored the film, Trashed, narrated by Jeremy Irons who got quite involved in the issue. Here's the film's Facebook page. Here's the film's web page. One can find images of horrific trash on beaches on the Internet and we've seen that happen when the currents bring it in from Java and Sumatra in January, but the photos above are more representative. - more in Saunters


11-06-14 - An email with memories of Phillip Wilson

click on photo to go to page with more photos of Phil and Shunryu

------------- from cuke photo page

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1998 Wind Bell volume 32, 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 # 94 of 111 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Note that this is a repeat of the lecture from Wind Bell volume 30, issue 1, 1996, surely unintentional.

Back to 111 selections as, in reading through Suzuki's lectures realized that 64-03-00 from the March 1964 Wind Bell had two lectures in it run together so we're separating them for the archive. - dc



Fascinating research (thanks Gregory) on how magic mushrooms affect the brain. As with the 10-28-14 link to the Tricycle interview with Even Thompson, there's stuff on where consciousness is located. He said in the body and not just the brain but this research is looking at networks and networks of networks within the brain. I think a few things when I read this. One is wow how good it is they're doing this research and how if the human race survives we'll keep learning more and more about how things work. And I think about how it's just evil bad wrong that it's illegal to eat these mushrooms and that people are persecuted for it. And I think how neat it is how the various sciences keep showing both he interconnections and all that there is to be interconnected. I think about how along the way there will surely be new discoveries and inventions leading to more than mere weapons and consumer products. I look at my own naive, dualistic ideas of what consciousness is and how it ultimately has no location or substance, that it's one of the five skandas marked as empty and toss it all away marveling at how mysterious everything is. - posted in dc misc 4



Love my morning tea which stretches into the afternoon, the first cups made with dashes of local ginger and vanilla. A large wasp hovers in front of the open door and I send it a message to please not enter as it might get stuck and I'll have to get up to help it out. - posted in Saunters


11-05-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo. SR0173 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive. That's Grahame Petchey and I bet it's at Eiheiji in 1963 but it could be when he'd returned to US.

One reason I'm posting these photos is to force myself to go through them and make notes which can be done by anyone in shunryusuzuki.com - and to isolate those we have questions about and try to get a few who were around then to fill in some of the blanks. - DC

 


Bulgarian Salt Loaf - a Tassajara Story - posted on the Index page of ZC Stories.


Steve Tipton responds to Jeff Broadbent and DC's exchange On Progress East and West and Why

Steve's cuke page and Jeff's cuke page


 

Kids and babies do so many things the same though they're from very different cultures - especially notice the sounds - laughing, crying, complaining, urging, enjoying and think, 'That could be a kid anywhere.' And same with adults but less. Essentially we're all the same it seems. Mooji says that all beings have the same basic thought: I am. That's ancient wisdom and like the perennial core wisdom from the ancients to us, it's not derived from speculation, rumination, cogitation, or objective observation, but from alonely empirical inquiry deep into the root of being and non being. Also - can't be proven except by tapping that core. Can't prove that either.  - dc

 

Only that which involves what isn't fundamentally real can be proven by the scientific method. - Kabumpkan

 

 - posted in Saunters and  dc misc 4


11-04-14 - A week ago or so Daya Goldschlag sent an email about Elizabeth Sawyer's recent shuso ceremony in Sonoma County at the Back Porch Zendo.

Elizabeth Sawyer


Cheng Hoon Teng Buddhist temple in Melaka (Malacca). Amazing how many people walk around with smart phones talking, listening, taking pictures, doing selfies. Walking into this longest running Buddhist temple in Malaysia, not large, with some fine artwork and interesting design. was struck by how few people were actually looking at it directly. Most were looking at their phones. And the selfies with those extension poles are everywhere happening. On a boat ride a man with family kept lining up shots behind himself, sometimes sticking the phone on extender in front of us. Something new. We didn't complain. We played with his kid and he joined in. - posted in Saunters


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1998 Wind Bell volume 32, 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 # 93 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Science Panel’s Urgent Warning to Tackle Climate Change - but not as urgent as it would be if they'd included findings since March 15, 2013 - posted in Climate Change


11-03-14 - Quinn Mueller says "Help me help my mom." SFZC alum Gail Mueller is in need of help -  - posted in Ads & Announcements and Aluminati updates

 


Spokeswoman for death with dignity ends life

Santhara - a Jain ceremony of death with dignity through ceasing to eat and drink - the natural, traditional method that takes into account the importance of state of mind, death as a transition.


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 27 - 1988

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Katrinka memory from Kuala Lumpur outdoor market - At a poultry stall a woman chooses a live chicken that's taken to the back. Later passing by, the woman receives the chicken dressed and ready to cook.

DC mall moment of discovery - Buying new glasses, readers, as had right earpiece break on two pair, learn that the stronger they are, the closer one has to hold reading material. I'd thought that the ones I had were too weak. Nope, too strong. Man told me to stick with the 2.75s.

 - posted in Saunters


11-02-14 - On Progress East and West and Why - Jeff Broadbent comments quite intelligently on DC's speculations posted 10-30 below and on Saunters - but now am posting this in Comments and linking from here at What's New, Saunters, and Engaged Buddhism and on Jeff's cuke page

That's John Calvin. I think he's partly responsible for climate change. - dc


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1997 Wind Bell volume 31, 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 # 92 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Back at what we think of as home and now next door to the two bedroom apartment we had to vacate for three months because sad, sweet drunken blind Phillip and his pregnant Bali wife Rini had dibs. Over the phone from London he begged landlady Widya to let Rini stay as the place she was going fell through but Widya held true. Good old Nyoman picked up Katrinka and me at friend Alice's where we spent the night after landing. He took us to get some essentials for the larder, helped us reload the new place with our stuff. We walked to the beach, rows of parked motorbikes, bought a loaf of excellent whole wheat and a mango tart at Luhtus, went to eat at Sand on sand. The sun had descended, Mount Agung floated in pint light above a cloud bank. The high tide water and shore were full of locals, more than most Sundays. Before my mix juice arrived I stripped to underwear, joined them. The water was slightly warm. The moon up top waxing gibbous. Later in shorts and shirt at the table, a high huge black kite danced beneath clouds illuminated by the hidden moon. - posted in Saunters,


11-01-14 - The End of a (Zen) Buddhist Myth - In this response Brian Victoria writes, "I have done my best to keep the focus of this article on the "big questions" rather than a seemingly petty debate with Jundo Cohen on the minutiae of translations." - another article on Zen and war by Brian on Sweeping Zen.

- posted in the Brian Victoria cuke page


Chart - Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcript Categories and Info - Nov. 1, 2014 - by DC

posted in Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


Flew back to Denpasar today after a most interesting nine days in Malaysia. Our hosts there, as I've mentioned, are Malay Chinese, engaged Buddhists whom we met through Alan Senauke of the Berkeley Zen Center and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. I've mentioned the mix of people and how friendly and easy to be with they are, and how neat the dress of the Moslem and Hindu women is - like having paintings floating around. Haven't mentioned before the growing conservatism of the Muslim government. - more in Saunters

 

 

 

 

 


October


10-31-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo. SRC0045 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive

Picking these at random. Reminds me how much work there is to do with them in terms of notes.


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1997 Wind Bell volume 31, 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 # 91 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Adding note to Index posted yesterday which identifies which lectures contain which key words and names saying that some of the lecture file names in the archive on shunryusuzuki.com have changed. Will post a chart tomorrow that indicates those changes. - dc


The Malaysian flag has a moon, sun or star, and red and white stripes, the latter resembling the flag of the US which makes me do occasional double-takes and then go oh yeah. Must look that up. A rickshaw driver who drove us around an area of Melaka (Malacca) - small enough for us to have walked but still we enjoyed his guidance and banter - took us to a Melaka (sp?) tree that he said the city and state was/were named after. He said that Malaysia comes from Malay and Asia. Took a boat ride on the river in the center of town and saw a small crocodile. At our small hotel in the historic district, a hundred years ago a Chinese home, the receptionist showed us a map of where to go in the area. The first thing he circled was the Hard Rock Cafe. I said that that is the last place we'd want to go. Actually it was. We had great salads there so big we just ate the leftovers for lunch on the train on the way back to KL And the to-go containers are so good we're bringing them back to Bali. Taking the commuter train at the KL station had to make sure not to board a pink car - for women only.  - posted in Saunters


Velvet Top Mushroom - Kelly Chadwick with an edible fungi - posting in family


10-30-14 - An Index of the 2004 collection of Shunryu Suzuki Lectures - Created by Shinshu Roberts (SFZC link) pictured on the left. She's the co-founder (with Daijaku Kinst) of the Ocean Gate Zen Center located in Capitola, CA. Here's a Sweeping Zen interview with her.

This index was of greater use for searching before the searchability we have now with the Internet. But some may want to access it here or print it up as it does show the information in a unique way - for instance, showing topics and subjects mentioned by Shunryu Suzuki in his lectures and where they can be found. It would be good for someone to update the index by including all the additions to the Suzuki lecture archive since 2004 which can be accessed at shunryusuzuki.com. - DC

Posting this index on a new page named Documents relating to Shunryu Suzuki Lectures


No link between tough penalties and drug use - report - BBC from England - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Talking with Wai Leng, our hostess in KL of Chinese ancestry, she agreed with my layman's take on the progress in SE Asia coming mainly from the Chinese due to their Confusion culture and that's why Japan excels as well. The emphasis on education, merit, progress, manners. There were other conservative forces holding them back until the West ignited the spark in the 2nd half of he 1800s. I suppose in the West it was some chemistry of the Abrahamic tradition (Judism/Christian/Islam) and the Greco-Roman getting things going till we had all these labor saving devices and so forth leading to the massive transfer of carbon in the ground to carbon in the air and our possible demise after untold millennium of stability. It's sure been fun though feeling so superior and getting to drive and fly around. Bet I can get some more educated comments from some of our buds. I'll try.  - posted in Saunters


10-29-14 - Farewell Miriam Bobkoff who died on October 23rd. - thanks Elizabeth Sawyer

 

The details of her passing the most recent post on her Ocean in View blog

 

Miriam, madam librariam. Knew her at the SFZC but the strongest memories are when she was working in the library in Santa Fe and I was doing spelling and fact check for Thank You and OK there - downtown and in a branch near where Elin and I were living July 92 - July 93. Always kind and helpful. - DC

 

 

Miriam Bobkoff cuke page

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1996 Wind Bell volume 30, 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 # 90 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Screwed up date and issue number for this series two days ago but it's fixed now. Still it was the right lecture. - dc


Kuala Lumpur such a mix of people. A Philippine served us dinner at a Japanese stall last night, a guy from Nepal rang us out at the grocery store, a Mexican gave us directions near the Indonesian Embassy where we met two Swedish women. 61 % Muslim - the women in hijab and soft material, colors blending differently than the rainbow Indian Tamil sari both flowing to the floor, Chinese in tee shirts and pants randomly selected vibes closest to us slob Amecans.  - posted in Saunters


10-28-14 - The Embodied Mind - An interview with philosopher Evan Thompson - son of William Irwin Thompson - from Tricycle dot com - thanks Brit Pyland

I enjoy reading science stuff and sometimes science/religion stuff if it gets beyond literalism which this does. None of it is how I see things which is more like being underwater and whatever label I put on something floats away or gets eaten by a passing fish. But I think there's value in this sort of discussion - especially for people who can comprehend it. - DC - posted in Others


- Click to enlarge today's photo. That's Silas Hoadley on the right. Is that Mel Weitsman in back? Ken Strauss with the beard? Need to go through the photos with some others. There are no notes with this one. - SRC0013 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive

 

 

 


East Coast Ladies  - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Just some names with a few tiny notes scribbled on a piece of paper but there could be, should be, maybe is a piece to be written there, a piece of what made the quilt American Buddhism. Yvonne Rand has talked about them. Incomplete of course. Ruth Fuller Sasaki isn't on the list. One thing I mention to folks on this side of the world that's different about a lot of the Buddhism in the West is how women do not take a back seat. That goes back to early days. - DC


Couldn't get into the Indonesian Embassy today because I had shorts on. Two European women with shorts on got in last time. Maybe the sign wasn't up. A cab driver had baggy pants in his trunk he tried to sell me for 20 ringgits. No way. Anyway, also no problem. Katrinka got both our passports with the visas we wanted so we don't have to leave Bali for six months which means I'll be able to plug away on all this nonsense with fewer interruptions. Meanwhile, four more nights in Malaysia, two of them in historic Malacca. Tonight spent some time with two little girls feeding live crickets to the schools sugar glider.  - posted in Saunters


10-27-14 Narcissus Robert Quagliata's talk at the SFZC City Center this October 22nd.

 - thanks M Katz

 

 

Narcissus Quagliata cuke page

 

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1996 Wind Bell volume 30, 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 # 89 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


There seems to be an endless variety of Chinese food here in Malaysia. Dinner tonight several firsts in a neighborhood place we walked to. Must get Katrinka to describe it. Wai says that in America she gets them to give her real Chinese food, not what they serve most people. She says that two menu approach is common abroad. I was sort of out of it from a cold treated with capsules of Chinese herbs from Wai's mom's garden and the drive back on the toll road through verdant rain forest and thought maybe couldn't eat much but ate a lot and drank many little cups of smoky Bole (sp?) tea. And like the old jokes about how you're hungry an hour later, I never feel too full or heavy after a Chinese meal here. And the price was good - about seven bucks each.  - posted in Saunters


10-26-14 - New to transcripts in progress - A fragment from a shosan ceremony occurring at the end of a fall-winter practice ceremony in which students are asking the abbot, Shunryu Suzuki questions. It was found in the middle of audio file 68-02-00-G which was thought to be just a Togen Sumi lecture. This is only the first pass. Am seeking ears of others to do a better job. Just go to this link to read the very brief transcript in progress with question marks for parts not understood. There's a link there to the audio. Send suggested solutions to dchad at cuke dot com. Thanks. - DC


Another photo of Marian Derby Wisberg doing her Punch and Judy puppet show 1954 in San Francisco.

 

 

posting on Marian Derby Wisberg cuke page

 

 


Rode with Wai and kids a couple of hours north of KL to Ipoh, Malaysia, where her mom lives and which she says is one of the top ten cities in the world for US expats. All the way a divided four lane freeway that goes from Singapore into Thailand - through lush greenery and approaching Ipoh beautiful mountains jutting up with sheer cliffs and caves. At lunch Wai said there's the best tofu in the world here - it's the water - and her young son taught me thank you in Cantonese. Just say, "Door chair" he advised, and drop the Rs. Now at another mall - chair by outside glass wall, storm approaching, matcha latte, high winds. Love monsoon season.  - posted in Saunters


balloonsHappy birthday Camille Koue, excellent niece.

 

 


10-25-14 - Cindy Derby is Marian Derby's granddaughter, an artist and puppeteer. Here's her site, Cindy Derby dot com. And here's a page on it for something I didn't know about Marian - Marian Derby's puppet days.

That's Marian bottom left.

 - thanks Steve Meek for sending this info and link

posting on Marian Derby Wisberg cuke page

 

 

 

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1995 Wind Bell volume 29, 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 # 88 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Dim Sum lunch at a fairly funky old place before venturing to the new mall here way on the outskirts of massive KL.  - more in Saunters


10-24-14 - Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 26 - 1988

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Stephan Bodian has a new book out - Beyond Mindfulness - Check it out on his website.


Went to the Indonesian Embassy in KL this morning and applied for six month visas. Then walked to the Petronas Twin Towers and hung around that area till late, getting back to the school where we stay twelve hours after we left. Walked in the park in front, had tea and food, visited the aquarium with a tunnel surrounded by ocean life - mantra rays and sharks overhead and to the sides. Saw a movie - multiplex just like the states and everything at least that clean. Light show with the fountains in the pond at night, locals crowded around to enjoy it. An interesting mix of Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, Daoists, and Christians and a colorful mix of women's wear. The scene reminded me of a 2/3 scale of Dubai at night in front of the Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world. The Twin Towers were that until 2004. I walked around them that year and things are much more built up, modernized, malled and towered and posh now - the old neighborhood is gone. In fact, a great deal of what we experience in KL is extensive malls with everything American, European, Chinese, Japanese, Malay - anything to buy eat one could want including great cheap local food. A little different from Lembongan, the island we just came from, where I couldn't buy a pair of reading glasses to replace either of the two pair that happened to break there. Motorbikes for taxis and not that many of them. One extreme to the other.  - posted in Saunters


10-23-14 - Here's the photo of Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, by Barbara Wenger that couldn't get to show up yesterday. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge or just go to Mitsu's cuke page to see it large.

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1995 Wind Bell volume 29, 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 # 87 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Katrinka got a DVD stuck in her Mac which made it sound all the time like a little animal is trying to get out. We were on that island and couldn't do anything about it but returned yesterday, went to the Mac shop a long way across busy Denpasar and they got the little animal out and I guess kept it as a pet. Then we flew to Kuala Lumpur to get new visas for Indonesia. Tomorrow morning to the embassy which will be closed in the afternoon I'm led to understand as it's Friday and that's a Muslim holy day. And we're tired. Nighty-night. - dc  - posted in Saunters


10-22-14 - Barbara Wenger sent a photo of Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, a color photo of Mitsu with balloons at Green Gulch. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge or just go to Mitsu's cuke page. She sent another one two that I can see in my computer but not online. Both photos posted or trying to post on Mitsu's cuke page.

There are a few tickets left for the Nov. 5 Greens dinner and event in San Francisco celebrating twenty years of Community Grows founded by Barbara.

Explore Community Grows

posted in Ads and Announcements and  Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

 


For historical reasons and to honor the work of those who did the early transcripts of Shunryu Suzuki lectures, transcripts of 75 of them have now been entered onto shunryusuzuki.com. They can be found by clicking on Early Zen Center Transcripts in the Other Associated File? window or by looking in More Files of a lecture. Next year, if I don't get eaten by a shark, they will be featured one by one here on cuke. But even then Peter Ford who entered them into the site would probably carry on. He's been doing a ton of work on all this. Me too. More to come on all this of course. - dc --- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture posts page


Speaking of sharks, ran into a fellow Texan today in Lembongan when Katrinka and I were packing to leave. He has lived on the tiny island of Ceningan that's between Lembongan and Nusa Penida. There's a little bridge that goes over there that's so narrow that when motorbikes come by one has to press against the side and pray. Anyway, he co-founded the Aquatic Alliance - check it out. And here's an article on him and and his co-founder Helen Mitchell and it in the Indonesian Expat called Aquatic Alliance: Research & Conservation of Manta Rays in Nusa Lembongan - but they're concerned with a wider sphere than just Manta Rays. He mentioned that the shark population is way down and listed some types he used to see more when diving - I forget the names but I remember he said they weren't the type that bite.   - posted in Saunters and in  - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


10-21-14 - Click on thumbnail to enlarge.

John Nelson, the USF Buddhism etc prof whose Bali blog was featured yesterday wants to know who that is to the left of Shunyryu Suzuki in this photo and also I'd like to know who that is behind him. I keep thinking his name is Larry. The SFZC has used this photo numerous times through the years. It has a number in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive but can't look for that now due to its rank on the priority list.

Please send any answer to this query to dchad at cuke dot com. Thanks, dc

posted on cuke photos page


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1994 Wind Bell volume 28, 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 # 86 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Fixed the bad link to the Memorial Page - try to check all the links when post but connection on this island so poor can barely upload to begin with at times - at others it's fine. Yesterday Katrinka and I walked to the village on the narrow, sandy, bumpy road past thatch shanties, people carrying goods in baskets at the end of poles balanced on their shoulders. Often looks like Baja California with cactus. It's fairly dry here. Went forty minutes all the way to Warung 99 (Warung is restaurant) where many of the boats from the big island of Bali come in. Barefoot men and women wading through the water unloading boats. The big stuff is tackled by groups of women - took eight to bring the large coils of cable up the cement steps to load on the back of a truck. Tried the one ATM and it was broken.  - posted in Saunters


10-20-14 - View (bigger than below) and read the two versions of the the Heart Sutra Chant card used at Sokoji in the sixties with Shunryu Suzuki's minimal translation that ran below the kanji. I forgot this was on cuke so am reposting. - dc

   

The one page two sided card.


Prof. John Nelson of USF report and photos of a major cremation in Bali around this time last year.

 - posted in Saunters and on John Nelson's cuke page created today.


10-19-14 - - Click to enlarge today's photo, the sixth of six in a folder marked stonework - at Tassajara. Maybe 67. Walls going up on the kitchen - SRC0084 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive  - can't tell who's in it. - dc


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1993 Wind Bell volume 27, 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 # 85 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


balloonsHappy Birthday Elin

 

 

 


Jeff Broadbent had a comment posted on NY Times dot com pertaining to an article on space/time/Einstein and so forth.

posted on Jeff's cuke page


We're staying at the end of the road to the Mangroves by the reef in Lembongan. Met a scuba diving teacher named Alberto from Mexico who's friends with Adi who runs this place, LOA, with his family. Alberto said he's tried to get property down here but they don't want any foreigners moving in. It's really low key. Sunday. Asked Katrinka to take photos at the back with the falling in old thatch and other makeshift huts, locals hanging out by some motor bikes banter kids laughing one youngster naps. Electricity is out for a few quiet hours a day. Sometimes when it's on staff/family/kids watching soaps or cartoons on communal flat screen that was probably installed by owners with guests in mind. That's the norm. Hey - they read my mind. It's off. Wrong - electricity went off again. Now it's back - with Sponge Bob in Indonesian. - posted in Saunters


10-18-14 - Yesterday linked to Dairyu Michael Wenger's site, Dragon's Leap. Today featuring his book

49 Fingers, a collection of 49 American Koans, written in traditional case, commentary, verse format alongside 22 of his original brush works. 

It is currently available at the San Francisco Zen Center's online bookstore. You can purchase it at their website by clicking here.

posted in bibliography and Dairyu Michael Wenger cuke page

 


 

 

Christmas card from Marian Derby and Jack Wisberg - undated but I'd say ten years ago or so - the lack of scan of the other side makes me wonder if it was blank. - dc

 - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Marian Derby Wisberg cuke page


We went by fast boat with two outboard motors at 8am this morning to snorkel with really big Manta Rays off the coast of Nusa Penida, the big island next to Lembongan. I read they get up to 22 ft. across but these looked more like six to ten. Water was a little rough but surfer Adi whose family runs the place we're staying led the way pointing at dark figures approaching. They ride near the top, big mouths open for plankton. One brushed gently by me. Awesome. Recalled Jake Fishman telling me once south of Acapulco having one unexpectedly swoop right over him. Then to Crystal Bay with colorful fish and huge colorful coral varied coral clusters. A reverent sense of the vast majesty of life and the nameless wonder it reflects. - posted in Saunters - which is now called Saunters 2 (from October 2014) and moved the rest to Saunters 1 cause the file got too big. - DC


10-17-14 - Dragon's Leap - Check out Michael Wenger's site for his teaching, art, news, suggestions, and his San Francisco Avenues group.

Posted in Links and Dairyu Michael Wenger cuke page

 

 

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1993 Wind Bell volume 27, 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 # 84 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Went out this morning at six in the kayak for floating zazen. Hours at the Zenbook. Now later afternoon. Ocean breeze, kelapa muda - young coconut - as is - drinking with straws from the severed top. Just tried it with a bit of lemon first time. Good. Dogs here are nice, playful, romp in the tidepools, sit at our feet - nothing to protect, no walls, almost no doors. Local color - the staff, five, all family, watch Indonesian TV - outnumbering the guests now just Katrinka and me as the day guests have left to catch their boats. Little rat that lives under the deck just grabbed a paper napkin and darted back in. - posted in Saunters


10-16-14 -

Click to enlarge today's photo, the fourth of Shunryu Suzuki working with Bob Watkins at Tassajara in 1967 - SR0233 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes - but needs more notes. This is the fifth of six stone work photos that will be posted.

That's Mike Daft in the middle of the photo. He was a quiet, unassuming guy with a dry sense of humor. I wonder what happened to him. I don't remember him beyond the first year or so of Tassajara. Like many of those who'd been around longer, he called Suzuki, sensei, not roshi. The only specific memory I have about Mike is that he told me that once he was in Sokoji when no other students were around and Suzuki Sensei and Okusan, his wife, were having an argument in the kitchen. Mike said that Okusan got so frustrated she grabbed a big bunch of flowers out of a vase and bashed her husband over the head with them. Mike tiptoed out, deciding to talk to his teacher some other time. - posted in posted on Brief Memories


Updated the Memorial Page a bit after putting Rowena Pattee Kryder on it. Many names from the past not there. Just started it a few years ago. Searched for "rip," "dead," "passed," and "dies" in this year and last's What's New. Added about a half dozen, among them Chris Pirsig who was mentioned recently. His brother sent some comments and a correction adding to the page for the song for him. If you think of someone not there just sent it to dchad at cuke dot com. - DC


Had to get a motorbike ride into the village to upload. I guess this is a village. Welcome to Bali Edo Deli. Didn't realize at first that we've got the only guest cabin at LOA. Their main business is people who come around to the mangrove area of Lembongan for a look, to have a drink or a meal. That's how we came the first time. Our boat arrived at ten in the morning and before it left at 3pm, we had a driver take us around on the bumpy roads to see the seaweed farms and views. We stopped here in the Mangroves for lunch, walked around, and found this place - the only place here to stay we know of other than a homestay down a ways across the road. Yesterday and today a group of about twenty Japanese followed a guide down the beach to somewhere. Way off in the distance we can see Bali's highest Mt. Agung beyond the snorkel boats and deep blue water. - posted in Saunters


10-15-14 - Shunryu Suzuki student and visionary artist Rowena Pattee Kryder passed away on October 11th. See note from her family and from Friends of Rowena on the Rowena Pattee Kryder page - thanks Paul Shippee

Farewell Rowena. See you in my visions. - DC

 


The Awakened World International Film Festival October 27-30, Santa Barbara, CA. - recommended by John Steiner - posted in Ads and Announcements


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1992 Wind Bell volume 26, 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 # 83 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


For over a month now been putting beaucout time into reviewing and organizing the history of work with Shunryu Suzuki transcripts and will be posting this earlier work on cuke and shunryusuzuki.com and systematically featuring it bit by bit on What's New. While preserving this pioneering work and linking to the efforts of others, will continue developing our presentation and expanding the archive of material lightly edited for readability and your viewing and listening pleasure. A special thanks to those who've helped recently, especially Peter Ford in Tennessee who toils daily in the depths of the cuke mines. - DC - posted in What We're Doing


Son Kelly's mom Daya Goldschlag used to kayak around the SF Bay all the time. Katrinka's son Seth left us the inflatable kayak he brought and today for the first time kayaked. Went out to where the boats bring folks to snorkle and scuba and a skipper of one little rig, Maxi, suggested we trade for a while. Climbed into his boat and he into mine. A nice interlude talking with a Spaniard and a Jakartan who loaned me his mask and snorkle so I could inspect the brightly colored fish below. Paddling back came upon a snorkler the back of whose head, posterior, and heels reminded me of Katrinka. It was she. Had wadded and swum out. Tried to tow her back in but it was too hard so had to leave her out there with the coral and starfish. - posted in Saunters


10-14-14 -

Click to enlarge today's photo, the third of Shunryu Suzuki working with Bob Watkins at Tassajara in 1967 - Bob offstage to the left SR0232 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes - but needs more notes. This is the forth of six stone work photos that will be posted.

To find out more about Bob or anyone mentioned on cuke, just put their name in the search box up top on this page or on the home page and see what comes up.

cuke photos page


Here's the 5th of five Gordon Geist light edits of Shunryu Suzuki lectures that were missing from the collection of now 51 of them from him on shunryusuzuki.com. See post below on 10-02-14 for the 1st and more info.

 

Lecture given on 70-05-10 - was the source for the chapter  of Not Always So called "Not Sticking to Enlightenment" on p. 131.  - the light edit

 

A page for that lecture and click on Minimum Edit Transcript

--- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture posts page newly created today just for you and so that the main lecture page can be spiffy and unencumbered with all those notes.


Ride over with boxes of tile and a few other fureigners taking twice as long as the fast boats. The Bay of Bali was fairly calm but after a wave of dizzy hit when I wrote a note, put the pad away and stared at the sea ahead. Lembongan, an island that's part of the Province of Bali. We're staying at Loa Beach House Mangroves - owned by Japanese which right now is all can get on that site - look at the photos. The Internet here is okay. This is more like the image one gets thinking of Bali. Walked out a couple hundred yards in shallow warm sea in aqua shoes careful not to step on any coral or starfish. - posted in Saunters


A tennis story.


10-13-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1992 Wind Bell volume 26, 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 # 82 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Click to enlarge today's photo of Bob Watkins at Tassajara in 1967 taken at the same time as the photo posted yesterday - Suzuki's head to the right. SR0231 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes - but needs more notes. This is the third of six stone work photos that will be posted.

 

cuke photos page


Got everything packed up today for our landlords to store down the street at the home while we're away for 18 days. Nice old Nyoman was to come at five to truck it down but he arrived four hours early with more boxes and was a great help getting everything ready - fitted stuff in containers, taped boxes and wrote our names on them, and a lot more. Tomorrow morning he'll drive us and other stuff to the 10am boat for Lembongan. Have to wade into the water to get on it. I've watched people boarding the early one when I've walked down there in the morning to have tea at a little stand on the beach. Katrinka gave Nyoman some cheese and homemade sambul which is what they call their salsa - but this is her Mexicanish version.

Got a bunch of Suzuki lecture early edits to get together before going to sleep - 85 or so of them the only edited versions we've got. Now there are only the verbatim versions of these posted on shunryusuzuki.com. Soon the early edits will be there as well. And will feature them one by one here on cuke when the Wind Bell lecture series is finished in a couple of months.   

Oh yes - the Internet might not be so good where we're going for the next eight days. Hope I can upload. - dc - posted in Saunters


10-12-14 - From Hideko Oga: My friend, Rev. Akiyama sent me an e-mail but he forgot the photo to attach. Then, he responded –  ”I sent you one of the most important Buddhist teachings in my last email, ‘Attachment is empty.' --- posted on Tozen Akiyama's cuke page


Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki working with Bob Watkins at Tassajara in 1967. SR0230 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes - but needs more notes. This is the 2nd of six stone work photos that will be posted.

To find out more about Bob or anyone mentioned on cuke, just put their name in the search box up top on this page or on the home page and see what comes up.

cuke photos page


Here's the 4th of four Gordon Geist light edits of Shunryu Suzuki lectures used in Not Always So that were missing from the collection on shunryusuzuki.com. See post below on 10-02-14 for the 1st and more info. The 2nd one went up on the 4th and the third on the 8th.

 

Lecture given on 71-02-12-B - was the source for the chapter  of Not Always So called "Not Sticking to Enlightenment" on p. 131.  - the light edit

A page for that lecture with links to other versions and audio.

--- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture posts page newly created today just for you and so that the main lecture page can be spiffy and unencumbered with all those notes.


On this day in 1903 my father, Kelroy Utley Chadwick, was born. Here's something I posted on him on Father's Day, 2007


Bule, or foreigners, sometimes warn that you can't trust locals in biz deals but Widya, our landlady has twice returned a goodly sum of loot that she said we'd overpaid for rent. They're very responsive as in having ceiling fans installed when we asked and storing all our stuff in an interim while we're gone for 18 days before returning with social and cultural visas and moving back in next door. Then for six months we won't have to leave.  I promised Katrinka while we're gone I wouldn't work over eight hours in a day. I think she's got an exaggerated idea about that. - posted in Saunters


10-11-14 - Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1991 Wind Bell volume 25, 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 # 81 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize - most deserving. All praise to them. - dc - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


ZEN AT WAR” BRIAN VICTORIA: THROWING BOMBS AT KODO – by Jundo Cohen in Sweeping Zen - posted in the Brian Victoria cuke page with a great photo of Brian and Kodo.

 

photo lifted from Sweeping Zen site

 


Gasoline here in Indonesia is subsidized and is about half that in the US which is half that in Europe and in Indonesia it went up by 44% last year and is getting ready to go up by at least that much again early next year. Taxis are pretty cheap now but transport and food prices will rise. People will not be happy about that. Maybe mass transit will improve and the plethora of vehicles will diminish, their sizes shrink. Sunset time - outside it's glowing pink. - posted in Saunters


10-10-14 - Here's the 3rd of four Gordon Geist light edits of Shunryu Suzuki lectures used in Not Always So that were missing from the collection on shunryusuzuki.com. See post below on 10-02-14 for the 1st and more info. The 2nd one went up on the 4th and the third on the 8th.

 

Lecture given on 70-03-15 - was the source for the chapter  of Not Always So called "Everyday Life is like a Movie" on p. 49.  - the light edit

A page for that lecture with links to other versions and audio.

--- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture posts page newly created today just for you and so that the main lecture page can be spiffy and unencumbered with all those notes.

For the whole archive go to shunryusuzuki.com

Gorden Geist memories of SR - 15 years ago


Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki working with Phillip Wilson at Tassajara in 1967 or 68. SR00094 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes - but needs more notes. This is the first of six stone work photos that will be posted.

cuke photos page

 


Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 25 - 1987

from Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Katrinka has found that hanging some charred bamboo helps with the smell of things as it absorbs odors caused by dampness or making bathrooms without the proper traps to create a barrier to noxious odors which are common here in Asia including Japan. - posted in Saunters


10-09-14 - Dennis McNally has a new book: On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

That book hasn't made it yet to Dennis' Amazon book page


Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki in monk's begging gear on one of his visits to Japan from the US. That's Hoitsu his son to the left and maybe members of the Sokoji San Francisco congregation to the right. SR0176 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes but needs more notes.

cuke photos page

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1991 Wind Bell volume 25, 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 # 80 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Earliest example of human art found in Indonesia - I guess the word "human" is extra but it sounds better to me with it - dc- posted in Saunters because it's what's happening in these parts.


10-08-14 -

Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki in the background with the high ceremonial hat. Maybe that's Maezumi to his right. SR0152 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes

cuke photos page


Here's the 3rd of four Gordon Geist light edits of Shunryu Suzuki lectures  used in Not Always So that were missing from the collection on shunryusuzuki.com. See post below on 10-02-14 for the 1st and more info. The 2nd one went up on the 4th.

Lecture given on 71-02-12 - was the source for the chapter "Not Sticking to Enlightenment" on p. 131.  - the light edit

A page for that lecture with links to other versions and audio.

--- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture page  but for the whole archive go to shunryusuzuki.com

Gorden Geist memories of SR - 15 years ago


Jerry Bollick's blog and poetry.

Jerry Bolick on his history with the Buddhist Bookstore and Ananda Claude Dalenberg


Just getting ready to watch the rising of a full moon in full eclipse. Here's a page for it for Denpasar. Lots of ceremonies going on. Fantastic music and processions on the beach, one with a row of at least 100 women dressed in beautiful traditional garb balancing tall baskets of offerings on their heads followed by men in white playing dreamy gamelan music. They came down the street to the beach onto the sand then down it the back up to some temple. - posted with representative photo in Saunters


10-07-14 - Mark Foote writes: Here's one for ya:  a piece on Fuxi's poem (as translated by Andy Ferguson) that I hope represents a coherent description of practice: Zen Mudra - Fuxi

posting on Others Contribute


Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki with Yvonne Rand in his study and meeting room at Page St. City Center in SF. SR0002 in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes

cuke photos page


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1990 Wind Bell volume 24, 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 # 79 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Some drizzles this morning. First precipitation in a couple of months as I recall.  - posted in Saunters


10-06-14 -  Some early pages of Snail Zen by Marian Derby - in Group I  of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives

Marian Derby Wisberg cuke page

And just added this note to Marian's cuke page: Massive correspondence between Fran and Marian is now in the cuke archives - too much to process and post though someone else can do it later. - DC


  - Click to enlarge today's photo of a bunch of us after some ceremony at Tassajara before or after the official posed photo - probably after my shusho, head monk, ceremony in the spring of 1974. - DC Not from the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes though there is probably the same photo there. The last of four from Richard Baker scanned in Crestone, Colorado.

cuke photos page


Chris Pirsig was a student at the San Francisco Zen Center who was murdered in a random killing while he was walking down the Laguna Street in 1979. I wrote a song after his funeral. Here's a page on Defuser Music for that song with the words and a link to a recording I made at the time. It's called And We'll Miss You. - DC


10-05-14 - Here is a link to the 4-minute trailer for Painting Peace: The Art and Life of Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi cuke page

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1990 Wind Bell volume 24, 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 # 78 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

A Gamelan medley - posted in Saunters


10-04-14 - Click to enlarge today's photo of Shunryu Suzuki in front of his cabin at Tassajara. Not from the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive with notes though there is probably the same photo there. This is a cropped one I think - maybe from opening day. One of four from Richard Baker scanned in Crestone, Colorado.

cuke photos page


 

Here's the 2nd light edit of two (now four) Gordon Geist light edits of Shunryu Suzuki lectures used in Not Always So that were missing from the collection on shunryusuzuki.com. See post below on 10-02-14 for the 1st and more info.

69-06-22 - Direct Experience of Reality - the light edit

A page for that lecture with links to other versions and audio.

--- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture page  but for the whole archive go to shunryusuzuki.com


balloonsHappy Birthday to Kelly Chadwick, born this day 41 years ago at Green Gulch farm in the little room above the kitchen at the top of the stairs. Thanks to Daya Goldschlag for the enormous effort she made in giving birth. Check out Kelly's biz, Spirit Pruners - in Spokane, WA.  - Good going Kelly. - your loving father, DC

 - posted in family


For the 2nd day in a row, there was several hours of traditional Indonesian gamelan music coming from the school next door. Here's a few minutes of simple gamelan music with explanatory notes. What was coming from the school was more complicated and varied with occasional vocals - posted in Saunters


10-03-14 - Join Barbara Wenger at the Nov. 5 Greens dinner and event in San Francisco celebrating twenty years of Community Grows.

Explore Community Grows

posted in Ads and Announcements and  Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Photo of folks at The Lighthouse Bali, a substance abuse program center Katrinka has been involved with. Click on thumbnail to see photo larger on Saunters page.

 

 


Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1989 Wind Bell volume 23, 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 # 77 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


Kazuaki Tanahashi answers question about character Shunryu Suzuki used after his name in calligraphy for Beginner's Mind posted yesterday.

(pronounced "sō" meaning "Old Man."

Thanks Kaz - DC

 

Kazuaki Tanahashi cuke page


10-02-14 - Today's image is Shunryu Suzuki's calligraphy for Beginner's Mind that was scanned from a first edition of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

click on thumbnail to see it large and read more.

 


Going through what transcripts we have and making a chart. Gordon Geist in Norway did a bunch of light edits of verbatim Shunryu Suzuki lectures including all of the lectures that comprised Not Always So, a collection of Suzuki's lectures edited by Edward Brown. Gordon translated it into Norwegian as he did ZMBM. He did all that years ago. I noticed in the chart that there were two (now four) Suzuki lectures that were part of Not Always So that didn't have light edits by Gordon so I emailed him and he sent them. I forwarded them to Peter Ford who operates shunryusuzuki.com these days and he included them there. So here's the first one:

69-03-09 - Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha - the light edit

A page for that lecture with links to other versions and audio.

--- posting on cuke's Shunryu Suzuki lecture page which is a big mess but there are lots of cool links on it for enthusiasts. But it's not organized and much more complete like shunryusuzuki.com


USF John Nelson eight month Far West Passage Blog - Bali page.

And be sure to see the post about his new book, Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan, at 9-29-14 below. - a

 - Saunters guest post


Thinking about ISIS or IS or ISIL in light of having just read Brian Victoria's War on Zen --- (Brian Victoria cuke page).

I have noticed certain unwholesome thoughts arising that I don't think are helpful. So I'm making an effort to replace them with the visualization of all the weapons disappearing. That won't be much help to people who are being massacred but that's the best I can do now. When I was in high school I'd say I'd let someone kill me before I'd fight back. I never have been in a fight. I hit a kid once in the sixth grade just to see what it was like and I still feel bad about it. A dear friend of mine who shared my thoughts that Pres Reagan was causing a lot of suffering said she wished he were dead and I said I don't think that's a good thing to wish for anyone. So I have a history of pacifist leanings but also of thoughts of extinction which I give in to at times but which once again I'm wishing to extinguish. I do think that there is a general world-wide tendency to use violence to solve problems. That seems to keep proving that violence leads to violence. I also think that Gandhi's methods would not have worked so well with ISIS or Sadam Husein or Hitler. We never know what we're going to do until a moment arrives but we do take aim with intentions and thought habits. There have been pilots who reported they tried to shoot down a UFO and that their controls wouldn't work - so see - there's proof positive that such technology can be developed here. That's what I'm visualizing. - DC  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


10-01-14 - Congratulations to Chris Rand and Francesca Stauffacher on getting hitched. Chris is the son of Yvonne Rand and recently departed Kendrick Rand. I remember Chris from 66 when I first arrived at Sokoji. He's the guy who makes the Ten Thousand Year Clocks.

 

 


Zen in America filming and ongoing fundraising needs – UPDATE


 

 

 

 

 

 

Shunryu Suzuki lecture from the 1989 Wind Bell volume 23, 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 # 76 of 110 selections (approximately). - in 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives


 

Some Bali observations

Humming kites, humming and whistling bamboo poles stuck in rocks or sand at the windy beach. - more in Saunters



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