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Monday, September 26, 2016

Activity

When we are reading or thinking, our minds are not as full of activity. When we are involved in physical activity, then the mind is at full operation -- it is open. When we are thus attentive and one with our activity, we can deepen our understanding. When we practice this way, everything that happens is within our mind and everything we are involved in is the content of our practice.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.

Earlist Tassajara area fire history

Reading about Church Creek Ranch history at the Ventana Wild site the other day came upon this bit of fire history and added it to the Tassajara Fire History page :

In June of 1902 The Caves ranch house was destroyed by fire. The following report about the particulars of the event is from Eleanor Chew's "Jamesburg Gleanings" column in the June 19th edition of the Salinas Weekly Index:

The home of Andrew Church at the Caves was totally destroyed by fire last Thursday morning about four o'clock. Mr. Church arose early, built a fire in the kitchen stove and without awakening the other inmate of the house, went to the dairy to skim milk; in a few minutes he observed smoke and rushed to the house calling to his family to get up; the flames spread so rapidly that they could not dress themselves but were obliged to run out in their night clothes to save themselves. It was impossible to save anything from the burning building and their entire supply of provisions, clothing and household goods was destroyed. There was no insurance. Mrs. Church, who has a young babe only two weeks old, was compelled to ride on horseback to the home of her brother Frank Bruce. The fire is supposed to have caught from the stove-pipe.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

lunch and dinner

Katrinka's in the States for a month so the variety of the meals has gone down but fortunately I love brown rice and we have a rice cooker. Soaked some non GMO soybeans and cooked them. Had them both for dinner last night plus some olive oil and gomashio on the rice and tahini and soy sauce with the beans, A little local water spinach cooked in a pan with a little water, some coconut water and almond milk mixed. What a meal. Bananas with cashew butter for breakfast then for lunch, more rice and soy - cold out of the fridge (heat it in body) with the same additions. Almost time for dinner. Let's see, how about some more brown rice and soybeans with water spinach? Will repeat till it's all gone. 

Inward

Awareness means that when reading, your mind should not get caught by any idea. It should remain open. Similarly with sights and sounds, don't allow your mind's self-awareness to get lost or absorbed. In other words, always remain conscious of what you are doing, of what is going on. In all our activities we should have inward eyes.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tumeric and Jamu

Tumeric, kunyit in Indonesian, is one of the herbs and spices I've gotten into here. I grate a tiny amount in with the mix for morning chai and a whole finger of it for an evening drink with hibiscus called rosela here. First got into it when a restaurant we went to featured jamu, a popular Indonesian drink, or tumeric tonis as another place calls it - cold or hot. Here's a page by a tumeric true believer. I'm skeptical of all these claims but I've made sure there's some oil with it since reading this - almond milk or coconut oil. And here's Cafe Jamu with how to make that drink. I usually add ginger but need to start including tamarind with it. - thanks Katrinka

Way

Awareness of Buddha nature or the solution to mu are not our only problems. So there is no need to be narrowly over-concerned with what Buddha nature refers to. You should not strain too hard to know what Zen is. One cannot study Zen in the usual manner. The way to study Zen is to be always aware of yourself, to be careful, to be sincere with yourself.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Student Films from SFSU

Just made a Youtube playlist for the five student films from San Franciso State University Cinema Dept. working with the SFZC, mainly Michael Wenger. That was in 1998. They used footage from existing footage mixing in new film, photos, Shunryu Suzuki lecture, and other audio.Also just replaced the ones on shunryusuzuki.com in the video section with better quality video. But Youtube is more user friendly. Two feature Suzuki lecture audio. The other three feature Jakusho Bill Kwong, Shinko Laura Kwong, and Yvonne Rand, each speaking on an aspect of Shunryu Suzuki. - dc

If there's no wind that is

Everyone knows that Buddha nature is everywhere and includes everything. But if we all are Buddha, why practice zazen? Consider the air - it too is everywhere, but until we use a fan, we are not aware of it. Zazen may be likened to the fanning.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-22 about Joshu's koan Mu - from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.]

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Reflecting

In reflecting on our problems, we should include ourselves together with the problems. Then we are reflecting from the perspective of the world of consciousness.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-03-12 from Tony Artino notesEdited by DC - Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. - Go to cuke.com Wha at's New (now at blogger) to see more daily posts.] 

Bathtubs in Bali

We rarely see a bathtub. There are some nice showers here, however. The one in the photo is a couples' shower off Trip Advisor, not ours. I took a hot bath in a large tub in Germany almost every night. Not many bathtubs in lots of Asia. Japan of course has the best tubs where one sits rather than lie. I wonder about Korea. Can't remember. Not in India even in some nice homes I was in but it's a big complex place and I just experienced a millionth of it.