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Saturday, December 10, 2016

RIP Bob Bunryu Watkins

Dear friend, Tassajara's first work leader, and co-founder with Kobun Chino of Hokoji in Arroyo Seco above Taos, New Mexico. Learned from Vanja Palmers who said Bob passed two days ago. Here's a page for Bob on cuke with links to interviews and a piece I just put together on him called On Bob Watkins. Tomorrow more links and photos.

There he is in front of his trailer at Duane Hopper's place in Taos. - dc

Update: Just got this.

Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard Bunryu Bob Watkins entered parinirvana on December 8th at 3 PM. He was at home surrounded by friends and family. Bob, with Kobun's encouragement, planted the seed of Dharma in Taos and catalyzed the manifestation of Hokoji, our wonderful temple and practice place. We had a spontaneous ceremony of chanting the Heart Sutra and offering incense after our Thursday evening zazen and we dedicate the upcoming Rohatsu sesshin to Bob's ongoing good works. There will be a larger gathering of family and friends in the spring (date to be announced) where we will have some ceremony, an opportunity to share stories about Bob, and to inter his ashes at Hokoji. Join us as you are able, whether near or far, in the ongoing practice stream.

Best wishes,
Hokoji

Teacher

It is awful for you to believe you understand Zen and feel proud of this understanding. That is why you need a teacher - because a teacher is always watching you.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-05 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Fowl Neighbors

Next door there are caged song birds that start before sunrise. There is also a rooster that starts about that time and keeps going a good deal of the day, also caged, in a bell-shaped basket. Those rooster baskets are everywhere all over Bali. Cock fighting is a big deal here and it's done in and around temples. When I'm on the phone to someone in the States, which isn't offen, I'm usually asked by the person at the other end, "Is that a rooster I hear?" Yes. And there's more than one. There's been a new one over there for a while and it's got a different sort of crew. It's called an Indonesian Laughing Rooster. It sounds just as much like someone sobbing. There are examples on YouTube but none quite as extreme as the one next door. So cool.

Friday, December 9, 2016

No Need

You should do what you should do. There is no need to worry. Whatever you do is enlightenment, is zazen. But, if you attach to anything you are doing you go straight to the bottom of hell.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-05 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Just got a call from the woman in the Immigration department who's handling the extention of our Indonesian residence visas. Almost no foreigner I have met deals directly with the Immigration department. They wisely get an agent and communicate in English or Dutch or whatever and usually it all goes smoothly. But I like to try to do everything I can with locals in Indonesian. As a result it alls takes more time and is more complicated.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Within

The short-cut way to correctly realize Buddhism is to physically follow our way -- which is to seek for everything within yourself, within your big mind.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-05 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Congratulations!

For some of us anyway, like Japanese Buddhists. Anyway, it's a day to remind us who we are.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gain

Trying to gain something is a form of attachment; and if you attach to something, you loose everything else. If you give up everything, you gain everything.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpt from Tony Artino notes from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-05 found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC - Many Shunryu Suzuki lecture excerpts on cuke.com - from there links to much more. Going slowly through Suzuki transcripts featuring whatever is next that seems okay.

Bali South

Trash update - it's a global problem. It's noticed more here because of the enormous presence of foreigners.

- thanks Katrinka