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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This

The other day someone whom I met in New York came yesterday he came to San Francisco and I saw him and he is working with U Thant for eighteen years and he is from the same country with U Thant. And he practiced various ways and he told me what kind of experience he had and he asked me, “Which is your practice?”

On Philip Whalen

An Interview by Norman Fischer with Alice Notley

thanks David Silva

Norman Fischer - books - Everyday Zen

Philip Whalen - cuke page

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pain

If you want to find out some encouragement in your discouragement, when you get tired of, that is the encouragement. You encourage yourself when you get tired of it, or when you don’t want to do it, that is the warning. Like when you have a tooth ache when your teeth are not good. When you feel some pain in your teeth you go to the dentist. That is our way.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-13 found onshunryusuzuki.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.

Trump Wants To Cut Russia Sanctions In Return For Nuclear Arms Deal

Trump raised the prospect of the first major step towards nuclear arms control since President Barack Obama struck a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia in 2010. “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”
Looking for the good in people.
Thanks Gregory Wonderwheel for transcended Trump

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stages

In Hinayana Buddhism they classify our practice in four ways. The best way is just to do it without having any joy (even spiritual joy) in it. Just do it, forgetting our physical and mental feeling -- just do it and forget all about yourself in your practice. This is the fourth, highest stage.

Shoko Okamoto RIP

Shoko Okamoto - One of three dharma heirs of Shunryu Suzuki. Learned from Shunryu's son Hoitsu in July at Baker's Johanneshof that Shoko had died a year before. Finally got a page together on him.

The other two dharma heirs are Hoitsu to the left and Zentatsu Richard Baker.

Photo by Bill Schwob is Hoitsu and Shoko at Zounin holding Shunryu's master Gyokujun So-on's bow which it was said that few but him could open. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Secret

Even in wrong practice, when you realize it, and continue it, that is right practice. Our practice cannot be perfect. But without being discouraged by it to continue it, in short, is the secret of practice.    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-13 found onshunryusuzuki.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.

B.J. Miller and Zen Hospice

NY Times - thanks Zentatsu Richard Baker

Saw Miller's Ted Talk a while back. Impressive super active triple amputee. I was on the SFZC board when we voted to support the hospice brainchild of Martha Freebaron Smith and others like Issan Tommy Dorsey, forgotten in the brief history. Details later. Am looking into it. Anyone who knows anything and wants to write a brief something please do. Like Rick Levine who was an involved MD Zennie. - dc

Zen Hospice site

Santhara - cuke death with dignity page

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Compare

If you see people involved in various practices, you can compare your practice with the their practice and then you will feel true gratitude for our way.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-04-13 found onshunryusuzuki.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.

Shodo Harada