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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rest of Tassajara Guest Season cancelled due to Fire

A letter about this from SFZC president, Susan O'Connell.

Statements

There’s no perfect word. It is always involved in something -- some distortion always follows a statement. But through statements we have to understand the fact, or the event, or something which has happened to us.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-02-02Edited 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, August 26, 2016

Beautiful Bali Scene painted by Arthur Okamura

This painting is for sale by his daughter Jane. Go to Arthur's memorial page to learn more and see it larger. Arthur was a well-known and well-loved artist and art teacher in Northern California. He sat with Shunryu Suzuki and continued a friendly relationship with Suzuki's sangha till he died seven years ago. Please help our dear friend Jane. - dc

Feel Good

So that is why our mind is called cosmic mind. The mind which is ready to accept things -- because the activity of our mind is just to amplify or feel good through various experiences, through the activity of your mind.    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Continued from Yesterday's excerpt) [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-01-12Edited 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, August 25, 2016

Amplify

And your mind does not expect anything from outside, so your mind is always filled, and even though your mind has waves it is not disturbed mind, it is actually more amplified mind. Whatever you experience it means amplifying your mind. You find various meanings of your own mind. It is not disturbance. Do you understand the difference between the two understandings of your mind? Mind which includes everything, mind which is related to something else. Actually the two are maybe the same thing, you know, but understanding is different, or attitude toward your life if different. This is Buddhist understanding of your mind.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-01-12Edited 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.]

On Sitting in General

Here's an article on the dangers of prolonged sitting in a chair.  As is usual in this discussion, there's no consideration of sitting on the floor or with legs up which I find works better for me. I sit that way most the time but have it set up so can put my legs down for a break. Took a while but found an article on sitting on the floor here. The author is most pro doing that.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Essence

So essence of mind -- that is the religious feeling. That mind is pure, even though you have waves in your mind, that is pure mind, clear water with some waves. And you have some security in your feeling when you understand your mind in that way.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-01-12Edited 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.]

Good Doomsday Article

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Big Mind

If your mind is not related to anything else, with the understanding of mind, something which you feel is just the waves of your mind. There is no dualistic understanding in the activity of your mind. That mind is the big mind which is not related to anything else.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-01-12Edited 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.]

Photo Archive Notes Upgrade

Have been spending a ridiculous amount of time - like two weeks - going over the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive adding names, dates, places, making a lot of corrections and a good deal of guessing and question marks inserted, notes of questions to ask others, and so forth. The photo on the left (SR0090) is one of the few group pics like this also one of the few without Suzuki as this is a Suzuki photo archive. Let me know at (dchad at cuke.com) if you can put a name where there's a question mark. Also, if you can add to the info on any other photo that would be appreciated. Have done work on these photos before but never this thoroughly. Not quite through with this pass. I wonder about all the other photos at the SFZC and elsewhere - tasks for others.  - dc