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What's New from August till now 2013


July


7-31-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

 

Starting Group D

 

Four Bodhisattva Vows - DC notes

 

Chronology notes

 

Break time photos - Los Altos?

 

Couple ordained - article on Ron and Joyce Browning, ordained as priests by Shunryu Suzuki before they went to Japan to enter monasteries


I'm unclear on the right to die cases reported on BBC today. Can't they just stop intake? stop eating and drinking or being nourished intravenously? Is there an assumption here that they want to be given a lethal shot or is the British government prohibiting them from turning off their support? Posting this in the Santhara section of the Death and Dying department. - dc

 


 

7-30-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

 

More from  Bob Watkins Folder

 

Tassajara fundraising brochure - 1967? - written by Richard Baker

 

Zen in America fundraising brochure - 1968? - written by Richard Baker

 

While we made PDFs from the thousands of pages scanned in Fort Worth in the last few months, we also made JPEGs. Here's one of a flyer for a Tassajara fundraising reading by Gary Snyder in March of 1967. Thanks Gary. - dc

 

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And that's it for Bob Watkins' folder. Thanks Bob. - dc


7-29-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

 

More from  Bob Watkins Folder

 

San Jose Mercury News article on Tassajara (assume it's 1967)


Frank Anderton writes: Illegal Surveillance!


Told the guy at the counter of the gas station that had that sign posted on 7-27 that I'd put it here on cuke and he asked if I'd noticed the banner over the door. I went out and looked at it, came back and said what about it? He said to look again. Check it out.

 

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7-28-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

 

More from  Bob Watkins Folder

 

Berkeley Barb article on Tassajara (67 as I recall. I remember how the reporter who hated the Zen macrobiotic diet said he tried to get something negative out of Suzuki about it but couldn't. Wonder if we can locate the Berkeley Barb presentation of the Heart Sutra with a naked woman superimposed over the words. I used to enjoy reading the personals in back which were shockingly uncensored for that time. The only one I remember, "You name it - I'll do it." - dc)

 

Adding Tassajara work assignments to the list from yesterday


7-27-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

 

A week ago passed through Taos, dropped by Bob Watkins'  trailer to say hi with Brigid Meier (old timers my remember her as Barbara). Bob was the work leader of the first practice period at Tassajara in 1967. He's turning 80 next month, had been at the flea market all day. More on him later. A few years ago, when Clay and I were passing through, he gave me a packet of materials. Here are a bunch of them - schedules and stuff from back then. They'll go in the Bob Watkins Folder.- dc

 

August schedule

 

sesshin schedule-1

 

sesshin schedule-2

 

another schedule - daily

 

yet another schedule

 

zc-zmc-card-monk - not sure where this is from, maybe a Wind Bell.

 

student work assign

 

Zenshinji (Tass) opening ceremony program


Group C all reloaded and aok.


Must share this sign at the gas station next door to the motel I'm staying at in Reno. - dc

 

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7-26-13 - Nature Bats Last - Guy McPherson sees near term extinction. - thanks Brigid Meier


In Ely NV. Remembering where I've been this meandering home. Dinner with my fine Santa Fe hostess Melissa Savage and old Suzuki student friend Jonathan Altman. And when Daya then Dianne and I were at Glenwood Hot Springs where I was yesterday and their largest hot pool in the world. She and I were hidden in the steam rising into the cold January, 1973 air. I have always said that our son Kelly was conceived at Jonathan's Taos home. But maybe it was in the large pool at Glenwood Hot Springs. - dc


2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Accidentally lost Group C this morning. Wireless in Ely, NV, too weak to reload the larger PDFs. Will get it back maybe later today or tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We'll see. Anyway, here are the new ones for today. [fixed the next day]

Vern Olson scrollett on Shunryu's last message

Weather report for time and place of Shunryu's birth (Thus, the opening sentence of Crooked Cucumber)


7-25-13 - Fund to help Dianne Di Prima, diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease


2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Tassajara 25 year anniversary book - 1967-1992


Early morning light in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sounds of cars. From Aspen to Basalt the HOV diamond lane was on the right side for carpools and exiting. Never saw that before. Remembering fox playing with deer at Crestone Mt. ZC, looking at me and not running off, nibbling on leaves. Reminded of fox at Tassajara during break of first sesshin there in summer of 1967. I'd walked out to Grasshopper Flats, was standing under tree looking up at mountains and clouds. Then that fox came by, curled up at my feet and went to sleep. I continued to stand motionless. After a few minutes the fox got up and sauntered off. - posted in dc misc


7-24-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Tassajara Springs brochure - pre ZC (early sixties)

Silas Hoadley 1970 April list of students accepted for summer

Alden Truesdell Christmas message (a Fort Worth mystical Christian teacher who died a few decades ago)


Leaving Crestone Mt. ZC today. Ryaku Fusatsu last night - the Japanese Soto Zen version of Wesak. Back home in Marin Saturday eve. On the way, Bikram in Basalt, hot sulfur water in Glenwood Springs giant pool, Grand Junction, Ely, Spencer Hot Springs off the road before Austin, NV, Bikram in Reno, Nevada City. That's an average of 5.5 hours of driving a day. Here we go. - dc


7-23-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Stunkard errata for Crooked Cucumber pertaining to Suzuki's cancer - bad spots on scan on fax too


Interesting brief article on climate change figuring, the future and future people discounted by economists, most of whom depend on corporate support. An article by Eric Zuesse who also recently published They're Not Even Close comparing Republican and Democratic economies from 1910 on and this book on the birth of Christianity. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Created a page for Ahdel's music starting with the sheet music for her song Metropolitan Melody which is to be performed by an ensemble in Fort Worth, Texas.


7-22-13 - Fire near Tassajara contained. Tassajara Facebook page

 


In response to Narcissus quoting Suzuki Roshi saying his robes were his prison , an alert reader (MK) sent this quote:

"Yesterday I-I talked about something about freedom. Real freedom is, you know, to feel freedom wearing robe-this kind of, you know, troublesome robe. Instead of, you know, [being] bothered by this busy life, we should wear this, you know, civilization without, you know, being bothered by it, without ignoring it, without being caught by it. So without going somewhere, without escaping it, we should-we should have composure, you know, in this busy life." [That's from the Not Always So lecture]


I'm at Crestone Mt. ZC for a few days meandering home. Great being here. Want to tell about the visits before here and will get to that soon. - dc


Ahdel Chadwick Estate sale in Fort Worth Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 26-28- check it out. This is where I lived from the age of 12 to 18 and where I've visited and where I've just left for good. Signing it over to new owner on Monday next. - dc


7-21-13 - Narcissus Robert Quagliata on Shunryu Suzuki - 2012 emails to DC

 

Narcissus cuke page


The above post is a good example of how poorly presented material is on cuke. There's no indication of what treasures are revealed at those links. Narcissus has most revealing comments on Suzuki Roshi and is himself an amazing person, surely the most significant stained glass artist in the world. [more].


WSJ - Rise of the Warrior Cop


7-20-13 - Firefighting continues near Tassajara. Check up on it at the Tassajara Facebook page

 

cuke page on the history of fire at Tassajara


Reminder: Shunryu Suzuki Facebook page called Suzuki Roshi.


7-19-13 - As for the Tassajara fire, MK reports: 15% contained after cold humid night, 350 people working it today, road closed except for fire vehicles. Nobody worried.  And he sent this link to the Tassajara Facebook page.


7-18-13 - Forrest fire near Tassajara

 

Where is Tassjara's Facebook page? Can someone send me a link to it? When I write Tassajara in FB I get this. - DC

 

David Zimmerman Tassajara's Facebook page:

 

Post #1: 6:00pm

 

A fire of approximately 200 acres is currently burning in the vicinity of Tassajara, several miles away. Four air tankers , five helicopters and over 150 fire personnel are working on the blaze that broke out about 1pm this afternoon. They are dumping lots of flame retardant and water, and beginning to engage the fire by hand, and it seems to be settling down. There are also plenty of fire personnel at Tassajara, although Tassajara is on voluntary evacuation alert. Guests and students who felt inclined have left. Greg Fain, Head of Practice, says that he feels “very safe” and not too concerned.

 

Interesting timing, as the July 10 was the 5th anniversary of the 2008 Basin Complex fire that passed through Tassajara five years ago.

 

Post #2: 8:30pm

 

Update on the Tassajara Fire -- Tassajara director, Linda Galijan, just met with Pete Harris, Fire Incident Commander. They dropped 8 firefighters near the fire by helicopter earlier this afternoon, they worked for awhile, and walked out. Pete says that the fire is generally laying down well, however, the terrain and access are making it difficult to fight the fire, which is located around the confluence of Church and Tassajara Creeks. The area burned in 2008, so there are lots of dead trees, and they are falling and making passage up the creek difficult. Helicopters just stopped flying for the night.

 

Early tomorrow morning, 8 fire crews (20 persons each) will be dropped in by helicopter (they made landing pads near the fire for the purpose today). Pete expects fire crews will be working through tomorrow, and maybe the next day. They are not currently expecting crews to encamp at Tassajara. We don’t yet know what any of this means for Tassajara Rd., and whether anyone would be able to come in tomorrow, or by what time. We should know more in the morning.

 

--- thanks Michael K


7-17-13 - Master Artist Narcissus Robert Quagliata Comes to Santa Fe (that's today) Details

Have recently posted two PDFs about this most wonderful stained glass master and Suzuki student.

Narcissus Quagliata on Shunryu Suzuki just four days ago

Narcissus Quagliata - an article from the 1983 Art Glass Quarterly - his web site (nine days ago)

Am also in possession of lengthy piece Narcissus wrote on Shunryu Suzuki that he wanted to go over before it's posted. Will remind him of that tonight.

Thanks M Katz for alerting me to today's event


Meandering back to the Bay Area. In the last few days have met with Zen folks in Norman, OK, and Albuquerque, NM, and done yoga in Amarillo on the way and now am in Santa Fe for a few days and have a bunch of old friends and one new one to see before Saturday morning meet with Zennies in Taos. Then to Crestone. Will provide details and links as time permits. Love, dc


7-16-13 - Suzuki Roshi and the Modern  Soto Denomination

Sati Conference  May 30, 1998

by Prof. Richard Jaffee

This talk was also in an issue of the SFZC Wind Bell. (Yesterday's PDF post of Richard's notes had some blank spots so I emailed him for the article. Haven't checked yet to see if it's got the missing data but it's great to have this talk from him. Thanks Richard. - DC


[from TruthDig] Sea Levels ‘Are Set for Continuing Rise’ - Predictions of possible global temperature rise by the end of this century suggest that sea levels could rise by more than two meters, much further than scientists had thought. (DC's italics. Something I keep pointing out - climate change news frequently has this sort of comment with it - either much further than thought before or much faster or much worse or some new factor that makes it worse or faster.) - posing in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


7-15-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Interview notes

Richard Jaffee notes on Shunryu Suzuki influences - has to be rescanned or replaced

Carl Bielefeldt talk on Suzuki - some bad spots in scanning


7-14-13 - My friendship with Marian Derby Wisberg by Fran Thompson

 


7-13-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Shunryu Suzuki notes for his eulogy for Trudy Dixon


7-13-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Narcissus Quagliata on Shunryu Suzuki


7-12-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Shunryu Suzuki (?) writing-jp - says from appointment book but that may be wrong - to In Japanese Scans

Shunryu Suzuki CV in his hand with notes (by Peter Schneider?) starting with Sokoji abbots list

Shunryu Suzuki CV typed


Off to Oklahoma at noon


7-11-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

1969 interview with Joshu Sasaki by Bob Halpern and DC at the Cimarron Zen Center in LA. Present also were Susan Chadwick, and two translators.


Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple bombed - Lor


7-10-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Letter to Grahame Petchey about Nona Ransom from English Quaker

Sandokai study by DC worked on while Suzuki gave lectures with kanji by Yoshimura


The Art of Khalila Friedman - a Facebook page


7-09-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Note from Edward Brown on the source Suzuki lectures in Not Always So - these lectures are so indicated in shunryusuzuki.com where one can bring up a list of these lectures in the New Search Form or see them marked in the Compact List. Books by and about Shunryu Suzuki

Shohaku Okumura 1999 letter to Grahame Petchey with a Crooked Cucumber mention

Philip Whalen poem Hymnus in his own hand


I once contacted an outsourcing agency in India about transcribing and just received a reminder email from my contact there and am considering using them to help with cuke. Told him to remind me in a month. But I wonder if Warren (see below) would be better in the long run. - dc


Warren Lynn wrote a poem for an orchid named for Ahdel.


7-08-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Narcissus Quagliata - an article from the 1983 Art Glass Quarterly - his web site

Thanks to Warren Lynn for over 5000 pages scanned in the last few months - for family, Ahdel's and my music, and a massive amount of Crooked Cucumber archives. And thanks for accepting the scanner, my old Netbook, and a box of more paper, to continue that noble work. - dc


Goodbye dear Fort Worth home and good neighbors. [more]


7-07-13 - It's ten thirty in the morning. Three hours before we're outa here. Then off to yoga and to Houston for a few days. Then back to the Bay Area, dropping Katrinka off at DFW on the way, then Norman, OK City, Santa Fe, Taos, Crestone, and west. - dc


7-06-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

1961 Letter to Jean Ross from Kyoto - maybe from Bill McNeil

Note from Peter Matthiessen on Crooked Cucumber for blurb


7-05-13 - David Schneider reports on Kobun Chino's Stupa Opening


2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Rick Levine's 1999 letter on Crooked Cucumber with some errata suggestions.

DC letter on LA Smith, HS English teacher exceptional - sent to dear departed friend Amrita Shlacter for an article she was writing on Smith for the Fort Worth Star Telegram.


balloons7-04-13 - Happy birthday USA. Thinking of FDR's Four Freedoms for all.


 

 

2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

Herb Caen's column the day Shunryu Suzuki arrived

Herb Arnold - beyond function

One of Huston Smith's letters of support for the Crooked Cucumber Archives.


7-03-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Now on Group C

DC Genjo Koan study book - Did this when I was director at Tassajara - summer of 1974 through summer of 75.

Grant application recommendation for Peter Schneider - 1962


7-02-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Beginning Group C

Notes on meaning of Suzuki's notes in notebook he was using on way to US 0m 1959

DC Eko Study Book made in 1970 while Shunryu Suzuki lectured on these merit dedicating chants recited at end of sutra. Right now there's a note from a SFZC librarian as the first page. Kanji by Yoshimura.


7-01-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - Calvin Steimetz about a BCA (Buddhist Churches of America) annual seminar of Buddhist groups and teachers.      Trudy Dixon - sent to Shunryu in Japan October 1966.


June


6-30-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - Two letters in the early sixties from Sally Unger

                                                      A letter from Saul Warkov - 9/29/62 - with a great story from Jewish lore about being away from one's master.

A resume, maybe to go with the CVs or maybe submitted for his own reasons by Ralph Lester Wire, a name not noticed before, -  with character references. Suzuki Roshi I doubt would have asked for that. - dc


6-29-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - Marlene Caspari (10-02-62), Phillip Wilson - 1964 on the way to Japan, Peter Schneider - early sixties from Kalamazoo, Michigan


Finished scanning all the documents brought to Fort Worth yesterday - Cucumber Project and personal stuff - except for a few set aside for expert scanner Warren Lynn to do later (like SFZC board notes during Shunryu's life). Leaving him the scanner and my old Netbook so he can continue this noble work. Nine days to go. Must concentrate on what's to be done before we leave town. - dc


6-28-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - Three letters from Marian Derby (Mountain) later to be Wisberg


6-27-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - from Li Gotami Govinda

                     from Joe Phelan, student of Soyu Matsuoka in Chicago

                    from Julia Laurin in Japan with Grahame and Pauline Petchey and Phil Wilson


Adding photo of Brian Eppes and son Seth with Katrinka to Brian Eppes memorial page.


6-26-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - from Richard Baker - 1965


Farewell Brian Eppes and condolences to his son with my mate Katrinka, Seth. Brian was one of the early light show wizards in the San Francisco sixties scene. Check him out at these links:

Universolightforms with the Brotherhood of Light timeline

Wikpedia - Liquid Light Shows

Pooterland on Brotherhood of Light

Nostos Algo blog

Watch Brotherhood of Light Video

All praise to Katrinka for watching over Brian in his final struggle with Muscular Distrophy, helping him move from his condo in Marin to a convalescent home and into hospice, dealing with his stuff and comfort, visiting him regularly, keeping in touch with family. Good ex wife. - dc

posted in Brian Eppes memorial page


6-25-13 - 2013 Scans (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - Dorothy Schalk 1

       Letters to Shunryu Suzuki - Dorothy Schalk 2


Actually, counting today it's 13 days to go. [more in dc misc]


6-24-13 - 2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

        # 26 - Richard Baker lecture on day Shunryu Suzuki died - 71-12-04


13 days to go in the Fort Worth home [more in dc misc]


6-23-13 - 2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

        # 25 - Papers in Japanese from Shunryu Suzuki's room - including some of what his wife was throwing out when she left - retrieved from trash by Vicki Austin. Not sure where file names came from. - dc


Zen Is Right Here Romanian cover.


Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.
     – Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 2007

posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events - thanks A Main in SFe


6-22-13 - Shunryu Suzuki photo archive now has had a great deal of info entered under the photos thanks to Peter Ford who also created this excellent photo display. Lots of info still to ad and surely some corrections to make, but this is a big step. We've got this collection digitized due to the efforts some years ago, maybe  ten, of Shinshu Roberts, who took the photos to Seattle or somewhere up there where a friend had a quality scanner. I'd added info to a small number of photos with the intention of getting back to that task before the end of time. In the current scanning of a backlog of materials, came upon a chart of the photos with explanations. Shinshu might have done this but I bet it was Bill Redican. Peter ran the PDF of that list through a OCR (optical character recognition) program and entered the data into the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive on Shunryu Suzuki dot com. It took some scattered villagers. Many more photos should be scanned in the SFZC catacombs and in scattered shoeboxes.. - dc


Sea of yogis in Times Square mark the summer solstice.


6-21-13 - An Image in Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki:

Front Matter including Kobun Chino and Katrin Otogawa's jointly calligraphed character for shine, hikari, on one of the opening pages of the book.


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

        # 24 - Early sixties SFZC students' CVs, something that was never done again as far as I know. - dc


16 days to go in Fort Worth home. Work continues going through things, leaving almost all for estate sale, scanning some material, calling the local historical society about turning over some of it - photos, letters, memorabilia going back 150 years. Will take some of course. Working with friend Warren also on scanning mothers' music and poems etc, backlog of Crooked Cucumber archive material (which is being posted little by little), and scanning my notebooks and loose sheets of songs written through the years (See Defuser Music dot Com). Extending the life of all this material a little bit longer - till it dissolves with all other phenomenal detritus. - dc


6-20-13 - An Image in Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki:

2nd Shunryu Suzuki English caligraph: Do not say too late. From Anecdote 123 - words.


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

        # 22 - Interview with Masaji Yamada by Kyoko Furuhashi

        # 23 - Masaji Yamada four statements - JP


6-19-13 - 2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

        # 21 - Images in Zen Is Right Here (scanned from the original version, To Shine One Corner of the World - Kobun Chino and Katrin Otogawa's jointly calligraphed character for shine, hikari, and two Shunryu Suzuki brushed English phrases


JPEG images

Back cover for the hardback Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (Thanks to Gregory Wonderwheel for scanning the back cover of the book back in 2000 and sending it in to replace the poorly done one that was here before. I was embarrassed to tell you I lost your scan. Just got around to replacing it. - DC)

An Image in Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki:

1st Shunryu Suzuki English caligraph: I hope you are enjoying the wisdom of the Buddha. From Anecdote 66 - hope


6-18-13 - Trungpa and Zen by David Schneider who writes "This article, I think from Tricycle, largely builds on material from the introduction to The Teacup and the Skullcup. However, starting with the second paragraph, there's a story about one of the times VCTR (Trungpa Rinpoche) visited Zen Center, and Suzuki Roshi was there. It goes for a while, and then the rest of the article is inserted, and then it picks back up at the end."

David Schneider cuke page


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

        # 19 -  Wind Bell 62 first page with Shinsanshiki poem. All the old Windbells will be here soon.

        # 20 -  June 1989 Article (in Jp) and photo with Elin Chadwick in Okayama, Japan, protest of what's called the Tiananmin Square massacre.


I say "what's called the Tiananmin Square massacre" because I read a long article in the Nation back then called something like "There Was no Massacre at Tiananmin Square" and if you do an Internet search on that you'll see more on this. But even these articles report that there were deaths outside of the square. Not something I want to get into further. - dc


6-17-13 - 2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 18 -  Sugizaki - JP - sent by Kirk Rhoads in the nineties from Yaizu. Must check to see if have translation.


 Leland SmithsonSpinoffs & Spin Backs in ZC Stories


Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning -  Here’s what to look for. - of all the false impressions that movies and TV give, the worst must be in the area of public safety. Although I just saw the excellent Sci Fi flick Gattaca and its two drowning scenes didn't have the usual misrepresentations. - dc


6-16-13 - 2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 16 -  SR (Suzuki Roshi) letter to Yamada at Eiheiji - jp

# 17 -  Tassajara Stupa for SR explanation (DC notes from early 72)


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

End Matter  (glossary, further reading, acknowledgments)


Alan Senauke writes Burma Unbound? on the Clear View Blog of the Clear View Project.


Thanks again Andrew M for correcting my careless errors, this time of writing Cannon for Canaan: All corrections gratefully received:

"#7 - New Cannon material"

I think you mean "New Canaan material", i.e. ancient (Biblical) name for the Levant -- not a big gun.

6-15-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 123rd anecdote - words - added answer, the words Suzuki wrote. Will include image soon.

That's the last anecdote.


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

#14 and 15 moved to group F (photo guide and intro)


Andrew Main sends a comment on the note and inscription the Dalai Lama wrote in Steve Frost's Kalachakra book

Meanwhile, Steve has added the translation of the inscription "to Rationale V If you want to see, scroll down to where the pictures start there a link to the inscription as well the translation in the blog."


Missed the iPhone 5 workshop this morning. Got the time wrong. [more in DC misc]


6-14-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 123rd anecdote - words


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 12 -  Alan Watts book (bio or autobio)  SR - notes

# 13 -  SR - obit - eng & jp


Clear View Project - featuring the new film Zen and War and doing other good work.


6-13-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 122nd anecdote - talk


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 11 -  Bill Shurtleff notes for Rinsoin scrap book


a New book by Brad Warner

THERE IS NO GOD AND HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU: A Search for God in Odd Places

A Talk with Brad Warner about this book

related videos with Brad - this one and this one and this one

Brad Warner is elsewhere on cuke. Do a site search for him using the search box above or a web wide search to learn even more.


6-12-13 - New Clappers for Mindfulness Practice Group of Annapolis

Ray Watkins made these beautiful kaishaku, clappers as used in Zen temples and I'm sure other temples and I guess secular uses in Japan and likely in China going back long way. Someone want to send a list of what they're used for at the SFZC? - dchad at cuke dot com


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 121st anecdote - grieve


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 8 -  Ohaka Zounin - jp

# 9 -  Shoganji (temple where Shunryu was born) - jp

# 10 - Silas' scroll - jp


When in Fort Worth, sit eves Monday at TCU and Thursday at a Catholic girls' school with the sangha of the Fort Worth Zendo, associated with the Dallas Maria Kannon.Zen Center.


6-11-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 120th anecdote - do


Keep forgetting to date these posts right. - dc


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 7 - New Canaan material - Deneal Amos' group in New Hampshire - would love to get any info on Deneal. - dchad[at]cuke.com

# 8 - Letter from Robert Pirsig on Crooked Cucumber with a reference to Thank You and OK (the war between the Nazis and the Gypsies) - too light - redo


Response to query of last August on meaning of The Dalai Lama's inscription in a book of Steve Frosts.'


The prior weekend's 50th HS reunion was fun and touching. But where did all the old folks come from? Here's a link page for it.


6-10-13 - Dogen's Explorations of Reality, a three session telecourse with Taigen Dan Leighton.

Taigen's cuke page


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 119th anecdote - future


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 5 - Kaz poem

# 6 - Mitsu Suzuki farewell talk - in her Japanese hand


Sunshine lost in Fort Worth (nice flyer niece Camille) - but I saw her on the back of the patio last night. She ran off when I called her. She was always an indoor cat that I'd started letting out for a few minutes a day till one day she wouldn't return. Susan sister said a vet told her all cats should be indoors. I agreed. Read this. And that doesn't even include this.


6-09-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 118th anecdote - extraordinary


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

# 3 - notes - questions for Kenji

# 4 - card from Natalie Goldberg about CC and TY


29 days to go in Fort Worth.


6-08-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 117th anecdote - cancer


2013 Scan B (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere}

Finished posting the first batch done in April. Today we begin posting PDFs of scans done starting in May.

# 1 - Burton Watson letter to DC on Thank You and OK! - Master translator of Buddhist and other Japanese - more on Watson.

# 2 - Some of the DC bio and CV material done in Japan for immigration. Note the phoney UC Berkley phony diploma made cause you have to have a college degree to teach English in Japan. But the immigration officer (who I wrote about in Thank You and OK! had seen so much by then he waved it aside saying, "Don't need - you've already shown PhD level." - dc


Saw that the Stolen Valor law was signed by Obama. You can now get a year in jail for lying about your war record. To me this is one of many many crimes that we will lock people in cages for doing when they are not dangerous. How unimaginative, cruel, and harmful. Why can't they do some sort of public penance, community service. I think I'll make this a cuke cause - take on the prison industry. Incarceration only for the dangerous. More on it later. - dc


6-07-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 116th anecdote - rock


One month to go in Fort Worth if all goes according to plan. Must concentrate on being ready to leave the house behind then and on finishing the mountain of Crooked Cucumber material there is to scan. Thus, only simple posts that aren't time consuming to prepare like yesterday's Schneider cuke page and the cilantro thoughts and even this. And there's other boring personal stuff...


6-06-13 - Philip Whalen overheard dis of Suzuki Shunryu - from Tensho David Schneider

Philip Whalen cuke page

There were so many contributions from Schneider on cuke that we created a cuke page for David Schneider - check it out.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 115th anecdote - broom


Study shows Cilantro aversion linked to genes and this made me remember... [more in dc misc]


6-05-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 114th anecdote - thesis


Three documents from Marian Derby Wisberg sent us seven years ago.

* a letter on the Los Altos Suzuki lecture tapes
* an article titled Beginner's Mind
* an article titled A Report on the Peninsula Branch of the San Francisco Zen Center.

Marian's cuke page


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere

These are all personal

Group A # 87 - Metropolitan Melody - song written by Ahdel and sung at her memorial

# 88 - Poems for Great Uncle Hugo's memorial

# 89 - The Chilly Chili of Chile - DC song c. 1955

# 90 - I Don't Want to Draw - DC 1962 (from HS art class)


6-04-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 113th anecdote - tree


Here's another photo [the top one] with Marian Derby Wisberg (Mountain) who recently passed on - but you can't see her face. She's second from the left.

Found it in Betty Warren photo and memorabilia collection which wasn't linked to the photo section and which was forgotten. Lots of stuff like that on cuke.

Didn't get it at first because I'd spelled Marian's name as "Marion." Spent a half hour fixing other places where I'd done that. Now even more mentions of Marian will come up if one does a site search - though it may take a few days for the search engines to have those corrections. - dc


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 84 - Anagarika Govinda review of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

# 85 - notes from student

# 86 - IF - a poem by DC (at age 8) - finding things going through house here in Ft. Worth. The original must have been illegible because this is my mother's handwriting.


6-03-13 - Here's the only photo I've found so far of Marian Derby Wisberg (Mountain) who recently passed on. It's from the archive of photos in Shunryu Suzuki dot com. She's the third from the right on the 2nd row. Could have missed some others with her. Will look further. Will find more. Much work to do on photos and naming. - dc

Here's another photo with Marian in it but you can't see her face. She's second from the left.

Found it in Betty Warren photo and memorabilia collection


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 112th anecdote - son


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 82 - Notes - Tim Buckley

# 83 - Yvonne Rand on SR - SFZC 98


Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans - just another article on climate change. An early sentence in the article is characteristic of reporting on this topic, not just now but way back - it's worse, happening faster than scientists previously thought, or some new factor that accelerates it.

A main finding is that the impact of global warming on the oceans might have been significantly underestimated: the oceans are absorbing far more heat than previously realized.


Assange on Google


6-02-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 111th anecdote - intoxicants


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 81 - Stunkard on Obesity ----cuke interview with Dr. Albert Mickey Stunkard


Bill Maher makes a strong pitch for finally legalizing pot.


Haven't gotten around to looking for photos of Marian Derby Wisberg (Mountain). Why don't you take a look in the archive of photos in Shunryu Suzuki dot com and if you don't know, make a guess and send the photo number to dchad@cuke.com.


6-01-13 - Robby Pellet, dharma heir of Hoitsu Suzuki (Shunryu's son and dharma heir) sits at One Pine Hall in Seattle.

There's a new newsletter out which one can access by going to the One Pine Hall website and clicking on the left arrow.

Robby writes:

I was able to go to Japan this spring to see Hojo-sama.  He and Chitose seem to love being grandparents. Hojo sama gave a dharma talk every day during morning Zazen.  It brought tears to my eyes to hear his Dharma.


After uploading today's posts, will look through the archive of photos in Shunryu Suzuki dot com for some with Marian Derby Wisberg (Mountain) who passed away at 90 on May 15t, Marian's cuke page.

Also - when the current projects are done - going through mother's home and other biz in Fort Worth, scanning a mountainous backlog from the Crooked Cucumber Archives - plan to go through the photo archive and identify who's who. It's set up for others to help on this as well. - dc


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 110th anecdote - goodnight


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 79 - Eric Storlie letter-1

# 80 - Awakening the Mindstone from Nothing on My Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters, and Life on the Dharma Trail. Shambhala, 1997. [A good picture of the sixties Zen Center, Suzuki, Katagiri, and students.] Eric Storlie link page


May


5-31-13 - We just learned that Marian Derby (Mountain) Wisberg died on May 15th. - Thanks to Blanch Hartman for calling me yesterday and passing on this news she'd received from Fran Thompson.

Read Fran Thompson's message on Marian's passing

We knew her as Marian Derby. She was the spirited, energetic, trailblazing student of Shunryu Suzuki who founded the Haiku Zendo in Los Altos and first recorded Suzuki's lectures - for a book that became Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. In the early seventies she married Jack Wisberg in Big Sur where they first lived - and took his name. She is known to many as Marian Mountain the pen name she used for her book, The Zen Environment: the Impact of Zen Meditation.

More on Marian at her cuke page - and more will be added later today and tomorrow.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 109th anecdote - stranger


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 77 - Notes from Stan White - '93

# 78 - Notes from Sue Roberts


5-30-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 108th anecdote - understand


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 74 - S. Hanna-Rhyne SR memory

# 75 - SR college thesis contents - thanks Gil Fronsdal

# 76 - SR letters to Tokujun (Grahame Petchey)

fixed numbering on these


Today is the 100th anniversary of the T-shirt. Check out cuke T-shirts and other consumer items at the Cuke Basket on Cafe Press.


5-29-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 107th anecdote - LSD


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 73 - SR lecture notes summer of 65


5-28-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 106th anecdote - birds


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 72 - Rumi Kawashiri 1969 paper on Sokoji and Zen Center


Oldest veteran story - 107 - wow - look at how he planned to spend the day yesterday and to what he attributes his healthy old age. Reminds me of the Okinawa woman a while back who, as I recall, was Guinness oldest person at 117 who drank shochu and smoked strong Peace cigarettes. Look at this list of oldest ever and some of their habits. Oh well. It's too late for me. I'm addicted to not doing those things and can't quit. - dc


5-27-13 - Happy Memorial Day - On this day when we honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. We go to war easily, full of enthusiasm, sparing no expense. We glorify the dead. We tend not to honestly question the wisdom of sending them, the wisdom of decisions made during their engagement. We don't ask how many died because of our negligence. We don't do so well with those who lived. We get cheap, express our gratitude in patriotic symbolism, neglect the people.

Which link to hit on homeless veterans?

Neglected Veterans  - Just one link. Find others.

Much profit is made through war. Should more of it go to neglected veterans? - dc


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 105th anecdote - shave


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 69 - SFZC lineage

# 70 - Henry Schaeffer notes

# 71 - Stuart Lachs on SR and the war


5-26-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 104th anecdote - back


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 66 - Bill Redican note

# 67 - Rick Levine SR memory

# 68 - Rebecca Mayeno (RIP) notes


Revised the story of how Music for a Comic Book Video came about.


5-25-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 103rd anecdote - read


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 65 - Remembering the Dragon - a short book on Shunryu Suzuki created by Gil Fronsdal for the 100th anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki's birth. Text only. $10 paper. order only from  SFZC Bookstore


A Message mainly to Californians from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture

This holiday weekend, we urge you to take a moment for California's youth. One final hurdle remains for passage of Senate Bill 61, a bill to limit the harmful practice of placing young people in solitary confinement in California. Thanks to your support, S.B. 61 passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee this past week, and the bill goes to the Senate floor on Tuesday for a vote.

Your support is needed in this final push for passage! Please take a moment this holiday weekend to express your support for S.B. 61 to your local Senator using the sample email we have prepared.


Fire Ants and a Dime - in DC Misc


5-24-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 102nd anecdote - notion


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to preserve and work with later anywhere)

Group A # 61 - Paul Lee letter

# 62 - Narcissus

# 63 - Narcissus on Shunryu Suzuki

# 64 - Suzuki excerpt from New Gods in America


say hi in DC Misc


5-23-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 101st anecdote - loaves


2013 Scan (getting the archive backlog on cuke to work with later anywhere)

Group A # 57 - Paul - awareness

# 58 - Pauline - dream

# 59 - Paul Lee letter - to Tokujun

# 60 - Phillip Wilson note


Esoteric local DC biz in the "too much info for most" category - lots


5-22-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 100th anecdote - self


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 53 - Ned Hoke letter

# 54 -  Niels Holm notes-1

# 55 - Niels Holm notes-2

# 56 - Notes-x

A reminder - while going through things here in Fort Worth and getting the home ready to sell, scanning a ton of material from Crooked Cucumber Archives backlog and backing it up redundantly - to work with and process into shinning form on cuke.com later. That next step will take time and can be done wherever there's electricity nearby. Thanks Warren Lynn for focused, intelligent, diligent work. A CCA gold star is awarded. - This note posted in What We're Doing.


Wrote a brief piece On the making of Music for a Comic Book Video for Santa Fe DJ/sampler/not-sure who got a box of these LPs to pass around to colleagues. Is that spelled right?


5-21-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 99th anecdote - tired


2013 Scan

Group A # 50 - Mel Weitsman notes - sideways

 # 51 - Matsu Zaki's intro on Suzuki in the earliest translation of Zen Mind Beginner's Mind.

 # 52 - Natalie Goldberg on Shunryu Suzuki in Writing Down the Bones.


Cruel and Usual Tax Collection including a link to a song by DC on the subject


The Guitar and the New World: A Fugitive History

reviewed by Taigen Dan Leighton


balloons5-20-13 - Opps. Forgot Al Tribe's birthday two days ago. He was born on Shunryu Suzuki's birthday (5-18-1904)  which I also forgot - so post-posted it there. Just like posted Mitsu's birthday a day late (4-23-1914).

 

 


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 98th anecdote - use


2013 Scan  --  Group A # 47 - Dainin Katagiri on Suzuki

# 48 - Laura Kwong notes

# 49 - Loring Palmer on Suzuki and LSD


Jack Van Allen sent this 6th century Heart Sutra a while back. Linked to from the Heart Sutra page


Market Watch - College Grads Scammed


Photos of our Steinway which is now for sale.


5-19-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 97th anecdote - glasses


2013 Scan  --  Group A # 44 - Kaz Tanahashi - notes on war and teachings

# 45 - K. Kato book excerpt about Suzuki & Taro during the war

# 46 - Kobun Chino letter to Tokujun Grahame Petchey - 1-14-67


DC MIsc 3 launches with yoga update


balloons5-18-13 - Happy Birthday Al Tribe, born on Shunryu Suzuki's birthday.

 

 


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 96th anecdote - overlooked


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 41 - on Jean Ross

 # 42 - JJ Wilson notes - redo - too light (we're doing almost scanning every day now in Fort Worth. Will get back to the light ones. - DC)

 # 43 - On Maggie Kress' death


Cuke Heart Sutra Page started as a hub for posts of the last few days and whatever else comes up on the subject.


Here's a better presentation of the last link put up yesterday. Take Action Today to End Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention - an appeal from NRCAT - the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.


5-17-13 - Can't get today's post ready till later. Below is the material gathered so far to work with. The subject is the Heart Sutra

Commentary by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

IN THE PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA the most important point, of course, is the idea of emptiness. Before we understand the idea of emptiness, everything seems to exist substantially. But after we realize the emptiness of things, everything becomes real—not substantial. When we realize that everything we see is a part of emptiness, we can have no attachment to any existence; we realize that everything is just a tentative form and color. Thus we realize the true meaning of each tentative existence. When we first hear that everything is a tentative existence, most of us are disappointed; but this disappointment comes from a wrong view of man and nature. It is because our way of observing things is deeply rooted in our self-centered ideas that we are disappointed when we find everything has only a tentative existence. But when we actually realize this truth, we will have no suffering. - http://www.tricycle.com/dharma-talk/heart-sutra?page=0,3

Earlier post on Shunryu Suzuki's "translation" of the Heart Sutra.

Two links to the version Allen Ginsberg chanted:

http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Ginsburg_Heart_Sutra.html

http://www.rockument.com/Haight/Prajna.html

The version the Shambhala (Trungpa) sangha uses. (thanks Howie)

Forgot what the link below is.

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2162/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13425

Later - DC


5-15-12 - Shunryu Suzuki “Translations” of the Heart Sutra. The basic English meaning printed beneath the Sino-Japanese on Sokoji chant cards. #2 - This one for the two sided chant card that was in use when I arrived at Sokoji in the late summer of 1966. - DC.

Variations in English between the 1962 four-sided card and the later two-sided card.

- thanks Chris Modec-Halverson for carefully getting this all on disc


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 38 - Hoitsu Suzuki - 1971 talk given at SFZC City Center

# 39 - Ned Hoke letter about Shunryu Suzuki

# 40 - Notes from Irene Horowitz


DC Fort Worth Report - tornados and memorabilia


5-15-12 - Shunryu Suzuki “Translations” of the Heart Sutra. The basic English meaning printed beneath the Sino-Japanese on Sokoji chant cards. #1 - This one for the four sided chant card for the May 20, 1962 installation of Suzuki as abbot of Sokoji. - thanks Chris Modec-Halverson


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 95th anecdote - napkin


This morning I woke up thinking how Meister Eckhart and Bodhidharma both said we can do no better than just being idle. I've got lots to do today so I asked Kabumpkan what he thought. "Engage the relative, put the other in neutral." I asked him what he meant by that. "Can't figure it out," he said. - dc


New salt study big in the news today but this is nothing new. I remember years ago reading about a study of salt studies that concluded there was a direct correlation between salt intake and longevity.


5-14-12 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 94th anecdote - driver


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 35 - Grahame Petchey note

# 36 - Grace McLeod etc notes

# 37 - Harriet Chino notes about rape. More on this later. There's a little on cuke about it - just write "rape" in the search box on the Index or this page.


5-13-12 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 93rd anecdote - scold


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 29 through # 34 all are letters from Fran Thompson


5-12-13 - Florales Ludi: Festival of Flowers with Games by Katharine Cook.

Happy Mother's Day Kathy


And Happy Mothers' Day (as in the New Yorker cover) to mate Katrinka, past wife experiences Elin and Daya, sister Susan. Writing about how to evoke the universal ethic compassion, the Dali Lama, suggests those who view things in terms of rebirth see all beings as having been their mother in a past life. In this vision, each being has been the mother of each  other being. The number of possible combinations would therefore be, if B stands for a being, B! as in 5! = 5x4x3x2x1. However, that formula only covers one instance of each being having been the mother of each other being. To cover repeats we could then make it B!? unless we say that each being has been the mother of each other being as many times as there are grains of sand in the Ganges. In that case we could write the formula B!G. So, again, happy Mothers' Day to all beings past present and future including those specific beings mentioned at the onset of this paragraph, late mate Liz and late mom Ahdel as well. B!G! - dc


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 92nd anecdote - approve


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 27 - Notes from discussion with Gil Fronsdal

# 28 - Letter from Lama Govinda to Richard Baker


5-11-13 - Reminder: Original Mind: The Craft of Zen Practice in the West by Zentatsu Richard Baker, sole American dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki. The first chapters are now after many years of writing and rewriting finally available on the Dharma Sangha site.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 91st anecdote - blossoms


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 25 - Mary Farkas of the First Zen Inst. on Shunryu Suzuki

 # 26 - Translator Fred Harriman notes concerning interviews in Japanese - very light - rescan


Congratulations to the human race for reaching the 400 parts per million for the first time in four million years or so. The World Suicide Club salutes you! Also see Species Threats - climate change.


5-10-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 90th anecdote - garden


Going to start posting more scans per day to keep up with work on the backlog. Also adding relevant links.

2013 Scan   --  Group A  # 22 - Interview notes with Dennis Samson - Dennis in brief memories

# 23 - Diamond Sangha Newsletter 1970 review of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

ZMBM cuke page - zmbm.net

# 24 - Arthur Deikman Curriculum Vitae - cuke interview with Deikman


Two photos - family and friends gather in our back yard after Ahdels' memorial


5-09-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 89th anecdote - feelings


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 20 - Letter from Shunryu Suzuki student from the war days, S. Asaoka

# 21 - Interview notes - Craig & Lew


Enjoy the annular eclipse today - if you're in Australia.


5-08-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 88th anecdote - tide


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 18 - Letter from Eric Storlie - too weak - redo

# 19 - Letter from Gary Snyder


Back in Fort Worth to keep going through stuff in Ahdel's home. Her older sister, my aunt Bruni (Brunhilda), who was upset that mother was dying and died before her, soon got word her cancer had spread, went into hospice, and passed on a few days ago two months after Ahdel did. She would have been 100 next month.  - More - dc


5-07-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 87th anecdote - chicken


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 17 - Diana Hart (Cheryl Hughs) interview notes


Yesterday mentioned all the PDF scans that are being made and posted. This is all part of the ongoing for years task of processing the backlog of material in the Crooked Cucumber archives so that it's available to whomever wishes to see it. There is also ongling progress in improving the digital archive of Shunryu Suzuki lecture audio, film, and photos as found on shunryusuzuki.com. One bird at a time as Annie Lamott says.. - posting this and yesterday's note in What We're Doing


Old buddhy Doug McKechnie and friends have a movie on something they've done and done again since the mid seventies - play the Golden Gate Bridge as a musical instrument. Here's a trailer for the movie: A Day in the Life of the Golden Gate Bridge. Go to Monumental Sounds and you can play it too. Doug writes about it on his blog.


5-06-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 86th anecdote - wonderful


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 17 - Shunryu Suzuki in Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa by Diana Mukpo and Carolyn Ross Gimian. - Shambhala link - Amazon link


There are so many PDF scans this year of notes, interviews, photos, relevant material to go onto cuke already that we might have to increase the volume that go up daily or it will take years. Thinking about posting a bunch and then just introducing them little by little on What's New. And then there's integrating them into the site. Off to Fort Worth tomorrow with so much more to scan that it's being checked in as baggage. In the past one had to go to an archive to look for material but now it can all go on the Internet. In time I think artificial intelligence will organize it better. Planning for that would free me up to do more creative things - like finger painting and humming with the moon. - dc


One way diagnostics, medical costs will come down - thanks Gregory


5-05-13 - RIP dear friend Peter Warshall who helped to save Bolinas, friend to chimpanzees and all living creatures, watershed savant, septic tank guru, Whole Earth editor, brother to Suzuki student Jackie, sweet guy farewell, . Just learned from Rick Levine. - DC

Peter on Wikipedia

Great tribute to Peter from his niece Yoginrose

Tributes to Peter on funeral home site

Ecologist Peter Warshall: Enchanted by the Sun - video - or on Channels.com

 


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 85th anecdote - meat


Cheap Canadian electric car - thanks McIver


5-04-13 - How to Live on the Planet Earth: A Celebration of Nanao Sakaki

Fri May 10 2013   7:00 PM 
McRoskey Mattress Company  1687 Market St., San Francisco - thanks Howie Klein

Here's a page for the late Nanao's new poetry collection on the Poems from the Gulf of Maine blog.

Nanao Sakaki cuke page


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 84th anecdote -question


Get well soon Michael Wenger of Dragon's Leap Zendo - thanks MK


5-03-13 - 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 16 -  Brother David Steindl-Rast interview notes from 1997

Brother David's Gratefulness web page


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 83rd anecdote -discouraged


See Dennis McNally featured in today's Marin Independent Journal: Grateful Dead historian's tales from the road. [at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley May 8th at 8pm] 'In 1981, after reading "Desolate Angel," McNally's biography of Jack Kerouac, the Grateful Dead paterfamilias himself, Jerry Garcia, hired McNally to write the band's history. It resulted in McNally's 2002 book "A Long, Strange Trip," the definitive account told from his insider's perspective as the Grateful Dead's publicist, a post he held for more than a decade.' - Sorry I'll miss the Sweetwater show Dennis. Back to Fort Worth on the 7th. - DC


Thanks cuke hero Mark Bittner for alerting us to problem with cuke.com yesterday. We'd just changed hosting methods having gone over the five gigabyte limit and our host, Sonic.net, screwed up the DNS for www.cuke.com taking the web surfer to a "This is the future home of www.cuke.com" page and all pages when www was hit but not if it the www wasn't included so I didn't notice. Called Sonic and it should be all fixed now. Let me know if there's still a problem or any other problem. Thanks. - DC


5-02-13 - Buddhism is, maybe, rather difficult to understand - PDF of transcript of Shunryu Suzuki lecture dated 66-01-13 from the Los Altos Box, this one the original and apparently verbatim version, one of the lectures from that group not included in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. The PDF reveals the blank spaces in this original transcript which seem to indicate gaps in the tape. This transcript duplicated the look of the original. The audio tape is missing along with all but two from the Los Altos. Would love to find them. - DC

Lectures from the Los Altos Box not included in ZMBM

Lectures in Zen Mind Beginner's Mind chart - Los Altos box lectures are in the Original Transcript column (except 66-00-00 AE and BE which are from the book as no other versions are available)

posting this on the Suzuki lecture work in progress page


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 82nd anecdote -arts


Join Karen Hamilton May 3, 4, and 5 for the 20th anniversary of Marin Open Studios. I will be showing paintings at Studio 333 in Sausalito. (333 Caledonia St.)

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6pm - 9pm

OPEN STUDIOS: Sat., May 4 and Sun. May 5, 11am - 5pm


5-01-13 - Today the missing text from the last page of Shunryu Suzuki lecture 67-01-12 which became the Mind Waves chapter of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - with a link to the original transcript and the draft edited with Trudy Dixon's (I think) handwritten notes which had the missing page. - posted n the Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Work in Progress section.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 81st anecdote -disaster


April


4-30-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 80th anecdote -enlightenment


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 15 -  Bob Halpern interview notes


Transcribing the missing brief end to a Shunryu Suzuki lecture located yesterday while going through archive material at the SFZC City Center. Been wanting to get to this for a few years. It's one of the lectures from what I call the Los Altos Box, the group of lectures Marian (Mountain) Derby Wisberg and Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker worked with to make Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Will have it up here in a while - with more exciting historical detail. - dc (9:20am San Rafael, CA)


4-29-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 79th anecdote -difference


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 14 - Bob Shuman interview notes


Shunryu Suzuki lecture partial transcription from one of the problem audio - 65-07-31-C. - 3rd installment


Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Scahill


4-28-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 78th anecdote -important


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 13 - Chogyam Trungpa on the three kayas - and Shunryu Suzuki quoted from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. - from Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chogyam Trungpa


Leland Smithson Zen Moirés in the new ZC Stories section. [send your ZC stories here] Must look through cuke for prior posts that could go here. This section would be for stories that don't involve Shunryu Suzuki.


4-27-13 - Danny Parker on the Summer of 1974 at the SFZC with memories of Philip Whalen


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 77th anecdote -eat


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 12 - Marian Derby Report on Peninsula Branch of SFZC - undated - circa 1970


Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step by Cecile Pineda

Read about it on the page for Fukushima

Amazon link for this book --- Huff Post review


4-26-13 - 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 11 - Marian Derby letter to friends & DC Xmas 2010


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 76th anecdote -bugs


Happy Chernobyl Day - April 26, 1986

Starting a page for Fukushima today [a subpage of Engaged Buddhism/Current Events] featuring links and comments from Taigen Dan Leighton and John Steiner - the situation is much worse than it gets credit for being.


4-25-13 - 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 10 - Marian Derby letter to DC on location of ZMBM tapes - Zen Mind Beginner's Mind lecture tapes all but 2 still missing


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 75th anecdote -sex


Southern Poverty Law Center - a noble organization


4-24-13 - Posting yesterday's Happy Birthday to Mitsu Suzuki one day late. See - it's down there now as if it were posted yesterday. However, personal congrats were sent to her via Rinsoin. More, including her response

I just noticed that on the SFZC site it says  "This April in Japan, she will be turning 99 and in our way of counting, 100" but that's not right. Unless I'm making a senior mistake, it's the opposite: this April she will turn 99 in our way of counting and in Japan's 100. Born 1914 - same as my recently late mother, Ahdel. In Japan you're one at birth cause their one means 1st year.


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 9 - Chogyam Trungpa on Shunryu Suzuki and American Karma - source? Talk at SFZC?


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 74th anecdote -advice


balloons4-23-13 - Happy Birthday Mitsu Suzuki!

 

 

 


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 73rd anecdote - twenty


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 8 - Chogyam Trungpa on Shunryu Suzuki from Garuda magazine


Oh darn - Obama's Terror Campaign  - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


4-22-13 - Happy Earth Day

Poll Finds Americans Less Concerned About The Environment Now Than When Earth Day Began

  - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scan   --  Group A # 7 - Chogyam Trungpa Shunryu Suzuki memorial


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 72nd anecdote - grateful


Dealing with a high school classmate who's putting together a slide show for our upcoming 50th reunion, an old memory popped up and asked him if he was the one who told me about NOSMO. Here's his answer (in dchad misc)


4-21-13 - 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 6 - Zentatsu Richard Baker's talk on Shunryu Suzuki given a week after Suzuki's death.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 71st anecdote - life


Brad Warner compares Shobogenzos


4-20-13 - 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 5 - Zentatsu Richard Baker's talk at Shunryu Suzuki's funeral


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 70th anecdote - okesa


Thanks Clay for reminding me that yesterday was your birthday. I'd left the date as 4-18-13 on accident - maybe if I'd seen it I'd have remembered. However, since you'd lost your phone at the beach you'd have been unreachable anyway. - dc dad


4-19-13 -  Original Mind: The Craft of Zen Practice in the West by Zentatsu Richard Baker, sole American dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki. The first chapters are now after many years of writing and rewriting finally available on the Dharma Sangha site.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 69th anecdote - mind


balloonsHappy 22nd birthday Clayton Chadwick

 

 

 


4-18-13 -  Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 68th anecdote - soup


 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 4 - Marian Derby (Mountain) on Beginner's Mind


Tried out Bikram Yoga yesterday. -  dc


4-17-13 - David Silva Art Exhibit: A Sacred Landscape: Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, at the SFZC City Center 5/1 - 5/31/13

 

David Silva's cuke page for more


 Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 67th anecdote - power


4-16-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 66th anecdote - hope


 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 3 - Bill Lane notes


Back to the Bay Area today after four months and four days in Fort Worth. Back in May. Lots to do. As it says in the book of Tao, "Affairs are endless." And that was coming from a hermit who lived up in the mountains. - dc


4-15-13 - 2013 Scan   --  Group A # 2 - Notes by Barbara Wenger on Interview with Betty Warren and Della Goertz


Danny Parker relates a Philip Whalen Story.


4-14-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 65th anecdote - lose


Just out - A Straight Road with 99 Curves: Coming of Age on the Path of Zen by Gregory Shepherd


RIP Jonathan Winters, an inspiration to many young boys such as I in our formative years, helping us to cultivate idiotic expressions and goofy voices. I wax sentimental now recalling his inspiring two roles in The Loved One.


4-13-13 - Going through archive backlog scanning material to post, work with, and present in other form on cuke.   --  Group A #1 is Dianne Di Prima on Zen. (no source yet) Listing on the 2013 Scan page. Thanks to Warren Lynn for helping with this. He just arrived so that's all for today on cuke.


4-12-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 64th anecdote - teacups


A Message From a Dying Veteran

Iraq Veterans Against the War

  - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


4-11-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 63rd anecdote - difference


QUESTION: Should cuke.com have paid ads? Received this yesterday:


4-10-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 62ndt anecdote - boulder


In Texas now for another week. Going through stuff in mother's house (Ahdel) but still working daily on cuke stuff. Itching to post more new material but Crooked Cucumber Archives work includes lots of maintenance and busy work. Got a sort of virus that must deal with. It's not crippling, just a nuisance. Got it from downloading new version of Audacity (program to deal with audio). Mistake made was to download it from an unknown source. Must be careful when downloading and also even then, don't just hit Next to hurry the download - make sure not to leave a check oking a search engine or other program not wanted. - posted in What We're Doing


4-09-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 61st anecdote - lost


4-08-13 - Happy Buddha's birthday ( put here a day late) - thanks Andrew.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 60th anecdote - lost


4-07-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 59th anecdote - rejected


Thanks so much to Gordon Henry for creating this page, In Honor of Ahdel - with wonderful photos of the memorial.

Was a great day. Will post memorial video soon - I hope. Busy now with family, friends.


4-06-13 - Paying attention to local details today. Two hours till the memorial for Ahdel. Got Katrinka and Aunt Ellie and cousin Amy last night and are with 1st cousin once removed Rye and wife Jill at the Courtyard. but son Kelly and his mate Rene stuck in Salt Lake City - Connecting Delta flight last night was too late then Delta forgot to put their names on the manifest today. Now they're scheduled to make the tail end of the reception. Clay made it back from a party last night. Cousin Karl is here. Ward is getting ice out of the fridge. Open house to come. - dc


4-05-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 58th anecdote - arrogance


Oldest friend Ward and younger son Clay were talking yesterday and it came up that Ward had been cut off at an AA meeting here in Fort Worth for suggesting they were being too Christian, citing that AA is supposed to be non sectarian. Clay said he didn't like the part about having to submit to a higher power. Ward said that when he started going to meetings 24 years ago he took the group as his higher power and that satisfied Clay. I don't have trouble with higher power stuff. Call it god, call it sod, call it group, call it soup. Call it self, call it other, call it father, call it mother, call it sister, call it brother, call it I am that I am or bim bam thank you ma'am, mankind, big mind, we find in the unwind? I don't know. I'm a no show.


4-04-12 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 57th anecdote - ladder


Finding some neat stuff going through things here - lots of writings of Ahdel - poems, letters, spoofs, songs - and have filled two giant recycle containers and same with trash. And there's cleaning and straightening and people arriving soon. Stayed up with Clay till 3am looking at old photos (after live rock at Lola's and Ol' South Pancake House on way home from hairport. Onward. - dc


4-03-12 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 56th anecdote - secret


Ahdel Memorial prep, cat home search, going through stuff, family history flashing, recyclin, throwin stuff out, setting aside for keeps, sell, cuke biz can't avoid, what can be thrown out there? recycled, kept, sold? friends drop by, strangers send notes, covered in fruit from the pasts, breathe in the world, breathe out the unworld. It's all good - lyrics - listen to a cover. - dc


4-02-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 55th anecdote - pain


Posted on Facebook in several places including two of my HS class groups:

Gentle, affectionate 12-year old cat would love to live with you. Sunshine is an indoor cat who has lived all her life with my mother Ahdel who recently died. If you are interested, please contact me. And, I hardly ever ask this but please help inform others in Fort Worth, Texas, about Sunshine. Thanks. David Chadwick

click on thumbnail to enlarge


4-01-13 - I've figured out the secret to everything, the unified field of matter and spirit, the ultimate statement, understanding, enlightenment. Now click here and I share this epiphany with you dear reader.


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 54th anecdote - encourage


Forgot to link to Dotty Woodson's page the day before yesterday praising her for her tireless work to educate Texas communities and individuals on sound water management and conservation.  - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


March


3-31-13 - Happy Easter, day of the possibility of rebirth for all beings.

REV. STEPHEN W. FROST Ph.D. Easter Message 2013

his Nepsis site


3-30-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 53rd anecdote - validity


Japan Journalist: Situation at Fukushima Daiichi “way worse than officially announced”

Petition urging California senators Boxer and Feinstein to investigate and do something about the threat to California from further Fukushima disasters. - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Congratulations to long time Fort Worth friend, Berry Woodson, for receiving the prestigious Herbert Hager Phalaenopsis Award for "lifelong dedication to the advancement" of this orchid "through pioneering hybridizing and superior culture." More than once, Martha Stewart has dropped by to see Berry and Dotty's numerous, fascinating, and beautiful orchids and son Clay stepped on some Lilly pads to descend into a pool on a cold winter day almost two decades ago. Kudos also to Dotty Woodson for her tireless work to educate Texas communities and individuals on sound water management and conservation. And thanks for dinner too. - dc


3-29-13 - Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki - Chapter Twelve - Sangha - 1961–1962. Getting the whole book on cuke chapter by chapter.


This border checkpoint story was of interest to me because of the police state type experience Katrinka and I had recently coming up from Big Bend. Want to write more on that and more on the Bill Maher Catholic league thing from yesterday but I'm off to Ahdel's cremation. Later. - dc


3-28-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 52nd anecdote - verse


Catholic League wants to censor Bill Maher

DC comment on this - working on this now, will post within an hour. Nope - it looks like rain now and I've got a mile walk to get home. Better put my laptop in my pack, get a plastic bag in case, and post comments tomorrow. Fort Worth does need rain.


Southwest Texas trip brief report on the last day


3-27-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 51st anecdote - wedding


Off to take Katrinka to the airport. Alone again in Fort Worth. - dc


3-26-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 50th anecdote - absorbed


Katrinka and I joined the Morning Glory Sangha last night in Alpine, TX, for their regular Monday eve zazen at 6pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1308 N 5th St. Before the meeting I gave Jean O'Quilinn who leads it a copy of Zen Is Right Here. She glanced at it and after zazen and some chanting read a selection that she'd opened to. It is the one that happened to be up next to post here on cuke, the one above. If you're interested in sitting with them Jean's email is jean [at] bigbend [dot] net. More on Jean and her lineage in yesterday's Southwest Texas trip report. On our way back to Fort Worth home today. - dc


3-25-13 - Memories of Shunryu Suzuki by Rene Pittet. Rene died on March 6th. More later.


Southwest Texas trip report


3-24-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 49th anecdote - precepts


Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks

Solitary - Torture in Your Backyard


Hot spring by the Rio Grand river, soaking, swimming, waving to Mexican cowboys on the other side. Out of Big Bend on the way to Marathon car searched by Border Patrol officers with dog - and we'd never left the US. This is government spending that could be cut. Reflected on the strong arm of government seeking to crush the harmless while ignoring and creating major harm.  US Border Patrol and Immigration for instance. - dc -  - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


3-23-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 48th anecdote - counting


Interview: Annie Somerville of Greens - from Inside Scoop - thanks sister Susan


2nd day in Big Bend. Going to a hot spring gotta walk in some. Tonight - McDonald Observatory which is the home of Stardate. This is one of the lowest areas in light pollution in the US.


3-22-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 47th anecdote - desire


Authorities On Alert As Hundreds Of Crazed Sociopaths Enter Congressional Chambers - thanks O'Neil Louchard - filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


At Chisos Mt. Lodge in Big Bend National Park. Beautiful.


3-21-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 46th anecdote - here


National Religious Campaign Against Torture announces their April hour long webinar: Solitary Confinement in an Age of Mass Incarceration. -  filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


In Fort Davis, Texas. No time now to tell about yesterday or the day before. Will try to report from Big Bend National Park where we'll end up later today - some cool stuff on the way. - dc


3-20-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 45th anecdote - scrubbing


In Carlsbad, New Mexico. Soon to the caverns.


Cucumber Archives budget note


3-19-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 44th anecdote - paradoxical


Off for Carlsbad Caverns today, then back to Southwest Texas, a week break to see a part of my home state I've always wanted to.

Cucumber Archive work continues.


3-18-13 - Didn't have time to open this contraption.


3-17-13 - Lew Richmond on Huff post on emptiness

"Emptiness" is also the term that my own teacher Shunryu Suzuki used, though he usually added context. Once, speaking of emptiness he said, "I do not mean voidness. There is something, but that something is something which is always prepared for taking some particular form." Another time, speaking of the feeling tone of emptiness, he said, "Emptiness is like being at your mother's bosom and she will take care of you."

Lew's cuke link page


A trailer for a documentary named Midway about birds and plastic 2000 miles from a continent. Disturbing. We haven't had plastic very long. Must learn to deal with it in a less harmful way. We are capable of doing better, adjusting. Good luck to us and the birds. - dc - thanks Edgar Arnold -  filed in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Obituary for Ahdel in the Fort Worth Star Telegram (same as the one posted here but there are other options like to write something but please don't send flowers).


3-16-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 43rd anecdote - false


Thannal, hand sculpted homes, from friend Biju Bhaskar in Tiruvannamalai, India. Help them to help nature.


3-15-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 42nd anecdote - pinch


Poems for Ahdel - from Susan Motheral - by John Updike and Jane Hirshfield


3-14-13 - An Appeal from Serbia for books on Zen


Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 41st anecdote - corner


Gordon Henry Remembers Ahdel


3-13-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 40th anecdote - fish


Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea by Carter Phipps - thanks Lor for sending me this book. I've enjoyed evolving with you - and everyone and thing else. - dc


Two minute history of earth and some of us selection - a bit of the evolving - thanks Gregory


Obituary for Ahdel Chadwick


3-12-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 39th anecdote - amazing - fixed 3-13


Ahdel's memorial date set.


3-11-13 - Didn't get to it.


3-10-13 - Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

the 38th anecdote - bridge


Typical ride on a NYC subway car - love stuff like this.

Spring ahead. - dc


Going to keep posting to Ahdel page for a while. - dc


3-09-13 - Ahdel passed away last night. - dc


3-08-13 - An excerpt from Crooked Cucumber on Transmission and Enlightenment in answer to a query, also included, which led to getting another chapter loaded in the Notes on Crooked Cucumber section which had been on a back hot plate and has no notes yet or maybe one or two - just slowly preparing. This isn't the chapter that excerpt came from either - that was 17 and will be here later, how much later only space will tell.

Bowing - Chapter 11 of Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki


In the Twilight Zone here in Texas.


3-07-13 - Frank 'n' Earnest get it right


More details on the sesshin drink by a SFZC alum who says it was not qu