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June


6-30-14 - More from Rick Levine on Lloyd Reynolds


As was posted yesterday, Check out the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added - also links to the page on shunryusuzuki.com where audio, verbatim transcripts, other edited version can be found.

- presented in this index of PDF links.

Today featuring # 33 of 111 (was 109 but just added two more):

It is a great joy to practice sesshin with you in this way - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 7.

This one begins with Dainin Katagiri giving sesshin instruction then Shunryu Suzuki giving kinhin instruction then the lecture 65-10-16a. It also includes another lecture, 65-10-16b. Plan to separate these out.

This all changed. See next day's post.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Thanks Peter Ford for putting all this together.


Just got this great photo of Michael Katz and John Tarrant who'd just led a koan seminar or whatever they called it

at the Nevada City True Nature Zendo run by Michael's wife Jenny Wunderly.

The World Catches Us Every Time

An article by John Tarrant
Published in the April/May 2014 edition of Shambhala Sun
    Abiding nowhere, the heart comes forth
       - Zen koan

- in Others contribute


Yet another bunch of notes from our time in Japan  posted on Saunters


6-29-14 - Check out the new presentation of All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 now combined with links to the complete Wind Bells with cover images added.

- presented in this index of PDF links.

Today featuring # 32 of 111 (was 109 but just added two more):

Confucius said the most visible is something invisible - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 6.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Thanks Peter Ford for putting all this together.


Another bunch of notes from our time in Japan  posted on Saunters


6-28-14 - Jeff Broadbent is currently leading a global research project on climate change

Jeffrey Broadbent University of Minnesota personal page

A recent email is posted at the top of Jeff's cuke interview page

On that page are links from seven years ago to climate work Jeff was doing.

His email signature includes: The world is much more interesting than any one discipline.  Edward Tufte

also posted on Climate Change


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 31 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-86, Ummon's Store-Room And Temple Gate (commentary) - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 6 (No Shunryu Suzuki lecture notes in issue 5.)

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Thought I'd share part of a note from Daya Goldschlag (First past wife experience). Posted at the bottom of her cuke interview. - DC


A bunch of notes from our time in Japan. posted on Saunters


6-27-14 - Brian Victoria page on The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Check out the top piece - Zen Masters on the Battlefield (Part I).

Brian Victoria cuke page


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 30 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-86, Ummon's Store-Room And Temple Gate - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 4 (No Shunryu Suzuki lecture notes in issue 3.)

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Dennis McNally has a new book coming in October. Check it and his website out.

Ever since he finished the Grateful Dead book he's been working on a new one that traces the deepest roots of the sixties and of rock n roll and  studies what white people have learned from black music from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan:  On Highway 61/Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.  Itll be out October 14th from Counterpoint Press. Go to www.dennismcnally.com.  Its got a sample of the new book, some portions of the Dead and Kerouac books, and other information about Dennis and his work, including a blog. And the book can be ordered from there.


Got the time and place of Rusty Schweickart's talk featured on the 24th. Michael Katz who recorded it writes: This was the first time Rusty came to Lindisfarne (at Fishcove, Long Island, where you visited [76?]), and the first of its summer conferences in August 1974. The correct title of the book that included that talk is Earth's Answer: Explorations of Planetary Culture at the Lindisfarne Conferences. - Posted on the Rusty Schweickart page


6-26-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 29 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-84, Yuima's Law Gate To The One And Only - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 2

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Must add this to the Niels Holm memorial page.


As I was reading your travelogue I got distracted with the interview with Niels .... just reading it  ...   I could visualize him sitting there telling the story ...  he really was a spiritual warrior  ....  though he had an over inflated view of his own attractiveness ....  you couldn't trust him 3 seconds with a woman ... wouldn't matter if it was your wife even   ....  however like Dogen says ... the boundary of enlightenment is not well defined. One of Niels' best stories ... I don't know if you have it or not ... was when he set out sailing in Canada or Alaska in his life boat ... and was getting swept into this giant rock and there was nothing he could do to escape ... when finally it seemed inevitable that the next wave would crash his boat into the rock a huge wave came out of nowhere and swept him and the boat completely over the rock unscathed. Remember when he told that story to us ... when we were all drinking that tequila that Rosie used to bring back from Mexico  .... the way he described the ending ... such enthusiastic mania  ...    had to love the guy.  - Andrew Atkeison

 


Told Stewart Wachs about Tom Kirchner's pancreatic cancer, his facing death, then finding out after the operation that there was no sign of cancer. He said it baffled everyone. Stuart came up with a new explanation. He had a diabetes misdiagnosis from mixed up records. Luckily his wife is a nurse. She did a home test and found no indication of it. Turned out they'd screwed up the records. He said they make mistakes on non Japanese records now and then because our names don't fit into their sound and writing system all that well. He said the treatment could have killed him and that the hospital nurse in charge did dogeza, bowing before him in contrite apology. - For more on Stewart and Tom do a page search on the Saunters page (Cntrl F, Mac-Cmnd F). - posted in Saunters


6-25-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 10- 1984

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


Yesterday in note below Shunryu Suzuki Wind Bell lecture post, had a note where mentioned am always finding mistakes in posts here and fixing them. One mistake didn't mention is misspellings. - more in dc misc 4


One problem with Asia I've found is that somebody stole most of the towel racks. There could also be more hooks and shelves and so forth. - posted in Saunters


6-24-14 - Listen to the original recording of No Frames, No Boundaries, Apollo nine astronaut Russell Schweickart's talk at the Lindesfarne Association. conference. Michael Katz was the recording engineer. (32:26 mp3-24bit). The talk was given in about 1975. Will get correct date soon - and place.

Read No Frames No Boundaries on the site of the Context Inst.with slight adaptation by Vivienne Hull, the above is from "No Frames, No Boundaries," by Russell Schweickart, published in Earth's Answer Connecting with the whole planet - from space, Michael Katz, William P. Marsh and Gail Gordon Thompson, Editors, Lindisfarne Books/Harper and Row, 1977.

And read more on the Rusty Schweickart page - including why such a page exists on cuke.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 28 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-82, Dairyu's Immutable Law-Body - from the 1965 Wind Bell volume 4, issue 1

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans

Opps - Every issue of the Wind Bell in volume 3 was 1964, not 1963 as was indicated till it was just fixed. I find mistakes on cuke everyday. After uploading I try to check all the links and quickly read what was written and no matter how simple what was posted I always find something to fix, sometimes many fixes - wrong dates among the most common. But since I hold to the "Everything we are taught is false" doctrine. More on that later.


Two things noticed that are similar in Japan, Thailand, and Bali: wrapping trees in cloth, sometimes with rope and hanging stuff as well, as a sign that they are holy or out of respect to spirits in them - and in temples and theater the sequence of sounds of bells, clackers, wooden mallets on wooden boards - spaced strikes after some hits becoming closer and closer in a roll down. - posted in Saunters


6-23-14 - Conclusion of visit with Yasuyoshi Morimoto and reflections on Shingon.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 27 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-75 - from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 8

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


6-22-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 26 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-73, Baso's Four Propositions - from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 7

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Continued from yesterday's Saunters post. Continued from yesterday's Saunters post. Toward the end of our first visit with Morimoto, he gave us a copy of Shingon, Japanese Esoteric Buddhism by Taiko Yamasaki, saying that it revealed more about Shingon than any book before it. He and David Kidd (see prior three Saunters posts) edited the translation into English by Richard and Cynthia Peterson. It's published by Shambhala. Morimoto says that their translation is excellent. I was surprised to find the book easy and fun to read and informative. - more in Saunters


6-21-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com and which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 25 of 109:

The Traditional Way, Summary of Shunryu Suzuki's Sesshin Lectures - from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 6

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


We call Yasuyoshi Morimoto just Morimoto which is rude without the San but he's so fluid with Westerness that it seems appropriate. I mean if we're talking about him as in, "Let's go say hi to Morimoto." If I were calling to him I'd say, "Morimoto-san!" or the more polite "Morimoto-sama!" but in his case, the later would be more like an affectionate use, not necessary. He combines dignity with informality, authority with a touch of humor. I told Katrinka he didn't seem entirely Japanese. She said yes, like someone whom we'd have met in San Francisco's North Beach in the sixties.  - more in Saunters


6-20-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 9 - 1984

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


David Kidd (see yesterday's post) wrote Peking Story. It's said he regretted that his friend David Bowie didn't fulfill their mutual dream for Bowie to play the role of Kidd. Kidd was one of the great characters of the Kyoto scene up to his death. His vast collection of Asian art is still intact in the three story home of his former student and partner, Yasuyoshi Morimoto, a surviving great character of Kyoto. Thanks to Ian Shortreed, and the kindly openness of Morimoto, Katrinka and I spent two most engrossing evenings there. Here's a snippet in which Morimoto plays a role and it gives a hint of who he is.  - to be continued - posted in Saunters


6-19-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 24 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-51 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 5

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


World population clock. - to be continued - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


David Kidd, Lover of Asian Art, Dies at 69 - NY Times, Nov. 27, 1996. - to be continued. - posted in Saunters


6-18-14 - On Ejo Takata by Andreas Ekei Zettl - a monk at Sogenji, Okayama, Japan

[A Japanese Zen Monk Offered 30 Years of his Life to Help in Developing a Foreign Country (Mexico)]


On the train, bus, car rides in the country or on the outskirts of cities, even inside cities here and there passing endless rice, barley fields, and vegetable gardens, greenhouses, even in small yards, tiny plots in front of houses. So much farming on a small scale, giving Japan high points for survival in times of disaster or breakdown of distribution system. Lots of decorative plants and flowers as well. Always a pleasure to admire. - posted in Saunters


6-17-14 - Audio of an interview with Niels Holm which starts in middle of interview II here - that's over half way through that interview and the audio is still 1:14:25 long.

I don't do much audio but some people want to hear Niels so I told them if I ran across a tape with him on it I'd post it.

I actually told people when I interviewed them that I wouldn't keep the tapes and that they could edit anything in the future - so they'd speak more freely. I erased lots of them and recorded over them. Now I think that was shortsighted. But no matter. Look at the post of a Nisargadatta quote on the 16th. That's the sort of thing I tell myself. Or Philip Whaten's "Just enough survives," which is a cuke motto. - dc

Niels Holm Memorial Page


Chris Hedges interviews and comments on Noam Chomsky - He calls Chomsky America's Socrates. Reviewed Socrates for an hour and think, ok, but without the emphasis on mind, thought, inspiration, the welfare of ones soul over politics, the divine. Hedges is no stranger to such thinking as he has a Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. I take it he was referring to Chomsky's use of clear thinking for the benefit of all beings. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


In my opinion they need to make bike ringer use mandatory in Kyoto. They swoop by on the sidewalk chillingly close and without warning, making one aware that a casual side step might have been a catastrophe. While on the subject of bikes, they get stolen in Japan. John Einarsen returned from dinner with us to find his locked bike gone. Don't know if he got it back. It could have been the police picked it up for it was in a no bike parking zone. In that case a fine would have sufficed to insure its return. While on the subject of pilfering - watch out for umbrellas as well. I recall stepping into a convenience store in the early morning dark while waiting for a bus in a downpour. When I stepped back out, my umbrella was gone. Not an isolated instance. On the other side, once while walking down a country road in Obama (where there are two monasteries that cater to Western enlightenment seekers), a few drops of rain began to fall and an old woman ran from a distant farm house to hand me an umbrella. And recently saw many clear and white cheap umbrellas here and there that seemed to be communal, up for grabs. - posted in Saunters


6-16-14 - Why I Stay in Monasteries - written a while back by Eric Arnow, sent to his Uncle. Posted at the bottom of his cuke interview. Eric's cuke page


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 23 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-53 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 4

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Which are harder to find in Kyoto's main train station? Trash receptacles or seats to rest on for a while? Ian asked a policeman why no trash containers and was told terrorism. They're not that easy to find anywhere. Sometimes there are recycling containers by vending machines that tempt one to sneak a gum wrapper in. Seats in stations, parks, stores - not easy to come by. Keep busy. - posted in Saunters


My intention to wake you up is the link [between our respective dreams]. My heart wants you awake. I see you suffer in your dream and I know that you must wake up to end your woes. When you see your dream as dream, you wake up. But in your dream itself I am not interested. Enough for me to know that you must wake up. You need not bring your dream to a definite conclusion, or make it noble, or happy, or beautiful; all you need is to realize that you are dreaming. Stop imagining, stop believing. See the contradictions, the incongruities, the falsehood and the sorrow of the human state, the need to go beyond. In dream you love some and not others. On waking up you find you are love itself, embracing all. Personal love, however intense and genuine, invariably binds; love in freedom is love of all.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

http://mpeters.de/nisargadatta - thanks Andrew Main


6-15-14 - From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture:

Why is the federal government planning to expand its supermax prison beds at a time when the rest of the nation is waking up to the horrors of solitary confinement? The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to add new ADX (Administrative Maximum) supermax prison beds, the most extreme form of solitary confinement, along with new Special Management Unit (SMU) cells, where two people are held in 23-hour-a-day lockdown.

NRCAT invites you to join a national call-in day on June 26 to urge Attorney General Eric Holder to build on his recent statements about the harms of solitary confinement by ensuring the BOP makes no increase in isolated confinement in the federal system. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 8 - 1984


Riding on the #5 bus in Kyoto, talked to a woman from Wisconsin who has been there 58 years. I told her that I could tell by the way she waited for the bus that she wasn't a tourist, seemed at home. Said we were on our way to the Baptist Hospital. She said her daughter was born there. She came as a missionary. Katrinka figured she'd been at the small church in our neighborhood. I asked if she planned to go back. She shook her head, said she went to the US 2 years ago. Said, "It has changed but I haven't changed with it. Japan has changed but I've changed with it." - posted in Saunters


6-14-14 - Dying, Bereavement, Psycho-Spiritual Care, and Buddhist Chaplaincy - from Jonathan Watts website

which features

Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved in the Modern World: Global Perspectives Edited by Jonathan Watts and Yoshiharu Tomatsu (Wisdom Publication Boston & the Jodo Shu Research Institute Tokyo)

Amazon link

Read more about this book and subject in the Death and Dying section

 


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring # 22 of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-52, Joshu's Donkeys Cross, Horses Cross is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 3

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Broke my USB modem. Am uploading via Katrinka's computer. Bit of a hassle. Not in big city now. May be able to replace or might have to wait a week. Love, dc


6-13-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring the 21st entry out of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-49 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 2

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


How to open a can without a can opener - thanks Gregory - posted in Misc


Pride in work - Example # 82. The way the jokaso, septic tank cleaning man, would cheerfully announce his arrival at our home in Okayama over two decades ago. He wore white gloves, had a little mixer with a long extender, walked to the septic access behind the house, added something that helped to break down the fecal matter I guess. He would close the lid and bid us farewell. I'd jump out and thank him. He'd bow, say something polite and be off with a spirit akin to a superhero off to the next. - posted in Saunters


6-12-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 7 - 1984


DRUGS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE - Sam Harris - posted in Misc and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events due to his early emphasis on the imorality of the war on drugs.

The war on drugs has been lost and should never have been waged. I can think of no right more fundamental than the right to peacefully steward the contents of ones own consciousness. The fact that we pointlessly ruin the lives of nonviolent drug users by incarcerating them, at enormous expense, constitutes one of the great moral failures of our time. (And the fact that we make room for them in our prisons by paroling murderers, rapists, and child molesters makes one wonder whether civilization isnt simply doomed.)


We're both generous tippers in America and abroad to the extent that it's appropriate. We're both worked in restaurants, especially Katrinka, and thus are tip conscious. One thing we all appreciate about Japan is not tipping. This is better than not having to tip. In many other places one doesn't have to tip but a small tip is appreciated, and often a small amount means a great deal to a waiter or cab driver in a third world country. In Japan tips are not expected, not wished for, not thought of. Maybe in some instances it is but don't know what they are. Service is almost always extremely good, delivered with seeming pleasure. Payment is received with effusive arigato gozaimashita! - DC- posted in Saunters


6-11-14 - Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies - an article from late last year in NYTimes. It's an interesting corralery to yesterday's post on CO2 increases reducing nutritional value of crops, something that was unexpected.

These articles turn my attention to a cuke link from late last year, 12-29 from an October NYTimes article: And then there's overpopulation - at the root  (Thanks Michael Katz). Andrew Main in Santa Fe. Also mentioned that as the primary problem. How could anyone doubt this? Will post more on this.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring the 20th entry out of 109:

Blue Cliff Records-46 is from the 1964 Wind Bell volume 3, issue 1.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Won't drink non alcoholic beer in US because it has half a percent alcohol. I never was a big fan of  beer but now both Katrinka and I have become fans of zero percent alcohol beer we found to be quite popular in Japan, and a bit expensive. We're careful to look for the 0.0% but also we could taste it if there was 0.5%. I know because tasting it is how I discovered that alcohol free beer often just means almost alcohol free. Teresa in Okayama said that alcohol consumption is way down in Japan, especially with young people. But have seen a lot of people drinking the 0.0%. - DC- posted in Saunters


6-10-14 - Mark Schumacher's Onmark Productions has so much to offer on Japanese Buddhism, statues, culture. Here's the Buddhism link. - thanks Robert Yellin (featured two days ago) - posted in Saunters


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

71-12-17  - The first meeting after Shunryu Suzuki died. Baker and Katagiri are now being called roshi. Don't think Shunryu Suzuki's picture is used on altars in zendos as planned at this meeting. Maybe it was for a while. Katagiri did preside over the 1972 winter-spring practice period as he had the prior fall-winter one but none after that.

These are the last board and meeting notes in this series. It's the only one for 1971 and there were clearly some missing from earlier years. Made copies about twenty years ago in the records storage room at the City Center of the SFZC. These are the only ones that were found there.


Adam Kō Shin Tebbe's Zen in America documentary in progress, seeks more funds.


Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition - Harvard Gazette - Posted in Climate Change though it's just about the effect of CO2 levels.


Alexander Shulgin, Psychedelia Researcher, Dies at 88 - NY Times

I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability 

 - posted in Misc


6-09-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring the 19th entry:

Blue Cliff Records-40, Rikko's Heaven And Earth is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 8.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Speaking, rather writing of Jay and Kyoko, affectionately known as Kyokes, yesterday, we are compelled by loyalty and admiration to share with you, dear reader, that they've got Kyoto Art and Antiques in Seattle. Robbie took Hoitsu Suzuki there a while back and he spent a lot of time looking around. Jay said his presence increased sales and that people were buying items just to give to him. Before we left we heard Jay's magic fiddle evoking the heart of Ireland at the Gael.

 

If, however, one finds oneself in Nevada City rather than Seattle, we advise to peruse the wonders of  Kodo Arts ---[Kyoto link] where Jake will assist. - more in Saunters


6-08-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 6 - 1983


Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery - met this cool dude and high end ceramics maker through best Kyoto buds Jay and Kyoko. He's been in Japan for over 30 years. Katrinka and I are vacating our Kyoto apartment today. Off to an airport hotel in Osaka. Fly off tomorrow to parts unknown. How great it's been to spend these last ten weeks in Japan. What a wonderful city Kyoto is. There are seemingly endless fascinating people and places. One can be in a mountainous forest in any direction including inside the city That's true of a great deal of Japan. They almost nuked Kyoto in WWII. [Read the 3rd paragraph here.]

- posted in Saunters


6-07-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-36, Chosha's Strolling about Mountains and Waters is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 7.

From Cuke Archives 2013 Scans


Katrinka, Kyoko Maeda and I DC visited with Mayumi Oda (Mayumi Oda Fine Art) who is doing a workshop at the Kyoto Impact Hub with Silvia Nakkach. Silvia teaches sound and music at CIIS in SF, CA, has a long history with the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA and created The Vox Mundi Project.  - more in Saunters


6-06-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-07-22,23 - Couples don't need to use same name, just need permission from Suzuki or Katagiri to live together. $5,000 for building improvements City Center. New days they allocate 20 or 30 times that much for a study. Dan Welch to be next board meeting chair. [These days Dan is back in Santa Fe planning on opening a small independent zendo].


Met Damien Douxchamps at the zazenkai (zazen gathering) at nearby Shisendo last Sunday morning. - more in Saunters


6-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-30, Joshu's Large Radishes is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 6.


Here's the best link for Jonathan Watts. It's the home page of the bereavement link posted before. The Wikipedia link posted a few days ago was for another person of the same name. Apologies.

Two books by Jonathan Watts

This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11 Japan

Amazon link to This Precious Life

Lotus in the Nuclear Sea: Fukushima and the Promise of Buddhism in the Nuclear Age - by Jonathan Watts and David Loy

Lotus in the Nuclear Sea - Kyoto Journal article by Watts

 posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


6-04-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 5 - 1983


With friend Kyoko Maeda, Katrinka and I hiked up Daimonji yesterday, the big kanji "dai (freat)" on the eastern mountainside way up overlooking Kyoto.

Here's a good page for it with photos in Open Kyoto

- posted in Saunters


We can look at time as space being constantly born. - Kabumpkan


6-03-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-25 is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 5.


Women with umbrellas for the sun which is getting hotter every day - and other comments posted in Saunters.

Included is this Kukai statement about suffering picked up at Toji in Kyoto.


Jonathan Watts has worked with shut-ins and suicide prevention in Japan. Check out this link on that.

He says he suggested to Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer for the New Yorker, that she write about Ittetsu Nemoto's work with Japanese shut-ins.

- posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


6-02-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XVII  - 2012  - Zen Center 50, Fifty Years of Wisdom and Compassion

That's the last one - each Wind Bell has been featured here in What's New. Also - now all of the hundreds of PDFs posted here on cuke since last summer, the 2013 Scans, have been optimized for size so they'll load quicker and with OCR for searching. - thanks Peter Ford


Nitsa Marandonatou's nature photography website - Nitsa did the Betty Warren book posted on cuke a few days ago. Betty Warren cuke page


Let our return flight to America go unused today.

Noh theater outdoors among the stately roofs at the Heian Shrine arrived 4:30pm, started an hour later. As it got dark, the fire ceremony. Four plays - first two slow, long, minimal, eerie. Third one more for common people it seemed - like a comedy, lots of talking. Fourth one great costumes. Out at nine.

Takigi Noh - shows great costumes - page for show we saw

Noh on Kyoto City Web

Takigi O-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance) - on Japan Official Guide

- posted in Saunters


Mentioned when we first got here had dinner with Jonathan Watts in Kamakura.

Video interview on Tricycle

posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events - more later.


6-01-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for each lecture on shunryusuzuki.com which includes a link to the Wind Bell. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-20 is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 3.


Had a great visit with CEO Toru Shimakage and his chief editor Eisaku Kawashima at Samgha Publishing (Japanese site) in Tokyo yesterday. - more in Saunters


May


5-31-14 - Koyasan mascot like something out of Peanuts everywhere as little statues and on posters and billboards. - more in Saunters

 

 

 

 

 

 


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-05-20,21 - Ralph Silver and crew go to Tassajara to film segment for film, Sunseed (now on shunryusuzuki.com in film section). Rohmer's film didn't happen. Wonder if they have any footage? Beck's cabin didn't happen. Don't think Santa Barbara house happened. Dana Fraser didn't go to Tassajara to translate for Tatsugami. Other little stuff did happen.


5-29 and 30-14 - I'm so happy to present Catherine E. "Betty" Warren - Nitsa Marandonatou's wonderful Book on Betty Warren with many photos - feel free to download. It is not available via regular sources. Each copy cost Nitsa over $125.  - thanks to Peter Ford for making it websize

Betty Warren cuke page


Kelly Chadwick's photo of Andrew Atkeison's iron face sculpture that we had in John Tarrant's field marking boxer Lola's grave. When Kelly trimmed some trees there last fall, I asked him to take it home to Spokane with him. Thanks Andrew.


Loading late again today. Almost time to upload tomorrow's so let's let it count for both cause pretty busy these days. Today's the third and last day in Koyasan, tomorrow early go to Tokyo to meet the CEO of Samgha, publisher of the new translation of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Zen Is Right Here (Zen Wa Ima Koko). Zip there on the Shinkansen - over 500 kilometers in a little over two hours. More on Koyasan.  - more in Saunters


5-28-14 - Loading late in the US day. Tomorrow's late too but hopefully not this late.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links in a chart that includes links to a page for the lectures on shunryusuzuki.com. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-19 is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 2.


Made some corrections to the Philip Whalen interview thanks to a note sent by David Schneider that is now tacked to the end of the interview. Don't know quite how long ago the note was sent. If I don't do something right away it can get lost in a sea of notes, emails, and thoughts. Thanks David. - dc


Katrinka and I are in Koyasan (search Internet for images).  - more in Saunters


5-27-14 - Interview with Daigan David Lueck


Letter on a visit with Shodo Harada Roshi to Sendai soon after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Domyo, a French monk from Sogenji temple in Okayama Japan March 28 April 5, 2011. The third of three letters. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Had a fascinating evening with Ian Shortreed. Check out his website, Kyoto Gardens. Twenty-three years ago he gave me a CD Rom that is now this web site. As we walked by the Gosho, the Imperial Palace ground, he said that the vast public park in there is the best garden in Kyoto and always open. - posted in Saunters


5-26-14 - RIP Kendrick Rand, husband of Annie, ex of Yvonne, father to Hillary and Chris with Yvonne and Carlyle with Annie. Condolences to all of you. Katrinka and I called yesterday to send our love. She worked for him at his restaurant, the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach which he sold some years ago. I enjoyed stopping off there for a chat with him on my way back to Bolinas three decades ago. He was fire chief there for years. Before that he was manager of the Mingeiya on Union Street in San Francisco and before that the MDR, Minimum Daily Requirement in North Beach. I can remember Chris bussing tables there in the sixties. Katrinka was in the parade in Stinson on Kendrick Rand day. Read about it and more here. Here's a film called Kendrick Rand Day 2001.


NYT interview with Tom Robbins - thanks Tom Silk


Eiheiji 2nd day - in Saunters


5-25-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication 1961-2012 presented in this index of PDF links. Today featuring:

Blue Cliff Records-14 & 15, Ummon Zenji is from the 1963 Wind Bell volume 2, issue 1.


Eiheiji 2nd day. Tomorrow. And more.


TSA site with stuff found.


5-24-14 - S E N D A I  R E P O R T on a visit with Shodo Harada Roshi soon after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 by Ekei Zenji, a German monk from Sogenji temple in Okayama Japan March 28 April 1, 2011.  ( One more letter from Myo, another disciple who accompanied Harada Roshi, will follow) - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 4 - 1983

Reminder: These newsletters now not only broken down into individual issues but optimized for size with OCR (optical character recognition) thanks to Peter Ford who is also processing all cuke PDFs this way. Folders A and B in 2013 Scans are completed and now will load much faster and, where applicable, will respond to text searches web-wide and with the cuke site search from the site search box near the top of the What's New and Home pages. We're approaching the end of uploading the PDFs onto cuke. The next step with these PDFs will be to complete organizing them into more logical categories.


Eiheiji 2nd day coming up tomorrow I hope. - dc


5-23-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

Religious Activity  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 13.


Eiheiji report first day.


5-22-14 - Nothing for this day. We were at Eiheiji. - dc


5-21-14 - Letter From SHODO HARADA ROSHI ABOUT HIS VISIT TO SENDAI - written recently after the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Two more letters from disciples who accompanied him will follow. - Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

Shodo Harada cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Not a Wind Bell, but the Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book - low def for quicker loading - photos lower quality. - thanks Peter Ford

Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book - high def


Off with Katrinka to Fukui Ken tomorrow then to Eiheiji for a night, Eternal Peace Temple - one of the two main training temples of the Soto sect where Shunryu Suzuki practiced after college and where some of his early students went like Jean Ross, Grahame Petchey, and Philip Wilson. Not bringing my Zenbook so no post tomorrow. Hoitsu Suzuki arranged it. We are to be Sanrosha.

Here's the Sanrosha Guidelines PDF

Here's the Sanrosha permission

A little intimidating. Was there in 91 with Katagiri's widow, Tomoe. We were special guests. I called it jidai geki (period theater). It's like going back in time. We'll see how it is this time. Pray for us. - DC

Wikpedia Eiheiji page

Here are some photos or just do a Google photo search for Eiheiji

posted in Saunters


5-20-14 - Meanwhile back at Sonoma County, CA, thanks to Andrew Atkeison for helping Tozen Akiyama with computer stuff and going over some pages Tozen has written that we're looking forward to seeing. Added some links to Tozen's cuke page. He's one of a handful of Soto Zen priests who came to the West and started centers.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

The 11th lecture (notes) Blue Cliff Records-6, Ummon's Every Day Is A Good Day  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 12.

There is now a new index page for these lecture files with links to the lectures (or notes from lectures as in these early ones) as text files presented on shunryusuzuki.com. - thanks Peter Ford


Privacy - Terms and Conditions my Apply

How Snowden's Revelations Have Strengthened the NSA

DC opinion - in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


On signing. When Katrinka and I were walking in Arashiyama the other day,  - more in Saunters


5-19-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

The Way of Eiheiji - booklet to accompany the recordings done by Elsie Mitchell in 1959. Way of Eiheiji cuke page (with old scans)

Elsie Mitchell main page 


Deep Kyoto - much here on our current place to be.
Read about Deep Kyoto Walks.
Call for submissions for Kyoto Journals issue 82 on food  - When I told John Einarsen that KJ should do an article on Tom Kirchner, he thought maybe in the upcoming food issue featuring Tom's gardening (see last two days' posts in Saunters).

The photographs of John Einarsen

The photographs of Stewart Wachs

Have photos with and of the later two from dinner the other night. And incriminating evidence. . - posted in Saunters


Linked to the Sasaki Archives where, I just learned, they excerpted from and linked to my piece on Joshu Sasaki entered last August.


Ralph Nader on C-Span - loved it - DC - thanks Matthew Zawisky - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


It is so weird to receive so many emails offering me fortunes, more this year than ever before. -  more in dc misc4


5-18-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-04-4,5 - Donnie Crockin (Don Deangelo) bread shop out of City Center. Ed Brown's cook book - Tass. Bread Book? discussion - if he latter, don't have the Shambhala contract yet but it came out that year. Room and board for City Center $90 a month, dorm charge $2.50 a night.


More on Tom Kirchner and bummed out. - in Saunters


Putting this in the Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind section:

The old 1979 Japanese translation called Shoshin-Zenshin [Beginner's Mind-Zen Mind] (which never heard anything good about) published by Hakuba Shobo

The new 2012 Japanese translation called Zen Maindo Biginaazu Maindo (Japanized English title). This is published by Sangha which also published Zen Is Right Here in March of this year. This is an Amazon link and ZIRH Japanese version, Zen wa Ima Koko is one of the suggested other books listed with cover. Here's that Amazon link.


5-17-14 - Visiting Tom Kirchner (a Saunters post) More soon I hope about this, the Arayshiyama area of Kyoto, and an evening with John Einarsen and Stewart Wachs of the Kyoto Journal.


All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

The 10th lecture (notes) 62-11-Sun-Faced-Buddhas-Moon-Faced-Buddhas  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 11.


5-16-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 3 - 1983


I've always bragged about how Japan vending machines and busses give change and now I'm starting to experience buses that don't give change. - that announce it on the readout up front that says what bus stop is next. It seems like I happen to be here when they're going through a transition because I'm experiencing it more and more. Tonight coming home from a great dinner more on that later the bus screen up front said no change and then the lady up front put a bill in and got change and paid with it. That was weird. Maybe they're going to take the change machine out next and until then they'll give change. Always so many things to figure out. - posted in Saunters


5-15-14 - The Record of Linji

by Thomas Yuho Kirchner (Editor), Ruth Fuller Sasaki (Translator)

amazon link

Books by Thomas Kirchner

Books by Ruth Fuller Sasaki

Read the dust jacket to know more about this book

A 2008 article on Tom Kirchner completing this unfinished work by Ruth Fuller Sasaki and getting it published

Tom Kirchner is one of the people interviewed in Zen and War. He lives in Kyoto and is a staff researcher at the Rinazi sect's Hanazono University.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition) and links to shunryusuzuki.com page for the lectures now being worked on.

The 9th lecture (notes) 62-10-Bodhidharma-Zen  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 10.


Barbara Wenger's Community Grows celebrates 20 years in the SFZC City Center neighborhood and beyond. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Site Presents Renewed Threat - thanks Taigen

 

- also posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Our practice - or some of it. in Saunters.


5-14-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XVI       -   2007

All the Wind Bells files are of optimized size for easy loading - 1/4 the size that they were. - thanks Peter Ford


When we rode the local train to Nara from Kyoto yesterday, I looked down on all the tracks and train cars sitting on side tracks, spare parts, lots of heavy iron.  - more in Saunters


Meditations from the Slow Lane

Personal writings from a life explored through Buddha Dharma and poetry.

by Jerry Bolick

 

Much Jerry Bolick on cuke - try the site search box above.


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

 - End Matter -

Notes on the Text and Pronunciation
Acknowledgments
Sources
Bibliography
Glossary

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right

This concludes posting the entire book, Crooked Cucumber. The text needs to be cleaned up - there are many breaks where words were divided where they need to be reconnected for instance.


5-13-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 8th lecture (notes) 62-09-To-Tame-Tiger  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 9.


Today Nara - Kofukuji with the towering pagoda, hondo covered for restoration till Heisei 30 (2018), National Museum where drunk on statues, Todaiji first blown back by sight of the huge hall, reputedly the largest wooden structure in the world, housing the Dai Butsu with accompanying Kannons and guardians impressively large as well. A giant 1000 year old cypress at Kasuga shrine. Walk walk walk.

Returned to Tuesday night samba jam at local dive - dreamy, rhythmic Latin hours rolled by.  - posted in Saunters


5-12-14 - HOW THOREAU'S WALDEN POND MIXED WITH THE GANGES AND YOGA CAME TO AMERICA WITH SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. - Reflections on Water by Peter Malakoff - available as an eBook from iTunes at that link.

YouTube video on the book

Peter Malakoff's blog with a bit on walking into Tassajara posted the other day.

posted in Others


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

ZC history items from Wind Bells

Draft page for Wind Bell with ZC history info - for WB Vol.XX-2, fall 1986

Group A - Added two page scan to Diamond Sangha newsletter 1970 review of ZMBM - July-Dec., New Series, Vol.1 - Nos. 4-6. Still last page of review, p.4, missing.

CC (Crooked Cucumber) group - Tarrant County, TX, Bestseller list 4-18-99


Smells not so pleasant come up through the drains in our Kyoto apartment so we keep them plugged when not in use. Wonder if this means they don't have U-shaped drain pipe. Sometimes the toilet room smells like tobacco smoke surely coming from the room below. Can slide a fusuma door to block off the bath, sink, and toilet roomettes. The bathroom though has a great tub. I never want to live without one. And I'd rather not live without a toilet with a sprayer for ones bottom. - posted in Saunters


Surely the last comment on Tyson's Inexplicable Universe. Why this mixing of spiritual stuff with science seems off limits? - more in dc misc4


Debunking a global warming skeptic in a way that probably does not satisfy global warming skeptics. - posted in Climate Change


5-11-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 7th lecture (notes) 62-08-On-Obon  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 8.


Kyoto Journal - Perspectives on Asia - the state of the art - read it, subscribe. Read about it. Promoted by cuke since before we were born.

Walked here yesterday and here's the Google image results of "walk to Kiyomisudera". - posted in Saunters


Another way of looking at climate change and suggesting other threats loom greater. - thanks Andrew M. - posting in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Climate Change


Congratulations to Kelly Chadwick on becoming an ISA certified, a Certified Arborist, an international certification. When in Spokane, get your tree work done by Spirit Pruners.

Congratulations to Clay Chadwick on completing court mandated volunteer hours.


More mere speculation on Inexplicable Universe. Tyson mentions human and chimp only 1% DNA difference and yet their smartest are about at our toddler level. - more in dc misc4


5-10-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-02-16 - Statements by Sotan Tatsugami and Shunryu Suzuki on establishing Buddhism in the West.


Katrinka just commented on how surprising it was to see how quickly the monks and students at Sogenji did things.  - more in Saunters


More Inexplicable Universe. Love the way Tyson is into what physicists don't understand and how great what they don't understand is. His approach is scientifically humble.  - more in dc misc4


5-09-14 - End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists - pointing to enourmous suffering it causes, urge harm reduction. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 6th lecture (notes) 62-07-On-Zazen_Shinsanshiki-Ceremony  is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 7.


Heard drums and voices chanting on the street on Monday. It was a neighborhood matsuri, fesitval.  - more in Saunters


Here more thoughts on the why just one beginning of life riff from yesterday. - more in dc misc4

Spent two days just fixing link on this site. Now for some other housekeeping - backups and more too tedious to mention. - dc


5-08-14 - A page of a Shunryu Suzuki lecture edit draft for 1967-01-12. We're trying to determine whose hand the edit marks are in, probably either Trudy Dixon or Marian Derby. - more in lectures


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 2 - 1983


Teresa Koboyashi mentioned in several recent posts has some art on the Celeste Prize site. - posted in Saunters


Due to the wonders of Hide My Ass, have been able to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson's Inexplicable Universe from Japan. Love this science stuff though most of it I can't really comprehend. Had some thoughts. - more in dc misc 4


5-07-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 5th lecture (notes) 62-06-What-Is-Law is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 6.


Just saw an impressive documentary on urushi, Japanese lacquer, on Core Kyoto, a production of NHK - it's the one named Kyo-shikki. It got well into varieties and details of the art and craft of ancient and current masters. Katrinka's ikebana teacher, Yasuko Nishimura gave her the DVD. She's in it talking about why she uses shikki, lacquer ware to serve meals to her family.  - more in Saunters


Got an answer from a member of Bozeman Dharma Center concerning looking for Buddhist's in Missoula. It's under the guidance of Anam Thubten whom Katrinka and I went to hear talk several times before leaving the Bay Area. He would be one of the best reasons to return. - dc


balloons5-06-14 - Mitsu Suzuki turned 100 this April 26th and forgot to post a happy birthday greeting to her here. Maybe forgot because had posted about her and that upcoming event earlier in the month when Katrinka and I visited with her. So today went back and put that happy birthday greeting in on 4-26-14. Also added this greeting to the Mitsu Suzuki page. In this way the past changes.

Was reminded of this because Layal Bockhorst Smith  mentioned it in an email. Layla has a sitting group in Corte Madera, CA, Mountain Root Sangha - and in Montana. Montana Zen Meditation Center.

Any Buddhist or Buddhist fellow traveler in Missoula out there? Please contact us.

You might not notice this link on the Mountain Root Sangha page to mountains walking.

Layla Smith (Bockhorst) page


In response to a letter complaining that the SFZC charges for zazen, let me assure you that it does not. Maybe they have a sign that suggests a donation but anyone can sit zazen at the SF Zen Center or any of its affiliates or any Zen Center or other Buddhist center that I know of for free. Checked with the treasurer and the secretary to make sure. - dc

Jordan Thorn assured me that zazen in the three centers was free and added:

If we have an all day sitting or a workshop that includes meals, there can be a fee. But even then anyone can come into the zendo and sit zazen, for free. I'm the treasurer, and I know what I say is the way things are.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XV-1      -   2006

All the Wind Bells files are of optimized size for easy loading - 1/4 the size that they were. - thanks Peter Ford


Visited with sculptor Yoshitada Ihara and wife Maki on the way home from Okayama and they sent these photos.


Stephen Hawking on great boon and dire threat from AI - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Epilogue

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


5-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 4th lecture (notes) 62-05-Buddha-Story is from the 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 5.

These Shunryu Suzuki lecture PDFs from the Wind Bells and now All the Wind Bells are files of optimized size for easy loading - 1/4 the size that they were. - thanks Peter Ford


Back in Kyoto from Okayama. Thanks to Harada Shodo Roshi and Chi-san and the monks and students at Sogenji for being there and being such inspiring and gracious hosts. - and more in Saunters


Another Creation Myth - Dreamed I went to a meeting of a group that says that our reality was created by a Japanese amateur scientist, Hitoshi Nakaguma, six years ago. All our memories and history and the whole universe that we know came with it. I asked how did he create it if it wasn't here for him to be in to create it. Where would his desk and laboratory go and so forth? I learned that he exists in another reality and that his desk and laboratory was there though he does have that here too. He's the only one in both realities. I asked if they worshiped him and was told, no, it's just good to know where we came from. - posting this in dc misc 4


5-04-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 1 - 1983


Global cooling scheme increases dangerous seafood toxin that destroys kidney function. - thanks Andrew M who writes "This is what the Hopis call the Crooked Path, wherein every "solution" proposed by human cleverness merely creates new problems. According to the Hopi Prophecy, we are headed for a great Purification (Hopi: Powateoni), and in fact I believe we are already well into it:" - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Relatively, what we've all got in common is we're born and we die. Everything in between varies. - Kabumpkan


Had a great time yesterday at Teresa and Hiroshi's cafe in Ushimado named Tereya Cafe - more in Saunters


5-03-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 3rd lecture  (notes) 62-04-Square-Zen is from 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 4.


On April 12th early that morning Huston Smith fell and lost consciousness. Throughout the next week his health continued to deteriorate and the Dalia Lama sent an emissary to read the Tibetan Book of the Dead at his bedside. However, after a couple of days Huston regained consciousness, gradually began to eat and drink a little, and is now much improved in mind, body and spirit. Although his hearing has greatly deteriorated, Huston has regained both his wit and wisdom. He has confined himself to bed and tires very quickly. - from an email received by DC


Peter Malakoff responds to DC comments on the 4-30-14 post on his memories of walking into Tassajara and meeting with Shunryu Suzuki.


I was wrong. They've been chanting the Heart Sutra in English here at Sogenji in Okayama, Japan, since before when I arrived in 1988.    - posted in Saunters, adding to yesterday's post on Sogenji. More tomorrow.


5-02-14 - Morning service at Sogenji starts at 4am. About 40 of us from all over the world. Shodo Harada Roshi entered wearing only black robes and sat facing the altar. Students and monks seated on both sides facing each other. No bowing before chanting, only three at the end. Service went on for an hour. First came the Heart Sutra in English - the version Peter Schneider created for Tassajara I think. I don't think I've ever heard English chanted in Japan before - or heard of it being chanted in Japan. The rest was in the old Sino Japanese - strong, fast, Harada's voice low, gravely, with frequent vigorously punched syllables adding a fierce rhythm. Impressive.   - posted in Saunters, adding to yesterday's post on Sogenji. More tomorrow.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-02-15- Yoshida Roshi (not Yoshida) coming - female priest from Japan who taught us how to sew okesa and rakusu, the vestments signifying ordination.  She had studied with Hashimoto who Katagiri studied with. It was that lineage, not Suzuki's that this sewing came from.


5-01-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication presented in this index of PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

The 2nd lecture  (notes) 62-03-What-Is-Zen is from 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 3.


Off to Okayama to stay at Sogenji which Elin and I lived next door to for three and a half years. Looking forward to seeing Shodo Harada Roshi, Priscilla, the monks and students, and old friend artist Teresa.

Here's a link to a page with a bit on Sogenji

  - posted in Saunters


Others - various contributions by others - as of 12/07

Was showing someone some of the places to go on cuke and realized that this section like so much that is here would be vary hard for someone to know it is there. Added it to Places to Go. This site really lacks good organization. It's a big mess. - feel free to make a better map. - dc posting this in dc misc 4


April


4-30-14 -  A memory of hiking into Tassajara and meeting Shunryu Suzuki from Peter Malakoff's blog which contains more about hiking in the wilderness around. Tassajara and a lot more than that. - thanks to Marilyn Sandperl


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Outline of Shunryu Suzuki college thesis

Japanese group

Flyer from Shoganji, the temple where Shunryu Suzuki was born. Note on it says Butsumon Sogaku died November 22nd, Showa 8 (1933) - a note I took while in the founder's hall with the markers of past priests. Added this date to Suzuki chronology.

Katrinka and I were just there a month ago and have some photos she took to post. - dc


Updated the Suzuki and Suzuki student related post log on the right side of the Shunryu Suzuki Index


Pedestrian safety in Kyoto - Bicycles on the sidewalks - cannot step to the side without looking back. Always should look both ways before crossing a street because there could be a bike though I don't recall seeing that but mainly because one might inadvertently look the wrong direction, the one from home. And always look both ways before entering a sidewalk.  - posted in Saunters


4-29-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication scanned and presented here as PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.

All entries for the first few years are based on notes. Recording began midway through 1965.

The first entry  (notes) 62-02-True-Zen, is from 1962 Wind Bell volume 1, issue 2.


It's raining lightly. When it started to rain, Fumi called it potsu-potsu. Found this YouTube explanation of that word.  - posted in Saunters


4-28-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XXXIX-2 - fall 2005


M. Katz comments on yesterday's sesame post. Flash forward to Tass Fall practice period '81. Gomashio is served with every meal. Somewhere in the middle of the practice period, Richard Baker has it taken away. Can't remember exactly why; he may have said a diet dictated by the senses leads to sugar-toasted salt.  Anyway, after a week or two of silent grumpiness, a student turns red and explodes at a general meeting. He explains bitterly that eating potato without salt was the last straw and should not be asked of any human being. It was the closest I saw to a mutiny at Tassajara. Next day, gomashio comes back to stay.

DC comment: I remember this having happened though I wasn't there. It had to do with salt. Dick was anti-salt. He complained about gomashio earlier like when I was director and finally decided to ban gomashio but, like you pointed out, was overruled by popular demand. He was also anti-soap, preferred to wash off without it before entering the hot tubs. But soap was never banned. - posted in ZC Stories, gomashio


The cream puff or whatever it was that Katrinka bought at a local (Kyoto) bakery was so good, that as I was eating it I realized it would soon be gone and experienced the tragedy of loss, like having a loved one die in my arms. Good whole wheat bread as well. Katrinka should make a bunch of mini video shots of some of the places where we get food. Like the place we got most of our dinner tonight - homemade food placed around in serving dishes one chooses from, places in to go containers to get weighed - like Whole Foods but the store about the size of a one car garage.   - posted in Saunters


4-27-14 - DC introduction to the Japanese translation of Zen Is Right Here.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Cloud Hidden Friends introductory letter - 1983 (file name misdated 1982)

Sure would like to get the six missing issues. I remember getting an email from someone some years ago saying that the collection of these newsletters in the SFZC library had been thrown out. Maybe I should ask them anyway. And maybe Berkeley ZC has them. Really need to index them so that we could see what's in them. Lot of interesting letters. - dc


Nuts are expensive here except for peanuts, a legume. But sesame seeds are reasonable - tan or black - and there are both types of sesame butter and you can get the seeds roasted and roasted and ground. In the morning I eat a banana with sesame butter and we love gomashio, sesame salt, which I quickly make by combining roasted sesame seeds with the roasted, ground sesame. Excellent on brown rice or vegetables.

Here's a story about the beginnings of using sesame salt at Tassajara.

A brief history of sesame  ---- even more

 - posted in Saunters


balloons4-26-14 - Happy 100th birthday Mitsu Suzuki

 

Mitsu Suzuki page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

70-01-02 - Suzuki comments on how to use upstairs and downstairs rooms at new building (which is not what happened) and on oryoki (which was not to be used as much as the thought it would be outside of Tassajara). I see my name mentioned about something I don't recall. $50 donations to Peggy (Jiyu) Kennet's group and Blue Mt. Meditation Center (had no idea about this). Super low amounts to charge for coming summer's Tassajara guest season and for people's stipends. Other details.


To yesterday's post Part Two of and Evening with Brian Victoria, today included an addition he sent to the part about Japanese soldiers in Vietnam and Indonesia - a bit of history he calls "a fascinating and little known story, especially in the US."


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Nineteen --  Final Season ---- 1971

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


Picnic with Fumi mother and Maki sister of woman who's apartment we're renting and a few of the latter's nice young female friends - on the banks of the Kamo River off Marutamachi in Kyoto on a sunny Saturday. Walk from Sanjo station to there and there to home about eight kilometers. So many neat little places on the side streets. One tiny store featured posters with Zappa, Beefheart, and Subgenious. Saw old building being demolished. - posted in Saunters


4-25-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Sokoji, Soto Zen Mission items from San Francisco Public Library archives

 

Sokoji page

 


 

On Watching the film Zen and War - an evening with Brian Victoria Part Two


Believe me, there is no goal, nor a way to reach it. You are the way and the goal, there is nothing else to reach except yourself. All you need is to understand, and understanding is the flowering of the mind. The tree is perennial, but the flowering and the fruit-bearing come in season. The seasons change, but not the tree. You are the tree. You have grown numberless branches and leaves in the past, and you may grow them also in the future - yet you remain. Not what was, or shall be, must you know, but what is. Yours is the desire that creates the universe. Know the world as your own creation and be free.  Nisargadatta - thanks Andrew Main


4-24-14 - SUZUKI ROSHI WRITES ON THE PRACTICE PERIOD

Wind Bell Vol. VI Nos. 2-4, P.4-6

This is a piece found in a Wind Bell a couple of years ago that wasn't in the archive. But I mistakenly only got the first paragraph then (which was transcribed by old SFZC Zennie Edgar Arnold in Munich). Here's the rest of it did this morning. It will be entered into the archive at shunryusuzuki.com soon as 67-08-00WB-A.- dc


Quote attributed to the Dalai Lama on Facebook and elsewhere obviously not from him.

Here's one discussion of it with the quote.

He'd never say something so complicated, slick, and organized. Why would someone do this, put his name on this? This isn't this first time this has been done with other quotes too - and other people. It's fairly rampant.

Just looked at a Dalai Lama Quotes page on Facebook to which I posted:

Some of these quotes are surely not the Dalai Lama. Is anyone fact checking these? I think this page should be called Quotes with the Dalai Lama's Name Put Under Them.

posted in dc misc 4


Hiroshima Peace Media Center article on Aimee Tsujimoto, journalist whose mother experienced the atomic bombing, conveys the dangers of radiation. Aimee is the partner of Brian Victoria. - posting on Recent evening with Aimee and Brian and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


4-23-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

Vol. XXXIX-1 - winter, spring 2005


Asteroid impact risks 'underappreciated' - B612 Foundation report. Sending satellite up in four years to better discover and track potential major threats to earth. The fact that this is being done not by governments but by concerned citizens of earth is another example of our species scant, yet mature, ability to confront major dangers that aren't part of our immediate game. The B612 Foundation was founded by former Apollo Nine astronaut Russell Schweickart. - posted in Species Threat #2


Here is a recent video on the ongoing tragedy at Fukushima:

It features a powerful interview with the former mayor of Futaba.

Brian Victoria sends. - posting in Brian's cuke page and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


4-22-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 3 - 1983 (Issue 2 is missing)

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page

Breaking these scans down to the individual issues.


Included Brian's corrections and additions to yesterday's evening with Amy (sp) and Brian Victoria.

I remember having a bit of trouble getting aspirin here before. Now there's one choice we've found so far: 30 500 mg tablets for about nine dollars. No cardio aspirin.  - posted in Saunters


4-21-14 - Part One - an evening with Amy (sp) and Brian Victoria. Spent yesterday late afternoon and Evening with Zen at War author Brian Victoria and his partner of twenty-seven years, Aimee who for years has been giving public talks on the imminent threat of radioactivity from Fukushima and other nuclear power plants. Wow. I think I'll write down what I can remember today. In the meantime, check out the Brian Victoria link on cuke. He's controversial - search the web - you won't have time to read it all. - this intro posted in Engaged Buddhism and Saunters


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-11-01,2B - Just the prior board meeting notes written up better

69-12 - Only these handwritten notes and doodles.


Didn't put up the happy Easter post till later in the day yesterday. Also forgot to note the 4-20 significance for pot smokers and neo Nazis but we can't keep up with everything.


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Eighteen --  The Driver ---- 1971

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


4-20-14 - Happy Easter which I see as Christian enlightenment day, death of the small self day. - dc

 


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

 

Receipt from Rudy for Bell - We got a lot of statues and stuff from Rudy who was a character - Albert Rudolph on Wikipedia

 

Notes on meaning of Sanpachi Nenju chant at Tassajara done on 3 and 8 days - a ceremony Tatsugami brought, done before 4 and 9 rest days from 1970. Not sure how long it continued.

 


 

Abe must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it's too late - Julian Gresser - thanks John Steiner - posted in Engaged Buddhism


 

Adultary site big in Japan - thanks Gregory (Not that it has anything to do with our being here) -   - posted in Saunters

 


4-19-14 - John Tarrant article, The World Catches Us Every Time in Shambhala Sun. PDF with magazine cover.

John adds: My name is on the cover and the cover text says the problem with distraction is that it stops you from getting enlightened. Fortunately my piece has nothing to do with that:-) - posted in others contribute


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC

All of the early one page and few page Wind Bells are now posted separately. Vol. I, 1961 - 62 had 13 issues, Volume II, 1963 had 8, and Volume III, 1964 had eight. - thanks to Peter Ford


Updated the John Steiner interview with some links to noble activities he's been involved with. He's been an engaged Buddhist from before he was a Buddhist and since. - posted also in Engaged Buddhism


balloonsHappy birthday, Clay Chadwick - 23, born in Okayama, Japan on this day.

 

 


Japanese tooth picks, at least the ones I've used, are the good design with a sharp end and a handle end, but are soft wood like in the US and don't hold the point well unlike the excellent hardwood toothpicks in Bali and I think in Thailand they were hard too but will have to double-check.  - posted in Saunters


4-18-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 1 - 1983

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page

Breaking these scans down to the individual issues.


Elizabeth Sawyer interviewed about Alan Chadwick - There's a lot of Alan Chadwick on cuke. Need to do a page for him. Later. Too tired. Do a site search from up above or on the home page. - dc


Visited with Jim Morton today. He was a Shunryu Suzuki student who went to Japan in 72. He's a calligrapher, artists, and sculptor. He's doing well.

Interview with Jim Morton from September 2012.

He lives near Sanjusangendo which we visited first. Do an image search on it.

  - posted in Saunters


James Lovelock on Environmentalism has becom a religion

Wikipedia Lovelock

      posted in Climate Change


4-17-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC - Volume XXXVIII-2 - summer, fall 2004


Rankin & Dub Ainu Band "You can't see it, and you can't smell it either"

This is a Japanese song with subtitles about radiation inspired by the disaster at the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. Ainu are descended from the aboriginal people of Japan. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


We're in an Air BnB rented apartment in Kyoto for two months. Here's the link to our particular place. Before Air BnB I don't know how this would have been possible. Japanese people are extremely helpful but Japan makes everything difficult and expensive, especially for foreigners, and Air BnB cut through all of that.  - posted in Saunters


At first we do meditation. Then we undo meditation. - Kabumpkan


4-16-14 - Miriam Bobkoff's blog of years is coming to and end.

Here's the home page.

Letter from Miriam about going to Sokoji in 1965.

For more on Miriam on cuke, put her name in the site search box above.


Adding to yesterday's post about Issho Fujita. The books he has translated are

Zen Keys by Thich Naht Hanh
Buddhism without beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
Feeling Buddha by David Brazier
Buddhist Psychology by Caroline Brazier
Emptiness and Brightness by Don Cupitt
Peaceful Action, Open Heart by Thich Naht Hanh

Issho Fujita suggested Crooked Cucumber to the publisher he works with but was told it's too long. A number of people have tried and failed to get it published. Fujita pointed out that Hoitsu Suzuki said it had been translated. I said yes, by an old student of Suzuki's who'd been asked by the family not to publish it after everyone who looked at the translation including Kaz Tanahashi and translator Shin Yoshifuku said it was not anywhere near publishable quality. It was useful for the family though who were grateful to be able to read it in that translation.

Created a cuke page for Issho Fujita


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-11-01 - Long meeting, long notes. Lots of talk about SFZC students giving talks outside, bringing in more Japanese priests, outside lecturers and teachers, inviting Katagiri to stay. Marian Derby and Dick Baker talk about publishing (Zen Mind) Beginner's Mind book showing no disagreement, getting close to decision. Baker is in the states for a brief time from Japan where he was living. ZMBM published the following spring. Here's that discussion extracted to put in ZMBM section. Much more. Lots from Baker. Suzuki here and there. Getting ready to move into the Page Street building.


More James Lovelock on humans being too stupid to prevent climate change from the Guardian -   posted in Climate Change


Tom Lehrer, an article on Buzz Feed about the great satirical songwriter from the fifties and sixties. I had the Tom Lehrer Songbook in high school and can sing one of his songs from memory right now. OK. I missed a few words. Looked it up. Redid it. Tune approximately correct. - thanks M Katz

and this is M Katz's favorite and it is good advice for aspiring writers

I Hold Your Hand in Mine by Tom Lehrer sung acappella by DC


We're going soon to the Kyoto International Community House of KCIF, the Kyoto City International Foundation (Kyoto Kokai Koryu Kikan), for Japanese class. Katrinka will join a group class with multiple teachers who can deal with anyone at any level and I will meet with a woman in the coffee shop just to chat and ask questions.  - more in Saunters


4-15-14 - Yesterday posted about Zen Is Right Here now available in Japanese. I only learned about this because Issho Fujita got hold of me a few months ago with some questions concerning the translation. I thought he was the translator but he wrote me that the translator is "Toru Shimakage, the president of Sangha, a Buddhist publishing company, maybe the most active in publishing books on Buddhism in Japan now. I just did proof reading and editing. And I wrote a commentary on the significance of Suzuki Roshi in Zen in America." Fujita was the teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in MA for 17.5 years. He is now working at Soto Zen International Center located at Sokoji in San Francisco as Director, a position that requires him to travel a lot. He's in Buenas Aires today. He spends part time with his family in Hayama Japan near Kamakura in a beautiful estate with a zendo and traditional buildings in a natural setting bordered by a stream. He's done a lot of translating too. - dc

SFZC page for Issho Fujita

Here's a two year old article on Issho Fujita from the Japan Times.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Program notes for Stephan Truelove's CD Music Memoriam for Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi

Rosa Gustaitus LA Times West Magazine March 9, 1969 article on Tassajara


The Dharma Teachers International Collaborative on Climate Change  - posted in Climate Change


There is so much more recycling now in Japan than when I was here over twenty years ago when there was no official recycling that I can remember and shocking waste. I've got to take the trash in a designated bag out to the designated spot across the street now. That's done Tuesday and Friday mornings. Can't put it out at night. Isn't much and I bet we can figure out how to reduce it more because there are official and private recycling, more than in the US. - more in Saunters


4-14-14 - Zen Is Right Here is now available in Japanese as Zen wa Ima Koko.

The whole name, with subtitle, in Japanese appears to be long like the American version. (Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind")

zen wa ima koko senkiyuuhiyakurokujiyuunendai amerika ni zen o hirometa suzuki shiyunriyuu no oshie to itsuwa (some weird romanization there maybe from translation software for web)

That translates as the Zen (is) Now Here: teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (who) spread Zen in Sixties America anecdotes

Here's a link to a page for the book on Yes Asia.

Zen Is Right Here page on cuke.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 5 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page

Breaking these scans down to the individual issues.


Michael Shuman's Commentary on Community Economics  caught my attention. Especially found this interesting: My Nominee for the Next Nobel Prize in Economics - DC - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


We got plenty of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Kamakura, and Gifu, but were warned that they'd be gone when we got to Kyoto. First day in Kyoto we walked in Cherry blossom snow down the Tetsugaku no Michi, the Philosopher's Path. But yesterday there were still trees at the Imperial Palace and elsewhere whose blooms hadn't fallen. Weather is mild. We arrived at the perfect time.   - posted in Saunters


Cool - today is 41414.


4-13-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXVII-1 - 2003


We should give up trying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock.  - posted in Climate Change


Happened to learn about and get into the Kyoto Imperial Palace on the last of five open to the public free days. Never been there. There's so much to see here could take Katrinka for two months only to places I've never been.   - posted in Saunters


4-12-14 - David Loy and John Tarrant will be at the Rockridge Meditation Community in Oakland, CA, Monday night. The Rockridge teacher is David Weinstein.

View more on this event here.

John Tarrant is the head teacher of the Pacific Zen Institute in Santa Rosa, CA.

David Loy website


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-09-09 - Nice and short. Nothing special.


A bus to nowhere, suggested by M Katz who writes: Heard this on my car radio and thought it the best description of Zen I've ever heard. It's about a 15-minute sound clip.I'm building a bus stop for myself. 


Bought some excellent cue tip type ear swabs in Kamakura, just what I've always wished they were like - fatter at the end and not on a sharp stick that the end comes off of. The rest of Asia so far I've only seen them with tips smaller that the US though those tips don't come off. Most pleased. - posted in Saunters


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Seventeen --  One and Many ---- 1969-1970

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


4-11-14  -  Daya Goldschlag (dc 1st ex) writes about Mitsu Suzuki after reading posts on DC visit with her in Saunters.

 


First night in Kyoto shopped at a large supermarket (don't remember anything that big from before). Then on the way home walked up to an organic vegan restaurant where we at great food and met three cool dudes. - more in Saunters


You may want to join the Years of Living Dangerously watch party for Episode One. It's a Showtime series on climate change. Looks good.  - posted in Climate Change

 


The Grand Rapids Lip-dub Video was filmed May 22,  2011 as an official response to the Newsweek article calling Grand Rapids a dying city.' 

 


4-10-14 - Heirs To Ambedkar: The Rebirth of Engaged Buddhism in India - Alan Senauke's new book. More about it.  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events

Alan Senauke cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Nona Ransom notes (some in her hand) - Nona Ransom cuke page

Notes on Richard Baker, Shunryu Suzuki, Ananda Claude Dalenberg


Japan update - Arrived her with Katrinka April 2nd late.   - more in Saunters


4-09-14 - Call climate change what it is: violence - thanks Taigen Dan Leighton (Rebecca is a Zenni)  - posted in Climate Change


Wrote a note to Kelly about his painful sting from a stonefish in 1988 in Japan.   - more in Saunters


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 4 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


4-08-14 - Shunryu Suzuki's widow, Mitsu Suzuki, showed me how she could see Mt. Fuji, Fuji San, from her window.  - more in Saunters

Mitsu Suzuki page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 3 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


4-07-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXVI-2 - fall, winter, 2002


Spent the night at Rinsoin, Shunryu Suzuki's home temple, and sat zazen this morning with his son the present abbot, Hoitsu, and Hoitsu's son Shungo, also a priest and next in line, and some men from Yaizu. After breakfast and laundry, Katrinka and I visited with Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, and she gave me a copy of her new collection of haiku, A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer. - Amazon link

SFZC event: A White Tea Bowl: A Book Event Celebrating Mitsu Suzuki Senseis 100th Birthday

Mitsu's 100th birthday is coming up on the 26th of this month and she's doing great, quite energetic, walking well, was quite affectionate, hugging me repeatedly. Most touching.

Hoitsu's wife Chitose drove us to Mitsu's. Also there were Mitsu's daughter Harumi and Hoitsu's sister-in-law, Mitsuyo, who is visiting from San Francisco.

Hoitsu is now the Seido of a practice temple in Okayama where he's leading a one week sesshin this month and going there for a week every month. He'll also spend a week at Eiheiji later this month.

Mitsu Suzuki page --- Hoitsu Suzuki page  - posted in Saunters and Sangha News


Information Clearinghouse - Eric Arnow's favorite news site  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Eric's cuke page


4-06-14 - Peter Matthiessen has died. - thanks Brit Pyland

NY Times

SF Gate

Wikipedia

 

Peter Matthiessens Homegoing - NY Times Magazine - thanks Doug McKechnie

 

Peter and his wife who died soon after, Deborah, were at Tassajara with Suzuki Roshi and the rest of us for a while. He became a priest in Maezumi's White Plum Asanga. I loved his At Play in the Fields of the Lord. He gave 1st wife Daya (Dianne) and me The Tree Where Man Was Born for a wedding present. The cuke bibliography, lists his book, Nine-Headed Dragon River:Zen Journals 1969 - 1982 with the following: "Matthiessen's path includes a bit of Suzuki, more background accounts of Soen Nakagawa, Yasutani, and Eido Shimano Roshis." He was helpful to me over the phone with research on Crooked Cucumber and sent this blurb. He's been a diligent, articulate trooper for harm reduction. - DC


 

Danny Parker Seeks help collecting material for book of Ed Brown's talks and more. Read on and help him.

 


Lots of cherry blossoms. Clear view of snow covered Mt. Fuji snow covered, clear sky. - posted in Saunters


4-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Wesley Williams 1974 letter to the SFZC on Shurnyu Suzuki, having read ZMBM.

1994 anti nuclear power painting by Mayumi Oda, co-founder of Plutonium Free Future with Kazuaki Tanahashi.


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Sixteen --  The City ---- 1968-1969

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


Check out Sudo Yuko dot com, the website for the professional photography of a kind young woman named Yuko helped me find an ATM in Kamamkura where my debit card would work. She saw I was having trouble and went way out of her way for Katrinka and me.  - more in Saunters


4-04-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

Universal Life Friends issue 2 - 1982

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


Met with Ursula Okle and Rainer Holdt of Sanbo Zen (formerly Sanbo Kyodan but Kyodan became a bad word because the group that poisoned people on the subways ten years ago were a kyodan which is just a word for group). Walked with them from the Kamakura train station to the beach and then to the zendo where we joined others for the evening sitting. This is the zendo where Yasutani Haku'un and his heir Yamada Koun sat and taught and from which so much Zen in the west has sprung including more than what they include on their website. - dc   - posted in Saunters


4-03-14 -  After posting yesterday's article by Rger Angell in miscellaneous, looked down and was reminded of last year's 10-13 Pseudo Dionysius post and thought it deserved a more prominent place and so, as a small step in the overhaul of this site's presentation and organization, am adding the book to the bibliography and the excerpt to the Excerpts section. This is early Christian Heart Sutra.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXVI-1 - spring, summer, 2002


Landed at Haneda, the old Tokyo airport last night, to learn that one of our three bags didn't make it from Singapore where we'd changed planes. It was Katrinka's. It arrived this morning at the funky hostel type yet clean place where we stayed but we didn't know it because I'd walked out to the big street to meet the delivery van thinking they'd never find the little out of the way place were we were. Meanwhile the delivery vehicle came in behind me. For a while we thought it was lost but found it in the caretaker's office. He didn't know whom it was for. I had to climb in through a window to get it. For about an hour we thought it had been handed to "a foreign woman" who'd run off with it. A nice Indian woman who lives there said oh that's the young long-haired Chinese man who lives in the room marked office. So after an hour of confused drama we made our noon appointment which I'll mention tomorrow. - DC    - posted in Saunters


4-02-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC -  
Volume XXXV-2 - fall, winter, 2001


People in the West frequently mention sex, sex tours, illegal sex, sex biz when they think of Thailand. That only came up a few times obliquely on our three weeks there. - posted in Saunters


THIS OLD MAN - Life in the nineties BY  in the New Yorker. Posted in  miscellaneous.


4-01-14 - There is hope for us all

Sorry to miss another St. Stupid's Day Parade in SF.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters

They're all there now from the Universal Life Friends issue 1 - 1982

to Zen Freethinker Issue 36 - 1991

44 in all from 1982 to 1991 (6 missing)

The middle 32 are named Cloud Hidden Friends

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


We just got a lot of dental work done in Thailand far cheaper than the US. Recommend the Seventh Day Adventist Mission Hospital for that and other medical needs. India was good too and much cheaper. When I write good, I mean excellent - both countries - but not all experiences are as good as ours. My dentist in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu India had digital ex-rays which I'm sorry Mission Hospital doesn't have. Dr. Goffman warned us.   - posted in Saunters


March


3-31-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells -  Volume XXXV-1 - summer, 2001

Now they're all up. Will continue to feature one every few days but they're all there - all 102 of them, publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 -  - plus the Tassajara 25 year anniversary book

at the Wind Bells page


Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN - posted on Climate Change


Learned something new the other day while looking at what I thought was a banana tree. It's only that in popular parlance. Technically it's an herb, an herbaceous plant - the biggest one in the world that can grow up to 36 feet high.

I read this on a sign in front of some banana trees in a tropical jungle. Checked it out today. See this.    - posted in Saunters


3-30-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXIV-2A - fall 2000, winter 2001 - since the missnumbered 1st one was 2, this issue was 2A

Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-09-17 - Report on letter from Kobun Chino to Shunryu Suzuki. Talk about member dues, supporting new priests, about the new building at Page St. where they haven't moved yet. Suzuki on sitting in the new building and Sokoji, the temple they'll be moving from. Suzuki on one day sesshin and oryoki and how many zazen periods to have in new building.


We saw a Gibbon family in the wild yesterday swinging around in trees. They don't have tails. Wow.    - posted in Saunters


3-29-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters -----

Cloud Hidden Friends Issue 1 - 1983 - the prior one dated 1982, was called the first letter, and is now labeled Introductory Letter.

Now these newsletters broken down into individual issues. This is the 1st newsletter.

Ananda Claude Dalenberg cuke page


The key point to understand about karma is that it is not an outside power. - Kambumpkan


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Fifteen --  Tassajara --- 1967-1968

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


3-28-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXIV-2 - spring summer, 2000 - missnumbered I think. Should be #1. Next issue is 2A. - dc


Another note from Taigen Dan Leighton:

This article by Julian Gresser, while highly technical, makes a strong argument for preparing for another catastrophic earthquake affecting Fukushima Daiichi. It explains how earthquake prediction is becoming more accurate with scientific advances, details the horrific possibilities which could follow, and pleads for evacuation planning for the areas close to Fukushima, including Tokyo.  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Taigen's Peace and Justice Page  ----  Taigen cuke page


Arrive in Japan in a few days and will be in contact with some folks knowledgeable about what's happening with Fukushima. Kaz Tanahashi told me not to go to Tokyo. I said I'd be in Kyoto. He said that's okay then asked for how long. I said a couple of months. He said, "It's been good to know you." Pray for us. - dc   - posted in Saunters


3-27-14 - A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - by Mitsu Suzuki, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer.

Amazon link

SFZC event: A White Tea Bowl: A Book Event Celebrating Mitsu Suzuki Senseis 100th Birthday


A note from Taigen Dan Leighton:

Danger from the Fukushima meltdowns continue.  Large amounts of Radioactive Water continues to be released into the Pacific Ocean daily, and Fukushima radiation has been detected on the U.S. West Coast. And yet nuclear power somehow continues to be promoted as a solution to the increasingly apparent perils of Climate Damage.

See "Fukushima plant hanging by its fingernails":  - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events and Taigen's Peace and Justice Page  ----  Taigen cuke page


From SFZC News

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (3/19/14)

approved an amended Deed of Gift sending the Zen Center archives to Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. - thanks Michael Katz


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters -----

Cloud Hidden Friends introductory letter - 1982

Cover page for whole collection made by his daughter Diane when she photocopied them.

Now these newsletters broken down into individual issues. This is marked the first letter. After this he called them issues.


3-26-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters -----

Zen Freethinker Issue 33 from 1991

Breaking these newsletters down into individual issues. Next we'll need an index


A bit busy here. Where am I?   - posted in Saunters


3-25-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters -----

Zen Freethinker Issue 34 from 1991

Now these newsletters broken down into individual issues.


3-24-14 - Joel Weishaus, Artist-in-Residence at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, shares his Beginner's Mind Project with us:

The Introduction has been revised (and to begin again)

"Winter 2013-14," concludes the one-year "Beginner's Mind" project


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-09-01 - Mainly talk about the new building, 300 Page St., preparing to move in there, who will do so. Anne Armstrong wants to come to Tassajara as a student last week of September. OK if she doesn't do any readings. Anne was a well-known psychic a number of students including Richard Baker saw. See Anne Armstrong cuke interview.


3-23-14 - Video interview with Steve Stucky on Vimeo - thanks Elizabeth Sawyer

Steve Stucky (rip) cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Zen Freethinker Issue 36

Now these newsletters broken down into individual issues. Will be linking to these next and deleting the multiples.  - thanks Peter Ford


3-22-14 -  Eric Arnow on a talk to a group of monks at Wat Suan Dok, in Chiang Mai, Thailand - an overview of his 2013 pilgrimage to China, a followup to yesterday's post from his Bumble Buddhist blog.

Eric Arnow cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXIII-2 - fall-winter 1999


Shambhala Center Presents Book Reading by David Schneider on Philip Whalen

Crowded by Beauty, The Poetry of Zen Monk Philip Whalen

at the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco
1231 Stevenson Street

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:30 9 pm
Free

Relevant links on David Schneider cuke page   and Philip Whalen cuke page

I don't think this book has been published yet. - DC


Not the sort of article I'd normally link to, or even look at, but it's just what Elin and I did in Osaka after our wedding there in 1988. It's also not the sort of thing we normally did in Japan. Tell about this in Thank You and OK: an American Zen Failure in Japan. - posted in dc misc 4


3-21-14 - Meeting Ming Hai  - abbot of Bai Lin Si, the temple of Zen Master Joshu by Eric Arnow on Bumble Buddhist. - sent from Chiang Mai, Thailand

Eric Arnow cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Steve Tipton letter to SFZC on making Shunryu Suzuki lectures more accessible back when we were first beginning to share the unpublished material more widely. Now it is all available at the Suzuki Roshi section of the SFZC's website which is very well presented, the focus being the Dharma Talks Blog moderated by Zen Center Priest Korin Charlie Pokorny and in completeness at shunryusuzuki.com


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Fourteen --  Taking Root --- 1965-1966

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


3-20-14 - Erik Storlies new memoir: Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root:  A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender has received some great reviews.

Check it out at beginner zen dot com and on Eric Storlie's cuke page

- Amazon link


National Religious Campaign Against Torture - NRCAT.org - has a lot of campaigns going - just check their website. One is to Take action today to end torture in California prisons. To send a message on that via this link. - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


Fred Kimball, Psychic Friend - part four of a four part article


3-19-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Niels Holm to DC 2007

in Japanese Group

letter from Mitsu Suzuki on To Shine One Corner of the World (Zen Is Right Herre)


Fred Kimball, Psychic Friend - part three of a four part article


3-18-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - H Group

Letter from Elsie Mitchell in support of Cuke Project (she used DC name but it's for this work)

Institute for Historical Study (IHS) a Cuke Project fiscal sponsor - IRS tax exempt letter


Fred Kimball, Psychic Friend - part two of a four part article


3-17-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-07-15-16 - [This link no longer applies - see three files it was broken up into at link below] Long, should be broken up into multiple PDFs, poor quality - that's the way it was when I copied it twenty years ago. Lots of important stuff. July 24th board meeting included in this group accidentally. Note on that reads "We resolve to buy the building at 300 Page Street."  Shunryu Suzuki announces resignation from Sokoji and --- more here


Fred Kimball, Psychic Friend - part one of a four part article


3-16-14 - Andy Ferguson's Net Zero Made Simple

Andy Ferguson cuke page

Also posted on  Climate Change


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Issues 35, 36 (link now goes to index for individual issues) - that's the last of them. But they're already obsolete. Read #35 below. Just received these newsletters broken down into individual issues. Will start linking to those next and deleting the multiples. 36, the last one will come next.  - thanks Peter Ford

Zen Freethinker Issue 35


Farewell Hal Douglas - - more in dc misc 4


3-15-14 - Photos of our friends Vidya and Wai and others and us including the kids and the school in Kuala Lumpur.   - posted in Saunters


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXVI-2 - fall 1992 - this is the one that was missing.


Kelly Chadwick left the wine biz last year to pursue his passion of working with trees. Check out Spirit Pruners.

Recently he wrote:

Heres I am pruning an English Walnut at a fabulous farm by the border with Canada last Spring. Headed back there and two other neighboring farms next week. The area is beautiful and filled with wildlife that travels around me while working. Last year, along with many other creatures, a Sharp Shinned Hawk landed next to me with a bird in its talons and spent a couple minutes subduing its prey before flying off. 

See the photo on Kelly Chadwick cuke page put together today.


3-14-14 - Alan Senauke cuke link page. - Wanted to link to something for Alan yesterday but there's so much here on cuke, decided to make a cuke link page for this engaged folk music dharma bro Buddhist.


Yesterday at the CLIC (Cooperative Learning Initiative Community) where Katrinka and I are staying in Kuala Lumpur, we spent the afternoon with ten great little kids ages six to eleven and a couple of babies and some mommies and daddies.  - more in Saunters

Wai,our host along with Vidya, is in charge of the school. Here's her website for the school and education: Learning Beyond Schooling


 

A nice clip of Shunryu Suzuki on YouTube from his San Do Kai talk that was filmed at Tassajara. (The kanji on the blackboard are by yours truly. - DC)

 

You can find all Shunryu Suzuki video at shunryusuzuki.com. And this link will go where there are some links to other compilations at the Suzuki video link here on cuke.

 


Living Color: Painting, Writing
and the Bones of Seeing

Coming in March

go to Natalie Goldberg dot com for more


 

Yesterday's "drop belief and forget teachings" was a quote stolen from Kabumpkan.

 


3-13-14 - Warm Weather and Warm-Hearted Practice Linda Galijan, Tassajara Director from Tassajara News.  - posted in Climate Change

Presenting Suzuki Roshi's Teachings - with Sojun Mel Weitsman 
August 29- September 1 (Friday- Monday) - All are welcome.


We're in Kuala Lumpur now staying at CLIC (Cooperative Learning Initiative Community) that's in a residential area. It's also a school run by Wai. Her husband is Vidya. I met them through Alan Senauke.   - more in Saunters

Vidya's website - Samma-ajiva (right livelihood) dot net - Beyond Buddhism - transcending self, transforming society

Vidya's blog


A tediously accurate map of our solar system - thanks Andre Main - I've long been into scale models of our solar system which is usually pictured with just vaguely approximate sizes of the objects (such as earth) but no attempt to show distance.

some prior links on this here


Added to DC bio page today:

Even though the core of all this is preserving the legacy of Shunryu Suzuki, I don't think about him much or about practicing his way and so forth. To me the essential step of spiritual practice is to drop belief and forget teachings. Just taking the next step, the next breath, and doing my duty.  - dc, 3-13-14


3-12-14 - Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Thirteen --  Journeys - 1963-64

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


BBC had a story about children in Syria featuring a photo of a young girl with the tagline that she earns $4 a day. News media frequently mentions a figure a person or persons earn in some foreign country without stating what the earning power of $1 is there compared to the US or Europe.  - more in Saunters


From NBC Dateline - My brief Rendezvous with the Guru - creepy


3-11-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.

email on Crooked Cucumber 1999 from friend of mother's friend. - Group CC

------------Crooked Cucumber main page

dc note about Della Goertz for event for her at the SFZC City Center 2002 - Group H

------------Della Goertz cuke page

letter from DC in Japanese to Mitsu Suzuki 2001 - Group Japanese -

------------Mitsu Suzuki cuke page


Leaving Bali tomorrow morning for Kuala Lumpur then Thailand then Japan. Back to Bali in July. Best place we can afford to live it seems. To errands and packing! - dc. - posted in Saunters


3-10-14 - Shunryu Suzuki memorial at Green Gulch Farm


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXIII-1 - spring, summer 1999


Reflections on Traditions Cafe - near term extinction talk - posted in Climate Change


3-09-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

29,33,34 - 30,31,32 missing


Ketut, the driver, told us about his sister on the way back to Sanur from Amed yesterday.  - more in Saunters


3-08-14 - Malaria rises with the tempurature. Read about this ten years ago too. The #1 killer of all time inches up. (correct me if I'm wrong) - dc at cuke dot com - posted in Climate Change


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-05-07 - Resolutions - one resolution that didn't happen was to buy a Volkswagen Bus for Tassajara. What were they thinking of? The road is too steep and grueling for a VW bus repeated use.


Saturday - Ketut is here to pick us up in Amed where we've been for four days. - more in Saunters


3-07-14 - On the Floor of Greens - 5 - Mr Johnson - written twelve years ago about my experience of being host at Greens, the SFZC's restaurant, for the first two years. - DC


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group H -

Letter from Shunryu Suzuki former student Asaoka

with photos of DC 1994 trip to Japan to gather information for Crooked Cucumber bio of Suzuki.

photos one - DC with former Suzuki students Asaoka, Amada, Suetsune, Hoitsu Suzuki with rakusu, his wife Chitose top left, Ms Suzuki and her daughter at bottom. Asaoka multiple times.

photos two - with former SFZC abbot Christina Lehnherr at bottom right.


3-06-14 - Two new abbots for the SFZC - Furyu Nancy Schroeder and Rinso Ed Sattizahn step up.

Statue of Shunryu Suzuki at the SFZC's City Center Gets a New Seat


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXII-2 - fall, winter 1998.


Ketut our driver friend is not a big fan of Bali Hinduism which is his religion.  - more in Saunters


3-05-14 - On the Floor of Greens - 3 - Greens Blues - written twelve years ago about my experience of being host at Greens, the SFZC's restaurant, for the first two years. - DC


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Twelve --  Sangha - 1961-62

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


Today's facts are tomorrow's superstitions. - Kabumpkan


3-04-14 - Byron Black wrote about Nanao Sakaki. Black lives in Jakarta now. We had some back and forth about Japan and Indonesia. - in comments which is hardly ever posted on anymore. These emails are from back in September. Always trying to catch up. - dc


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group H -

errata for Shambhala Sun article - wonder what issue and where the article this goes with is? I remember it - something to do with one of my books or something relating to this work - the top line was cut off on each page.

Note for Norman Fisher's Shinsanshike from Richard Baker read by DC

Institute for Historical Study donation receipt - sent out by DC to donors with note in 2000 or so. The IHS is one of cuke's fiscal sponsors. The other is the Pacific Zen Inst.

Some Japanese - Kanji for Kishizawa and other plus possible Shunryu Suzuki kanji relating to Richard Baker - should separate.


Ward Ruscoe memorial video now linked from his memorial page with a few comments added.


3-03-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-05-07 - Lots of interesting discussion. Suzuki comes in toward the end.

This predates prior board note post.


On the Floor of Greens - 2 - Hard Work, Low Pay - written twelve years ago about my experience of being host at Greens, the SFZC's restaurant, for the first two years. - DC


3-02-14 - The Essence of Meditation with Lewis Richmond

- Interactive online course

- March 10th through April 4th, 2014

Lew Richmond cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Issues 26, 27, 28 - (link now goes to index for individual issues)


Amarillo friend Jim Griffin has some nifty stuff on Japanese film, jazz, funnies and comics in Uncle Griffie's Jazz and...


Early morning in Puputan Park in Denpasar   - more in Saunters


3-01-14 - Why I Became a Buddhist, Meeting My Two Spiritual Teachers, Ascending and Descending Spirit by Paul Shippee


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXII-1 - spring, summer 98.


More of Ray Rimmer's photos of Ward Ruscoe and family and Ray and me.


February


2-28-14 - Andy Ferguson - Since we installed our green energy changes weve easily learned how to use them to minimize energy. - read more on Andy's cuke page.


Added a photo of Ward Ruscoe to his memorial page plus the time and place of the memorial.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group H -

Elephant in the Room - a poem by Allen Ginsberg [cuke interview with Ginsberg]


Andy Ferguson - Since we installed our green energy changes weve easily learned how to use them to minimize energy. - read more on Andy's cuke page.


2-27-14 - RIP Ward Ruscoe, like a brother.


2-26-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group CC -

Doug Luskatof - sp? - Suzuki student comments on Crooked Cucumber

Bellingham Herald - review of To Shine One Corner of the World which now in Zen Is Right Here.

Crooked Cucumber reviews page


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Eleven --  Bowing - 1960

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


How they say Sunday night.   - more in Saunters


2-25-14 - On the Floor of Greens --- 1 - Would You Hold Please? - Something written twelve years ago about my experience of being host at Greens, the SFZC's restaurant, for the first two years. - DC


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group CC -

Two reviews of Crooked Cucumber from way back in 1999.

Washington Post

Primary Point - Chogye Int'l ZC of NY


2-24-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXI-2 - summer, 1997


I went to this page on Einstein researching the authenticity of a quote I liked a lot and which I've repeated. The way I repeated it was, "The universe is an illusion, just a very convincing one." I should have checked earlier. It's not that far off, essentially the same meaning, but it's different. But aside from that, the stuff on this page is so profound I can't believe it. I don't spend a lot of time with this sort of heavy material but when I do I'm impressed with what people can come to with another type of meditation. Einstein said he got it all without math. And the site is full of material like this. Over my head but like how I see things. Just don't ask me what that is. - dc - posted in dc misc 4


I do not like to ride or ride on motorbikes. I never have. This is motorcycle kingdom. There are a lot of cars and SUVs and trucks too but so many motorbikes.  - more in Saunters


2-23-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Issues 23,24, 25 - (link now goes to index for individual issues)


Father Steve Frost's Nepsis site gets a new look


Mob of locals on the beach this morning.  - more on that, Jake, Asia in Saunters


2-22-14 - Gordon Geist remembers Shunryu Suzuki - submitted in 1999 and good to read again. - with an intro by DC


Alan Chadwick dot com - A Gardener of Souls - now has Challenges Faced by Alan Chadwick at Green Gulch.


"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir

Isn't this a nice quote?

Read about its source here. I get stuff sent to me all the time that people don't check out. And I'm sure cuke is full of stuff I didn't check out.


2-21-14 - Saying Farewell: A Record of the Funeral for Myogen Steve Stucky - with a link to video of the ceremony.

Steve Stucky memorial page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-05-21 - Talk about housing which will change in half a year when they move to Page Street.

Listed as novice priests: Mel Weitsman, Dick Baker, Phillip Wilson, Jean Ross, Claude Dalenberg - in no particular order. Grahame Petchey not included because he wasn't part of the scene anymore.

Suzuki disciples


We go to see Jake tomorrow. - posted in Saunters


2-20-14 - By All Means by Edward Espe Brown, illustrated by Margot Koch, with a painting by John Simpkins --Missing Links Press, San Francisco (112 pages)

Review by Catherine Gammon on SFZC.org

Publisher's Flyer PDF

To order, send a check for $20 plus $6 shipping/handling (California residents please add $1.80 sales tax) to Edward Espe Brown, 75 Sequoia Road, Fairfax, CA 94930.  Please include a note that it is for the book.  Alternatively, you may pay using the PayPal button on the Audio Dharma page.

Edward Brown Cuke Page


Six Poems by Bijan Jalali sent by Gary Gach

Gary Gach has a cool site


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

Part Two - America - 19591971 - Chapter Ten --  A New Leaf - 1959

 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


2-19-14 - Rilke and Nanni by Jenny Wunderlyoard

 

Jenny Wunderly cuke page


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group H -

A College Activist Comes Home - by Betty Warren

Betty Warren cuke page


2-18-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXXI-1 - winter, 1997


Found some notes to add to the Bob Watkins page.

Bob Watkins told DC 3/19/10

 

SR told him, "You may leave the monastery but the monastery won't leave you."

 

"I found a better word for you than patience. It's constancy." Suzuki Roshi to Bob working under the bridge over the small creek

 

Little by little was a big teaching of his. Big things are accomplished in small increments.

 

Kotoku Bunryu. Bun from Kobun and Ryu from Shunryu. [Given to Bob by Kobun Chino when he was ordained]


Meditation cushions & bells fundraiser for Orchids & Bones Zendo in Minneapolis, Minn.


2-17-14 - A Train of Memories ---- in DC Writ


They did do a bit this Sunday but still, cuke dot com's irresponsible irrelevance award goes to mainstream TV news for their coverage of climate change:

 TV news shows almost never cover climate change, which ought to be one of the most aggressively-reported issues around, given that, y'know, it's a dire threat to the planet and everyone on it. A recent study from Media Matters found that the Sunday shows on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox spent a combined 27 minutes on the topic in the whole of 2013. Meet the Press was singled out as "failing to offer a single substantial mention of climate change" for the entire year. - Media Matters

Read on - posted in Climate Change species threat


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-01-25 - Same as posted recently but now with proposed bylaw changes - nothing anyone would notice or care about but this version is more complete.


2-16-14 - Community Grows is going strong. Here's the Valentines Day Card they sent out. Kudos to Barbara Wenger for all the years of effort. Koshland Park for those who don't know is accross the street and up the block from the SFZC City Center. -  posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Issues 18, 19 missing - will try to get

Issues 20, 21, 22 - (link now goes to index for individual issues)

Would love to get these newsletters separated. We're paying for these scans so can't afford now to have it redone but it could be done with a PDF program separating the files into separate issues. Then an index would be good. Just one of many Cuke Archives projects to go. - dc


The jet stream is meandering. - posted in Climate Change species threat  thus a threat to Zen practice


Hope we don't get in trouble here. Check out this example of Bali justice. - posted in Saunters

And added to yesterday's Saunters post below which I'd thrown up quick so we could watch Dallas Buyers Club. The star incidentally did grow up in the oil biz in Texas. Also incidentally since this is where I come from, I knew guys who went out at night sometimes to beat up men with inclinations like many of those in this film. It has change there so much it's hard to believe. - dc


2-15-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives. - Group H - Note from Daya (Dianne) Goldschlag - Dr. Bill Wenner saves her - Daya wrote for me to read at his memorial. - dc


A critical look at AA and addiction treatment. - posted in cuke misc -  - thanks Kat who got it from Jeffrey


Heard some great Latin music tonight done by local group, Elsavadore (not misspelled), with locals dancing Salsa beautifully then from Sammy Blues Man One Man Band from the Maluca Islands playing Presley, Robert Johnson roughly, unevenly, bass e string flat, but very cool, singing well too though most words unintelligible which was fine with us. The Maluca Islands, also the Maluccas, incidentally, were once called the Spice Islands. We were walking by on a breezy eve after rain and happened on this quite enjoyable music. - posted in Saunters


2-14-14 - Selemat Hari Kashih Sayang which is Indonesian for Happy Valentines Day!

Go to Katrinka's FB page to see our Valentines gifts to each other. - dc


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki - part one, JAPAN 19041959 - Chapter Nine -- An Opening - 1956 - 1959  - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


Animal Whisperer Calms An Angry Panther - thanks Katrinka

Her name Anna Breytenbach is and here's her site - Animal Spirit


2-13-14 - At Steve Stucky's funeral on February 9th, Edward Brown left the following message from Katrinka and me on the Green Gulch altar with other messages.

Farewell Steve. we will miss your friendship, support, humor, and
teaching in everything you did. Gone way too soon. Too soon but well
done. Gratitude.

Steve Stucky memorial page

I'd asked Edward to read it if it was appropriate. He said that he'd heard there were only invited speakers. I responded thanks, that I was supportive of that policy because SFZC funerals tended to go on for too long and the main reason was so many people making statements. I was at a funeral there some years ago for a friend who'd been in a couple of men's groups and he knew people at GG and elsewhere and so many people had something to say I finally left, went into the Wheelwright Center and helped myself to the bountiful spread before driving back to Sonoma County. - DC


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXX-2 - summer, 1996


Locals fish as well as swim in the calm, shallow water within the reef here in Sanur. I swam into a net today. - more in Saunters


2-12-14 - Alan Chadwick dot com - A Gardener of Souls - now has a page on Paul Lee and Richard Baker.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-03-31 - Talk about Abbot Shunryu Suzuki signing Board resolutions or not and talk about Jean Ross being shuso soon, whether to leave Sokoji or not, Richard Baker in Japan with Suzuki comments.


Went to the acupuncturist with Wai and impressive links about her daughter Amrita's musical career.  - in Saunters


2-11-14 - Jack Goldberg's name came up and found this PDF of a 1974 letter from him to Richard Baker with a dream about Shunryu Suzuki. So here it is - posted in the new H Section of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.


Looking from the dining room window down on traffic first thought there were no motorcycles here in Kuala Lumpur...    - more in Saunters


2-10-14 - Our Great Friend and Teacher Kobun Chino  ---- in DC Writ


2-09-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Issues 15, 16, 17  - (link now goes to index for individual issues)


Sixty-nine years ago today at 2:15am. more in dc misc 4


2-08-14 - Funeral for SFZC Central Abbot Steve Stucky set for  3 pm on Sunday, February 9 at Green Gulch Farm.  Go to that website to see it live.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Adding the Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book to the Wind Bell page. All these scans will be better organized and presented at some point. Now we're just getting them on cuke one by one.


More on the science vs faith thing. I have an image of a debate between science and religion where more in dc misc 4


Subud - A local product. - thanks MK


Get a lot of stuff sent my way, more than I have time to deal with. Thought I'd share this one:

A 240 year old doll that can write - thanks Jim McIver


2-07-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXX-1 - winter, 1996


Experiencing life in shards.  - more in Saunters


Tech problem solved. Zenbook had had weak, poor wireless reception for months. It finally lost it. Got a USB wireless adaptor today and why didn't I do that long ago? - dc

To continue the creation evolution topic of yesterday, Pat Robertson has a few words for Ken Ham. Here I find myself applauding one literalist who's opposing another. That's a Salon dot com link. Here's one Salon writer's take on the Ham Nye debate where she takes Nye's side. Here's a Daily Beast report that poo poos the whole thing. - thanks again Gregory


2-06-14 - I'm a creationist and an evolutionary. -  more in dc misc 4


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki - part one, JAPAN 19041959 - Chapter Eight -- Family and Death -1952-1956 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


It's hard not to look when someone's having sex right in front of me. - more in Saunters


Thanks Andrew Main for pointing out the misspelling of Dr. Ajari's name (see below) and pointing out Ajari is the Japanese for Acharya, the Sanskrit for religious teacher. - dc


2-05-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

69-01-25 - These Mt. Yogis referred to are Dr. Ajari, Neville Warwick and students. And DeRopp and his students want to visit. That's Robert DeRopp who wrote Drugs and the Mind and who had a community near Genjoji. Ah - Huey Johnson's name (misspelled) meeting with Yvonne. He was head of the Nature Conservancy and suggested ZC to George Wheelwright who owned Green Gulch. Suzuki commenting on Jean Ross as Shuso and women students. They're talking about adding a 2nd zazen period in the morning. I forgot it was added that late.


The Last Time Co2 Levels were at 400 parts per Million, Humans didn't exist - Science Blogs with arguments by others and a place for all debating and links to more.


People here are so helpful with language study, more than anywhere in my limited experience. - more in Saunters


I don't know what's wrong. Sometimes my Asus Zenbook won't go online. It does this sometimes but usually the problem goes away. But now I'm having to upload today's files onto Katrinka's Mac to upload them onto Sonic's server. Fudge. - dc


2-04-14 - Andy Ferguson comments on yesterday's mention of 350.org and him.

Thanks for the donation to 350 and plug for action. It really isnt too late, I think. I believe that that radical palliative measures, including geo-engineering will likely be necessary, but these must be complemented with the cheapest and correct path which is to think globally and act locally to the best of our abilities. - posting in Climate Change


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXIX-2 - summer, 1995


One thing I keep coming back to is something an American therapist in Bangkok said ten years ago. He'd been working with different Asians for years and he said that at first we notice the differences between each other but in time what he has learned is that we all are so much the same. I think of that when I watch little kids, hear babies cry, interact with adults from various backgrounds. Mooji said we share the same fundamental with every living being - the sense of I am. - posting in Saunters


2-03-14 - One Drop Zendo in Gemany - Hokuozan Sogenji

Here are some photos from there and a poem from Zsolt Suto


Made a tiny donation today to 350.org and when it was through it opened up to a page thanking me, giving me the opportunity to make a comment, with previous comments below. The top one was Andy Ferguson. Check out 350 - for those with hope that it's not too late and those without hope who think doing something is good form, a right thing to do - in my case giving it that good old college drop out try. - dc - posting in Climate Change


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

68-12-19 - They're discussing the future of the building - none of it pans out. Before the coming year is up they'll be at Page St. and the Japanese American congregation will later move to a new building. Talk of developing a school. Comments on this and more by Suzuki. John Sunier Tassajara movie mentioned. Have sent him a friend request on Facebook.

Don't have any meeting notes from 66-09-17 to this one. Don't know if I accidentally skipped them but doubt that. I think they just weren't there in the ZC archive room. Or maybe they were and I missed them. Maybe Yvonne Rand has them. Anyway, I won't do anything about it. These are enough. Someone else later - after the world ends can deal with it.


Went to a sort of sports bar this morning arriving before 7am to see Super Bowl illegally captured from Aussie Satellite.  - more in Saunters


 

2-02-14 - Fundraising appeal for Diane Di Prima - Poetess with Parkinsons - with a letter and a poem from Diane. Cuke Archives has made several small donations.

Diane Di Prima cuke page - updated


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXIX-1 - winter, 1995 - there is no Volume XXVII-2


Swooping little birds and so forth. - more in Saunters


2-01-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud-hidden Friends and Zen Freethinker Newsletters

Issues 12, 13, 14 - (link now goes to index for individual issues)


The art of Andres Amador - thanks Gregory


Another positive feedback loop increasing co2 in the atmosphere - Tropical drought - posted in Climate Change


We were on the Island of Lembongan a thirty minute speed boat ride away. - more in Saunters


January


1-31-14 - Check out John Halpern's Waking Buddha film project "A film about Waking Up. Here's the Waking Buddha website.

 

His prior film is Refuge.


2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments

 

Note filed with the 1966 meeting notes


Sometimes we hear hindu chanting that's melodic, sort of haunting. - more in Saunters

 


1-30-14 - Kyoto Journal - still going. What a great publication. Thought about it today because Katrinka and I plan to be in Japan April and May. - DC


Norma Fogelberg writes:

Over the past 10 years, I have chosen a yoga practice that supports my zazen practice, in terms of body alignment, breath and preparation for the physical ease of sitting.  My yoga teacher of many years, Kate Vogt, studies and teaches the Mohan's system of yoga, which is grounded in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  This practices gives direct breathing and movement techniques that I have found very useful in supporting my sitting practice. I wholeheartedly recommend the Mohan's 2014 Yoga Study Program. The SVASTHA WEST COAST website  provides in-depth information on both the Mohans and the Yoga Study Program.


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki - part one, JAPAN 19041959 - Chapter Seven -- The Occupation - 1945-1952 - with a column for notes and links to come on the right


More pithy comments on yesterday's article on the aging brain.


Received this important bit of news from an old friend in Fort Worth.

 

Washington State just passed two laws -   legalized gay marriage and legalized marijuana. Makes perfect biblical sense.

 

    Leviticus 20:13 says: "If a man lies with another man they should be stoned." 

---thanks Susan McDonald

 


Here's Sanur, the area where we're living. - posting in Saunters

 


1-29-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Wind Bells - - - Volume XXVIII-1 - summer, 1994

Yes there is a fall 92 Wind Bell. I see I have a PDF of the cover. Emailed Warren to go back and get it please. - dc