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Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

Read Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Free read à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Published passages from Suzuki's talks Crooked Cucumber evokes a down to earth life of the spirit Along with Suzuki we can find a way to practice with mountains trees and stones and to find ourselves in this big world This isn t uite a review but rather my interpretation of some ideas in the book compared to another that I recently read about Yogic practice Autobiography of a Yogi It was very interesting for me to read in a short period of time both Paramahamsa Yogananda s Autobiography of a Yogi and David Chadwick s Crooked Cucumber The books detail the journeys of two of the greatest spiritual teachers of the last century two men who can each be attributed with bringing a traditional school of eastern mystical thought to prominence and acceptance in the west in the mid 1900s Paramahamsa Yogananda was a yogi guru who brought Kriya Yoga to the west the first Hindu teacher of yoga to spend a large part of his life in the West Suzuki was a Zen priest who established the first monastic practice in America and helped adapt traditional Zen teaching to the rhythms and uirks of western cultureThe parallels don t end there Yogananda expounds on the benefits of Kriya Yoga practice and observing the breath at the heart of Suzuki s Soto Zen is the basic act of zazen sitting and breathing with awareness Both philosophies account for a type of Cosmic Reality the divine nature at the center of all things and moments which can otherwise be referred to as God buddha nature the Tao consciousness that can be realized with enough devout practiceMy interest is particularly in where the two seem to differ In his book Yogananda extols miracle after miracle stories of sages apparating and transporting themselves to different time periods and places astral projection priests who go years without eating their only form of sustenance their extreme devotion to God divine interventions and visions that present themselves to him because of his sheer overwhelming love for the Divine Mother gurus wrestling and conuering tigers and bears holy men literally conjuring feasts out of thin airThese stories strongly suggest the idea of maya as I understand it in the Vedanta sense the sensory world that we are trapped in because of our small mindedness due to the human condition caught up in dualistic ego fulfilling ideas as is our wont With extreme devotion and practice in mastering our bodies and minds we can one day attain a state of being that allows us to transcend these limitations where miracles such as the above are commonplace Once we understand the principles of maya once we attain the Divine Understanding and communion with God nirvikalpasamadhi we will be able to master and circumvent the very principles that otherwise govern Reality as we know it Zen thought similarly discusses a state of enlightenment that can be achieved after years of labor But Suzuki in his version of Soto Zen thoroughly de emphasizes enlightenment and repeatedly reminds students to practice without any gaining ideas Indeed the end and the practice are one and the same we sit in order to sitZazen is a practice of meditation centered around awareness of the present moment someone seated in zazen merely sits counts the breath and observes thoughts and emotions as they arise With a careful deliberate study of the patterns our mind works in we can slowly understand and strip away these intellectual trappings cut down the chattering of monkey mind as Zen masters would say and begin to experience Reality itself It is interesting to note that miracles are rarely ascribed to any Zen masters They re merely described as serene cherubic individuals with a particular warmth to them sages who float through the world with considerable awareness and full minded attention to the present moment and their actions in it In Zen there is no notion of transcendence of the present or of manipulating reality and performing tricks and improbable acts of power merely of accepting the present moment and interacting with it with your full beingWhy then does Yogic thought so heavily emphasize metaphysical miracles I think it comes down to the concept of bhakti religious devotion In Hindu thought each individual is said to have a soul or atman that can eventually merge with the cosmic consciousness or brahman a process of self abnegation through surrendering where egotistical dualistic ideas disappear This can only happen if you truly believe in a divine power and surrender your ego to that greater being Miracles are a way to convince jaded laypeople to place faith in those higher principles and embark down the road of devotion seeing is believing as it wereIn contrast Zen enlightenment is achieved by slowly stripping away the ego through deliberate practice and the only way to do this is to get rid of all gaining ideas if you believe in miracles and enlightenment and something special you inevitably remain attached to that goal and your ego According to Suzuki you merely need to place faith in the habit of your practice and no external concepts otherwise to achieve a breakthrough and eventually escape the shackles of the ego This difference in approach probably stems from the ZenBuddhist metaphysic or lack thereof the very genesis of Buddhism was a refreshing move away from the intellectual ideas and concepts that had bogged down Hinduism In this approach deliberate practice is the key to nirvana whether or not you place faith in any specific ideas about GodUltimately though the end goal of the two practices is one and the same I believe to strip yourself of all egotistic notions and experience communion with the Divine Present Moment enlightenment self realization Different paths to the same end

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Read Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Free read à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ny Zen master to be published in the West To make up his intimate and engrossing narrative David Chadwick draws on Suzuki's own words and the memories of his students friends and family Interspersed with previously un I try to limit myself mostly to fiction in my postings to Goodreads but this is such a great book it has to go here I read it when it first came out and decided to give it a second read Suzuki Roshi s life and teaching are the ultimate Buddhist teaching He must have been a wonderful fascinating and very human teacher And in this and the other three books I have related to him Zen Mind Beginner s Mind the ultimate book on Buddhist practice Not Always So addditional great teachings edited posthumously and his book on the Sandokai whoops forgot title he embodies the spirit of Buddha s teaching even though Japanese Soto Zen is a long way from India of 2500 years agoThis book is absolutely fabulous

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Read Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Free read à PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Shunryu Suzuki is known to countless readers as the author of the modern spiritual classic Zen Mind Beginner's Mind This most influential teacher comes vividly to life in Crooked Cucumber the first full biography of a I don t have heros but Shunryu Suzuki comes close He is as human as you and I with countless faults bad habits and temptations His life shows us that we can all be a Zen master that it doesnt reuire a person with perfect character It reuires hard work and dedication it reuires constant attention and patience and a beginner s mind But these characteristics are available in all persons including you and me That s what I like about his teaching it is firm it is strict but it always accepts that we are human that we are faulty Suzuki lives as Zen priest in Japan until he decides to bring his teaching to the US He is the first Japanese Zen teacher that is able to translate and implement Zen teaching in Western society by bringing the strict rules of Zen without being authoritive David Chadwick shows in great detail the activities and discussions between Suzuki and his American students but I think that the actual tight rope balance between the clashing American culture and Zen teaching cannot be described in a book Only by seeing and hearing Suzuki will a person be able to understand why so many people in the US finally understood Zen He goes on to found a monastary at the height of the 70s hippie movement He also angers his family and old friends by disregarding them Great achievements petty fights how normal can a person beThe main attraction for me was the abundant availability of Suzuki uotes and life lessons The most important lesson Crooked Cucumber taught me was this It is not lack of understanding or knowledge that makes a person discouraged or doubtful The missing piece is hara the sense that life today is exactly as it should be It provides courage to deal with everything that crosses one s path

  • Paperback
  • 464
  • Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
  • David Chadwick
  • English
  • 12 March 2020
  • 9780767901055

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