Steve died this morning at 4:04, peacefully at home with family. At City Center beginning at 6:00 this morning, we rang the densho (bell) 108 times, followed by a service. Similar services were held at Green Gulch and Tassajara, and we are all sitting with his memory today.
Family and sangha members are preparing the body and dressing him in an okesa that had been sewed for him over the last several months.
All are invited to come and sit with the body at his home beginning at noon today until late afternoon Thursday, including through the night hours. No appointment is needed. The address is 335 Alden Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Enter through the garden gate at the front.
The following is an account of the last hours of Steve's life by his son, James Asher.
There will undoubtedly be a formal announcement but I wanted to share with you that your friend and teacher and brother and my father Myogen Steve Stücky has passed on early this morning. He was in some pain throughout the night but had beautiful periods of calm and translucence. As I left him about 3 hours before he finally let go he had the most beautiful smile on his face. His pain had stopped and he seemed to be communicating something - a "yes" is what it felt like to me. His smile was truly peaceful and it looked to me almost a secret smile as if he had confirmed something he had long suspected and it filled him with happiness and love and peace. I know all of you cared for him so much. Know that he is most certainly in peace and in your hearts.
With love and admiration and appreciation for all your support and love."
Also, below is the eko, or dedication, from this morning's service at City Center:
In Buddha’s diamond realm
The sun of wisdom shines without ceasing.
The sweet sound of Dharma soothes every troubled spirit
Like a draft of cooling water.
With full awareness we have chanted the En Mei Juku Kannon Gyo.
May Buddha with infinite compassion
Illuminate this endless field
For our great, abiding friend and teacher
Myogen Steve Stücky
Who is passing from this world to the next.
He is taking a great leap.
The light of this world has faded for him.
He has entered solitude with his karmic forces.
He has gone into a vast Silence.
He is borne away by the Great Ocean of birth and death;
May he, together with all beings, realize the end of suffering,
And the complete unfolding of Buddha’s Way ~
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