- an archival site on the life and world of Shunryu Suzuki and those who knew him. Home to the Cuke Archives and other stuff from DC. From December 1998. Cuke Archives, "preserving the legacy of Shunryu Suzuki and those whose paths crossed his and anything else that comes to mind." DC is David Chadwick, Poobah of Cuke Archives, being a name for the results of work he has done with and collecting from others over the course of a few decades.

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Audiobook for Crooked Cucumber - 2nd edition, only available as an audiobook (2021).
Read by the author: Amazon/Audible link. - Don't get it till the introduction to the book is included. Chapter 3 is in there now but not the intro to the book, just the intro to the audiobook. That should happen soon. - dc, Nov. 22, 2021

Shunryu Suzuki - Oil on Canvas Go to this page to download or receive a signed print of this portrait of Shunryu Suzuki

Just released July 13, 2021 - Zen Is Right Now: More Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki

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Tassajara Group Picture

Tassajara, fall 1967 - Go to this photo with names

Cuke Archives 2020 Presentation and appeal for support

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To know what's on, check out the Menu and Dropdowns above, look at the Overview from the 2020 Presentation, read the Guide, look at Suggested. Use the Site Search boxes up top on the key pages to find specific names and stuff. There's an Overview of Cuke Archives written for SFZC Winter 2018 Newsletter

Footer below contains links to all Cuke Archives sites, and other DC sites and links.

**** created in December of 1998 as a supplement to the book, Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki. [Crooked Cucumber was Suzuki's master's niickname for him] The site then was mainly the current Crooked Cucumber section and Photos. In the ensuing months I'd make a change or add something such as the Errata section for the book. In May of 1999 started adding to the site on a more regular basis creating a What's New page which grew into a What's New section with a new page each year. New sections and files were added frequently through the years, mainly Zen related such as Interviews and Lectures - and lots of other material. In 2008 became the repository for the systematic archive of Shunryu Suzuki lecture transcripts and audio, video, and photos. In 2010 Peter Ford started helping out and greatly upgraded and now In 2015 What's New moved to the Cuke New Blog which now has daily except Sunday Suzuki lecture quotes and features other new items on cuke plus some personal posts. In November 2017 a menu and dropdown format was created for originally for fifty key pages and any new pages. for the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is our third Zen site though it's basically a menu for what's available in the zmbm section of cuke.

See the Guide for more info on this sprawling assimilation of moments and memories in the realm of Shunryu Suzuki and those whose paths crossed his.

Take care,

David Reich Chadwick


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Save Samgha! which published Japanese translations of
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Not Always So, Crooked Cucumber, Zen is Right Here
Learn more in English and Japanese about the Samgha situation

Cuke Archives News December 2020