photo by Lisa Law

Brief Memories
of Shunryu Suzuki,
Zen Center
back then, etc.


This story also posted on the Dubious Suzuki Story page

From announcement: January 19 - March 30, 2013
led by Abbess Kiku Christina Lehnherr and Entrusted Lay Teacher Dainin Marsha Angus - thanks Danny Parker who saw it on Upaya Facebook here.

There is a story about our founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi answering the phone in the office at City Center. When asked “What time does meditation begin?” He replied, “It never stops!” and hung up the phone.

9-18-17 - Absolutely not Shunryu Suzuki.  He'd never do something like this. He'd just give a straight answer. - dc

Wonder what the source is. Seems dubious, especially not answering the question and hanging up - though the "It never stops" to me would be more believable in another context. Sounds more like Shainberg's teacher, Kyudo. - dc

Hunted down the source of this story and the trail petered out like an urban myth. Shainberg said he hadn't heard that story but it did sound like Kyudo.

See Dubious Quotes and Stories attributed to Shunryu Suzuki