of Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Center back then, etc.
photo by Lisa Law
Interviewed by DC on 9\16\95
[Barbara has been in Minneapolis since the seventies when she went there with her then husband, Norm Randolph, to follow Katagiri Roshi]
I remember one time when I walked in the front door of page street and Suzuki Roshi was there at the desk with the Sunday funnies and he said, "Oh ho ho - Blondie," and he pointed at me.
And I remember him chasing Yasuhiko around the courtyard with a little water pistol. [Yasuhiko is one of the two sons of Tomoe and Katagiri Roshi]
I remember him walking up the stairs - just like the sun - that's what he felt like to me.
I was at Tassajara at the sesshin when he died and I very very strongly felt his presence in the zendo like he was hovering over taking it all in.
I remember him working out by his cabin, moving rocks around and spending a lot of time out there.
I remember Baker Roshi's mountain seat ceremony when Suzuki Roshi came in and he was so jaundiced - you know, just kind of banging the shakujo [staff with brass rings].
But the most vivid memory is him chasing Yasuhiko around so playful and just like a child with total enjoyment at the moment and not being embarrassed or anything else. And I remember his name, Crooked Cucumber.
I remember bringing him wildflowers from Tassajara to the city when he was sick. I knew he liked them.