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Excerpts from Shunryu Suzuki lectures - 2014-5
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On a Trudy Dixon Memorial

At the end of a lecture dated the last day of February, 1970, Suzuki mentioned a memorial for his disciple Trudy Dixon. This would be beyond the date for a six month memorial so I don't understand the timing, maybe he couldn't do it earlier. But the main thing that occurs to me is that I don't remember any other post funeral memorial service for a student at the Zen Center. And Suzuki prepared a place for a memorial for her on the Hogback at Tassajara, where now there's a memorial post for him and Katagiri, Trudy, and a stone for Trungpa. - DC

Today we will have another memorial service for Trudy Dixon. I feel, you know-- whenever we sit, I feel her present in the zendo always, you know. For those who knew Trudy, it maybe difficult to forget her in the zendo. She passed away July sixth-- I think the sixth-- and she was at Tassajara the forth-- fifth. And she left Tassajara one night before she passed away at Children's Hospital. So she went back just to die in the hospital. And I think she knew she was in critical condition, judging from what she said and what she did. But she didn't mind so much about her life. She was always happy to sit with us. So it is difficult for us to forget her. So we want to have another memorial-- another service for her.


Thank you very much.

There's a lot on Trudy in these excerpts from Crooked Cucumber.

From 70-02-28 . For more go to this entry on the Suzuki lecture archive found on Shunryu Suzuki dot com. - Edited by DC, posted 1-14-15