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Hoitsu Suzuki main page

Hoitsu is the eldest son of Shunryu Suzuki, also one of two dharma heirs of Suzuki in Japan. He's the abbot of Rinsoin in Yaizu.


4-07-14 - Spent the night at Rinsoin, Shunryu Suzuki's home temple, and sat zazen this morning with his son the present abbot, Hoitsu, and Hoitsu's son Shungo, also a priest and next in line, and some men from Yaizu. After breakfast and laundry, Katrinka and I visited with Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, and she gave me a copy of her new collection of haiku, A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer. - Amazon link

Hoitsu's wife Chitose drove us to Mitsu's. Also there were Mitsu's daughter Harumi and Hoitsu's sister-in-law, Mitsuyo, who is visiting from San Francisco.

Hoitsu is now the Seido of a practice temple in Okayama where he's leading a one week sesshin this month and going there for a week every month. He'll also spend a week at Eiheiji later this month.


6-01-13 - Robby Pellet, dharma heir of Hoitsu Suzuki (Shunryu's son and dharma heir) sits at One Pine Hall in Seattle.

There's a new newsletter out which one can access by going to the One Pine Hall website and clicking on the left arrow.

Robby writes:

I was able to go to Japan this spring to see Hojo-sama.  He and Chitose seem to love being grandparents. Hojo sama gave a dharma talk every day during morning Zazen.  It brought tears to my eyes to hear his Dharma.


On Hoitsu Suzuki's Last Day at Eiheiji - with great photos - by Isao Miyanoiri

Earliest Interview with Hoitsu

Hoitsu Interviewed by DC 

Notes of DC phone chat with Hoitsu

Hoitsu Interviewed by Fred Harriman

Hoitsu becomes Tanto of Eihieji - there's a good photo of him there.

1-20-10 - Hoitsu Suzuki is godo, head teacher, at Eiheiji since last November. Amazing. Congrats.

Hoitsu Suzuki at City Center from Natural Wisdom blog
a bio from Sweeping Zen

SFZC brief bit on Hoitsu

and more on the web of course

A photo with his wife and some others

A good photo of Hoitsu on Flickr

Valleys and Mts. - download a lecture by Hoitsu

And there's more on the web.


Recent photo of Hoitsu Suzuki during a dharma talk at Rinsoin on the Tenzo kyokun - thanks Isao Miyanoiri.