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David Chadwick on Shunryu Suzuki and So Forth    DC home base

Starting this section 4-26-11 - I know the whole website is filled with dc on Shunryu Suzuki, but this section will be a place to gather personal recollections and notes link to whatever seems relevant. - dc

Books by DC

Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (formerly To Shine One Corner of the World)

Some on Suzuki in Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan

Writings on Shunryu Suzuki on this site

Crooked Cucumber Comes to America - (almost) 3300 word story of Suzuki's life.

DC on Shunryu Suzuki - 1st thoughts

Brief Memories of Shunryu Suzuki:

Don't go on any trips

a lecture series Suzuki didn't give

an encouraging quote for some.


Also check the Other Zen stuff writings listed on the DC Writings Index
for Suzuki related stuff like on ZMBM and Tass

On Meeting Joshu Sasaki Roshi

8-04-13 - Remember standing with Kobun Chino in 68 at Tassajara during the great visit - looking at the visitors. He pointed to Shunryu Suzuki and said that here's an example of a great Soto teacher. He indicated Hakuun Yasutani and said that there's an example of a great Rinzai teacher He was really Soto but had that fierce Rinzati style and taught with koans. He didn't say "great" either. He used a word or phrase to mean matured, well cultivated. Can't quite get it. Anyway, then he pointed to Nakagawa Soen and said, "And there - ahhh - too much personality." More on this later.

8-05-13 - Met a guy in Crestone, CO, at Elephant Cloud the former great tea shop turned produce outlet which will revert to a great tea shop when Benjamin and his mate forget her name get the new place ready. - This story now filed in Dubious.

8-07-13 - Thanks to John Waggoner for this generous offer relating to the post of 8-05-13: I never met Shunryu Suzuki, so if you need someone to come up with spurious stories about him to archive on Cuke just let me know.

Thanks to Al Tribe for alerting cuke to another faux Suzuki quote: Enlightenment is an accident; Practice makes us accident prone. This was printed in the publication of an American Zen group. It had been found so attributed on the Internet I learned. I wrote the publication that I thought it was either Kornfield or Aitken. While in Santa Fe, visited with ZC alum and cuke contributor Andrew Main who was relaying his long history with Robert Aitken whom he'd met while in high school. Aitken then got a job with the school - teacher or principal - and Andrew and he had a relationship that lasted until Aitken's death in 2010. Andrew happened to mention that enlightenment statement of Aitken's and when I told him that it had recently been attributed to Suzuki he said that no, it was definitely Aitken. The next evening I had dinner with Joan Halifax at Upaya and told her I'd nailed the source of that quote down to my satisfaction and she was pleased to see this matter be resolved. - dc


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