Shunryu Suzuki Index
Shunryu Suzuki (鈴木 俊隆 Suzuki Shunryū, dharma name Shōgaku Shunryū 祥岳俊隆) (May 18, 1904 – December 4, 1971), dharma name Shōgaku was a Sōtō Zen roshi (Zen Master) who popularized Zen Buddhism in the United States, particularly around San Francisco. - from Wikipedia
shunryusuzuki.com - the archive comes to you - all the transcripts, all the audio - and more.
cuke.com's Suzuki Lectures and Quotes, comments on a few topics, correspondence.
Wind Bells - all 102 Wind Bells, publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 including links to all Shunryu Suzuki lectures from the Wind bells
Crooked Cucumber Comes to America - (almost) 3300 word story of Suzuki's life.
Interviews with those who knew Suzuki or who at least were around - in America and Japan.
Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments
People Index - recently started list of people on cuke with multiple links and some relation to Shunryu Suzuki
TASSAJARA AND SUZUKI IN THE TIME OF THE SANDOKAI TALKS, in the summer of 1970
zmbm.net - a site for Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Beginner's Mind - Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to ZMBM
Della Goertz's notebook PDF[this pdf is not working - will come back later and deal with this] (mostly Suzuki)(nead to go to View and rotate clockwise) p35 upside down and too big) Will fix when know how. See Della interview for more.
Shunryu Suzuki in Thank You and OK!
Excerpts about or mentioning Shunryu Suzuki from other books
Dharma groups in or related to Shunryu Suzuki's lineage (online or off).
Another Suzuki Archives Projects link
Commemorating Suzuki Roshi's arrival in America on the Chronicles of CTR site
Memorial 12 part series by Rev. Koshin Ogui, Bishop of Jodo-shin-shu on Shunryu Suzuki
Hoitsu Suzuki - Shunryu's eldest son
Zen is Right Here, Shambhala, fall 2007 - vignettes on Suzuki by DC
a list of Suzuki disciples - those ordained by him as priests - starting with what practice periods at Tassajara they were shuso
Buddhist groups and teachers in Shunryu Suzuki's Lineage or closely related
Sokoji - the Soto Zen temple on Bush St. in San Francisco where the SFZC started.
SF Art Institute - students of Suzuki who studied and taught there
Shunryu Suzuki memorial at Green Gulch Farm
Suzuki or Suzuki student or friend
from What Was New which has it all going back 13 years.
For Suzuki related posts going further back in time, just look through the What Was New for that year.
Shunryu Suzuki Lecture Transcripts 2012 and 2-13 --- INDEX - lectures and comments added to the digital archive this year - 2012.
Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki - Putting up each of the entries from this book one at a time. Anecdote Index.
2013 Scans - Almost daily from mid April posting one or more scans of material from the Crooked Cucumber Archives and other backlog - to post, work with, and present in other form on cuke later from anywhere. Much great Suzuki material and other. Won't sort out what's what thoroughly till next year. Thanks Warren Lynn.
This column last updated 4-30-14
4-30-14 - A memory of hiking into Tassajara and meeting Shunryu Suzuki from Peter Malakoff's blog which contains more about hiking in the wilderness around. Tassajara and a lot more than that. - thanks to Marilyn Sandperl
Japanese group - Flyer from Shoganji, the temple where Shunryu Suzuki was born. Note on it says Butsumon Sogaku died November 22nd, Showa 8 (1933) - a note I took while in the founder's hall with the markers of past priests. Added this date to Suzuki chronology.
Katrinka and I were just there a month ago and have some photos she took to post. - dc
4-29-14 - All Shunryu Suzuki lectures, lecture notes, and comments from the SFZC's Wind Bell publication scanned and presented here as PDF images with OCR (optical character recognition). We'll be featuring them one at a time here on cuke. - Thanks to Peter Ford for getting this together.
All entries for the first few years are based on notes. Recording began midway through 1965.
The first entry, True Zen, is from Wind Bell volume 1, issue 2.
4-27-14 - DC introduction to the Japanese translation of Zen Is Right Here.
Nuts are expensive here except for peanuts, a legume. But sesame seeds are reasonable - tan or black - and there are both types of sesame butter and you can get the seeds roasted and roasted and ground. In the morning I eat a banana with sesame butter and we love gomashio, sesame salt, which I quickly make by combining roasted sesame seeds with the roasted, ground sesame. Excellent on brown rice or vegetables.
70-01-02 - Suzuki comments on how to use upstairs and downstairs rooms at new building (which is not what happened) and on oryoki (which was not to be used as much as the thought it would be outside of Tassajara). I see my name mentioned about something I don't recall. $50 donations to Peggy (Jiyu) Kennet's group and Blue Mt. Meditation Center (had no idea about this). Super low amounts to charge for coming summer's Tassajara guest season and for people's stipends. Other details.
Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki -
Part Two - America - 1959–1971 - Chapter Nineteen -- Final Season ---- 1971
- with a column for notes and links to come on the right
Sokoji, Soto Zen Mission items from San Francisco Public Library archives
Wind Bell Vol. VI Nos. 2-4, P.4-6
This is a piece found in a Wind Bell a couple of years ago that wasn't in the archive. But I mistakenly only got the first paragraph then (which was transcribed by old SFZC Zennie Edgar Arnold in Munich). Here's the rest of it did this morning. It will be entered into the archive at shunryusuzuki.com soon as 67-08-00WB-A.- dc
4-19-14 - Updated the John Steiner interview with some links to noble activities he's been involved with. He's been an engaged Buddhist from before he was a Buddhist and since. - posted also in Engaged Buddhism
4-18-14 - Visited with Jim Morton today. He was a Shunryu Suzuki student who went to Japan in 72. He's a calligrapher, artists, and sculptor. He's doing well.
Interview with Jim Morton from September 2012.
4-16-14 - Miriam Bobkoff's blog of years is coming to and end.
Issho Fujita suggested Crooked Cucumber to the publisher he works with but was told it's too long. A number of people have tried and failed to get it published. Fujita pointed out that Hoitsu Suzuki said it had been translated. I said yes, by an old student of Suzuki's who'd been asked by the family not to publish it after everyone who looked at the translation including Kaz Tanahashi and translator Shin Yoshifuku said it was not anywhere near publishable quality. It was useful for the family though who were grateful to be able to read it in that translation.
Created a cuke page for Issho Fujita
4-15-14 - Yesterday posted about Zen Is Right Here now available in Japanese. I only learned about this because Issho Fujita got hold of me a few months ago with some questions concerning the translation. I thought he was the translator but he wrote me that the translator is "Toru Shimakage, the president of Sangha, a Buddhist publishing company, maybe the most active in publishing books on Buddhism in Japan now. I just did proof reading and editing. And I wrote a commentary on the significance of Suzuki Roshi in Zen in America." Fujita was the teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in MA for 17.5 years. He is now working at Soto Zen International Center located at Sokoji in San Francisco as Director, a position that requires him to travel a lot. He's in Buenas Aires today. He spends part time with his family in Hayama Japan near Kamakura in a beautiful estate with a zendo and traditional buildings in a natural setting bordered by a stream. He's done a lot of translating too. - dc
4-14-14 - Zen Is Right Here is now available in Japanese as Zen wa Ima Koko.
The whole name, with subtitle, in Japanese appears to be long like the American version. (
zen wa ima koko senkiyuuhiyakurokujiyuunendai amerika ni zen o hirometa suzuki shiyunriyuu no oshie to itsuwa (some weird romanization there maybe from translation software for web)
That translates as the Zen (is) Now Here: teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (who) spread Zen in Sixties America anecdotes
4-11-14 - Daya Goldschlag (dc 1st ex) writes about Mitsu Suzuki after reading posts on DC visit with her in Saunters.
Notes on Richard Baker, Shunryu Suzuki, Ananda Claude Dalenberg
4-08-14 - Shunryu Suzuki's widow, Mitsu Suzuki, showed me how she could see Mt. Fuji, Fuji San, from her window. - more in Saunters
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
Mitsu's 100th birthday is coming up on the 26th of this month and she's doing great, quite energetic, walking well, was quite affectionate, hugging me repeatedly. Most touching.
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.
4-06-14 - Peter Matthiessen has died. - thanks Brit Pyland
Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing - NY Times Magazine - thanks Doug McKechnie
Peter and his wife who died soon after, Deborah, were at Tassajara with Suzuki Roshi and the rest of us for a while. He became a priest in Maezumi's White Plum Asanga. I loved his At Play in the Fields of the Lord. He gave 1st wife Daya (Dianne) and me The Tree Where Man Was Born for a wedding present. The cuke bibliography, lists his book, Nine-Headed Dragon River:Zen Journals 1969 - 1982 with the following: "Matthiessen's path includes a bit of Suzuki, more background accounts of Soen Nakagawa, Yasutani, and Eido Shimano Roshis." He was helpful to me over the phone with research on Crooked Cucumber and sent this blurb. He's been a diligent, articulate trooper for harm reduction. - DC
Danny Parker Seeks help collecting material for book of Ed Brown's talks and more. Read on and help him.
Wesley Williams 1974 letter to the SFZC on Shurnyu Suzuki, having read ZMBM.
Now they're all up. Will continue to feature one every few days but they're all there - all 102 of them, publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 - - plus the Tassajara 25 year anniversary book
at the Wind Bells page
3-30-14 - Early ZC board and biz meeting notes with DC comments
69-09-17 - Report on letter from Kobun Chino to Shunryu Suzuki. Talk about member dues, supporting new priests, about the new building at Page St. where they haven't moved yet. Suzuki on sitting in the new building and Sokoji, the temple they'll be moving from. Suzuki on one day sesshin and oryoki and how many zazen periods to have in new building.
From SFZC News
approved an amended Deed of Gift sending the Zen Center archives to Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. - thanks Michael Katz
Steve Tipton letter to SFZC on making Shunryu Suzuki lectures more accessible back when we were first beginning to share the unpublished material more widely. Now it is all available at the Suzuki Roshi section of the SFZC's website which is very well presented, the focus being the Dharma Talks Blog moderated by Zen Center Priest Korin Charlie Pokorny and in completeness at shunryusuzuki.com
3-20-14 - Erik Storlie’s new memoir: Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender has received some great reviews.
letter from Mitsu Suzuki on To Shine One Corner of the World (Zen Is Right Herre)
Letter from Elsie Mitchell in support of Cuke Project (she used DC name but it's for this work)
Institute for Historical Study (IHS) a Cuke Project fiscal sponsor - IRS tax exempt letter
69-07-15-16 - [This link no longer applies - see three files it was broken up into at link below] Long, should be broken up into multiple PDFs, poor quality - that's the way it was when I copied it twenty years ago. Lots of important stuff. July 24th board meeting included in this group accidentally. Note on that reads "We resolve to buy the building at 300 Page Street." Shunryu Suzuki announces resignation from Sokoji and --- more here
Fred Kimball, Psychic Friend - part one of a four part article
3-14-14 - A nice clip of Shunryu Suzuki on YouTube from his San Do Kai talk that was filmed at Tassajara. (The kanji on the blackboard are by yours truly. - DC)
Suzuki Roshi's Teachings -
with Sojun Mel Weitsman
3-11-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.
------------Crooked Cucumber main page
------------Della Goertz cuke page
------------Mitsu Suzuki cuke page
3-10-14 - Shunryu Suzuki memorial at Green Gulch Farm
with photos of DC 1994 trip to Japan to gather information for Crooked Cucumber bio of Suzuki.
photos two - with former SFZC abbot Christina Lehnherr at bottom right.
3-06-14 - Two new abbots for the SFZC - Furyu Nancy Schroeder and Rinso Ed Sattizahn step up.
3-04-14 - Some Japanese - Kanji for Kishizawa and other plus possible Shunryu Suzuki kanji relating to Richard Baker - should separate.
69-05-07 - Lots of interesting discussion. Suzuki comes in toward the end.
3-01-14 - Why I Became a Buddhist, Meeting My Two Spiritual Teachers, Ascending and Descending Spirit by Paul Shippee
Doug Luskatof - sp? - Suzuki student comments on Crooked Cucumber
Two reviews of Crooked Cucumber from way back in 1999.
Primary Point - Chogye Int'l ZC of NY
2-22-14 - Gordon Geist remembers Shunryu Suzuki - submitted in 1999 and good to read again. - with an intro by DC
2-20-14 - By All Means by Edward Espe Brown, illustrated by Margot Koch, with a painting by John Simpkins --Missing Links Press, San Francisco (112 pages)
Review by Catherine Gammon on SFZC.org
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A College Activist Comes Home - by Betty Warren
2-18-14 - Found some notes to add to the Bob Watkins page.
Bob Watkins told DC 3/19/10
SR told him, "You may leave the monastery but the monastery won't leave you."
"I found a better word for you than patience. It's constancy." Suzuki Roshi to Bob working under the bridge over the small creek
Little by little was a big teaching of his. Big things are accomplished in small increments.
Kotoku Bunryu. Bun from Kobun and Ryu from Shunryu. [Given to Bob by Kobun Chino when he was ordained]
69-03-31 - Talk about Abbot Shunryu Suzuki signing Board resolutions or not and talk about Jean Ross being shuso soon, whether to leave Sokoji or not, Richard Baker in Japan with Suzuki comments.
2-11-14 - Jack Goldberg's name came up and found this PDF of a 1974 letter from him to Richard Baker with a dream about Shunryu Suzuki. So here it is - posted in the new H Section of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives.
2-09-14 - Sixty-nine years ago today at 2:15am.- more in dc misc 4
2-08-14 - 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives - Adding the Tassajara 25 Year Anniversary Book to the Wind Bell page. All these scans will be better organized and presented at some point. Now we're just getting them on cuke one by one.
69-01-25 - These Mt. Yogis referred to are Dr. Ajari, Neville Warwick and students. And DeRopp and his students want to visit. That's Robert DeRopp who wrote Drugs and the Mind and who had a community near Genjoji. Ah - Huey Johnson's name (misspelled) meeting with Yvonne. He was head of the Nature Conservancy and suggested ZC to George Wheelwright who owned Green Gulch. Suzuki commenting on Jean Ross as Shuso and women students. They're talking about adding a 2nd zazen period in the morning. I forgot it was added that late.
2-02-14 - Fundraising appeal for Diane Di Prima - Poetess with Parkinsons - with a letter and a poem from Diane. Cuke Archives has made several small donations.
Diane Di Prima cuke page - updated
66-09-17 - About buying the Horse Pasture near Tassajara. Thoughts of asking Red Skelton for a donation. Morley Baer who does photo workshops at Tassajara has offered photos for fundraising brochure. Art sale (mislabled exibition) might be at Cody's (misspelled like many words) in Berkeley. Chet Helms has offered the Avalon Ballroom. Alan Watts letter on what to call Suzuki and a vote on the matter. Wonder where that letter went.
66-09-14 - Love to read this stuff. They're just talking about buying land near Tassajara. We forget that until the last minute, the fundraising was for money to buy the Horse Pasture, 160 acres near Tassajara that had no road leading into it, no structures, had little flat land, no sizable creek. After we'd raised the money for the 20k down payment (as I recall) Bob Beck said he and his wife Anna were prepared to sell Tassajara itself. Richard Baker let the board know, they approved immediately, and all of a sudden we had Tassajara and 280k more to come up with, a large payment due in March. What a bold move. I was a spectator. Good going gang!
1-21-14 - 2003 Lecture on the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo by Mel Weitsman
on the Berkeley ZC website. - thanks Elizabeth Sawyer. Two mistakes I think are the "Jukko" in the title and in the line "And if you do something wholesome, unwholesomeness follows." which I assume should be "wholesomeness follows." - dc
1-15-14 - Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own, is now out and he's doing book signings. Check it out at his website. He wrote me that there are a few paragraphs in it from our exchange last February and David Miller was kind to write that these paragraphs can be found on pp. 31-32. Maybe I can get an ebook here in Bali. - dc
Here's a piece he wrote on A Religion of One's Own on Real Clear Religion.
66-05-21 - More talk about buying land near Tassajara. They say it would take three and a half hours to drive there - four at the least back then - and over a day to walk from Big Sur - nope, I made it in nine hours. Suzuki asks about where Yasutani can hold a sesshin.
66-04-02 - 25 to 30 sitting every morning. Up to 70 expected for sesshin. The sixties is getting into swing. One thousand Wind Bells being mailed out. First taping of Suzuki lectures runs into problems. The first one we have in July 26th - but there are still those missing Los Altos tapes that I feel bad I haven't followed up some leads on. Interesting first mention of Tassajara. Richard Baker has talked to the owner and plans to drive down there with "Reverend Suzuki. Rev. Katagiri."
I remember Dan Welch saying that they sat on hard wood at Ryutakuji in Japan where he went in the early sixties for over a year - Soen Nakagawa's place. I thought that must impossibly hard but I remembered it through the years when I had to sit on the floor with no cushion sometimes for long periods. If in Japan it would be usually on tatami. India I got used to sitting on hard floors with thin, very thin, cushions. Sort of like sitting on a hard floor without any cushion. Here I was sitting on our tile porch floor every morning with no cushion and then when we got yoga mats used that. Today got a two inch square foam-filled and a kapok-filled one so now it's back to the cushy sitting. I'd gotten used to nothing but when I tried them in the store I thought oh that's nice. - this will be posted in Saunters when the problem is solved. It's solved
Thanks to BC for this last tip and for correcting the spelling of the word "bated." And Okumura which I checked on the Sanshinji site and found it misspelled there in one place too.
1-08-14 - Rules to Live By - by Edward Brown, published in Buddhadharma last fall.
65-12-18 - Love the budget figures being discussed. And here's an early mention of Zen Macrobiotics: "Rev. Katagiri brought up the inadvisability of the so-called Zen diet which has nothing to do with Zen. Members of meeting agreed but did not come to a decision on how to handle the matter." Notice that Gordon Geist is at the meeting. More on him later.
Emminent Buddhist scholar Dr. Edward Conze audio sent by his student Rick Levine has been worked on with noise reduction by Charlie Wilson. Much more clear now. Find them on Rick's cuke page.