Shunryu Suzuki Letters and Cards
and Brush Work.
These are the only examples of correspondence by
Suzuki that I can find. If anyone has any more, I'd be happy to include them
in this archive. Thanks - DC. Adding calligraphy and doodles
starting 10-02-14 and the Heart Sutra card links on 10-19-14
for Letters go here
on this famous enso
Beginner's Mind Calligraphy
(thus come, tathagata) from the cover of Zen Mind, Beginner's
Mind - original calligraphy now hanging on a wall at Richard
Bob Watkins on Suzuki's Nyorai sumie used for the cover of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Introduction to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind:
The calligraphy on the front of the binding reads nyorai
in Japanese or tathagata in Sanskrit. This is a name for Buddha
which means “he who has followed the path, who has returned from
suchness, or is suchness, thus-ness, is-ness, emptiness, the
fully completed one.” It is the ground principle which makes the
appearance of a Buddha possible. It is Zen mind. At the time
Suzuki-roshi wrote this calligraphy—using for a brush the frayed
end of one of the large swordlike leaves of the yucca plants
that grow in the mountains around Zen Mountain Center—he said:
“This means that Tathagata is the body of the whole earth.”
Two more Suzuki yucca leaf brush late
entries like the famous to us one above - sent by
Bob says Suzuki said this one is Pure Wind
and that Suzuki said this one means Everything is Perfect.
Need 2nd opinion
about the origin of the unique brush in Bob Watkins
click on thumbnails to enlarge
Diary - the date book Suzuki brought with him from Japan
when he first came and made some entries, but he really wasn't a
datebook type guy and there's not much there.
given participants in the first sesshin.
the 2nd sesshin
Suzuki's? Maybe. A wind bell for the Wind Bells.
See other uses of this and more
from early Wind Bells.
Wind Bell poems in Suzuki's hand maybe in preparation
for the one used for the early Wind Bells.
from Wind Bell 67-02
Shunryu Suzuki Curriculum Vitae
Done with Kobun Chino in 1969 in preparation for the interviews
with him on his life by Peter Schneider - see
PDF of this CV
in Suzuki's hand
PDF of typed
benefit lecture by Alan Watts poster with Suzuki calligraphy
Buddha calligraphy by Shunryu
Be Careful with Fire calligraphy
for Grahame Petchey
Read about the origin of this
in Zen Is Right Here.
Read about the
origin of this piece in Zen Is Right Here.
From a January
1964 Suzuki lecture on Blue Cliff Records model subject #46
- as presented in the February Wind Bell.
All Wind Bells
Back side o
DC lay rakusu with kanji written by Suzuki
Another Rakusu forget whose but looks like maybe the Buddhist name is
Daiho Myogen (not Steve Stucky)
Reading R to L up to down
Daizai geda puku
--- Great robe of liberation
Muso fuku den'e ---
A field far beyond form and emptiness
Hibu nyori kyo
--- Wearing the tathagatha's teaching
--- Saving all beings
And here's the Kechimyaku that went with it.
from Suzuki on the cover of the
Life, Times, and Teachings of Shunryu Suzuki
Ōzammai - king samadhi