|About the Book
About Suzuki Roshi
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This started with the bibliography as presented in the book (or close to it--it's dated 11/4/1998.) I've moved the publications to the end. In addition to listing my major published sources (and my sources were overwhelmingly unpublished) I included books by writers in Suzuki's lineage and some important relevant books--some unpublished at the time of compiling the bibliography. I will expand the list, including other sources that mention Shunryu Suzuki, texts he lectured on, and background publications. Suggestions welcomed. I just put a bunch of work on this page today (11/25/99) and added lots of subtitles that weren't in the book's bibliography. And I can see some that should be added like Katagiri's books. It'll take time. A number of these books are out of print.--DC Still lots to do. - 4-07
Books by Shunryu Suzuki, sort of - his words. Go to Suzuki book page.
by but also about, with Shunryu Suzuki
Wind Bells -
all 102 of them,
publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 - plus the Tassajara 25 year
anniversary book - plus the Tassajara 25 year anniversary book
Wind Bells - all 102 of them, publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 - plus the Tassajara 25 year anniversary book - plus the Tassajara 25 year anniversary book
Excerpts from a few books mentioning Suzuki.
Books by Dainin Katagiri - compilations of his lectures
Anderson, Reb. Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts. Rodmell Press, 2000.
Anderson, Reb. Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains:
A Collection of
Talks on Zen Meditation. Rodmell Press, 1999.
Badiner, Allan Hunt (Editor), Alex Grey (Editor). Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics - Huston Smith (Preface) [and I've got a chapter in there, that's why it's in this list - DC], Chronicle Books, 2002. The much longer unedited version of my contribution to this book, Psychoactivism.
Baker, Richard. Original Mind: The Practice of Zen in the West. Riverhead, 2003?. [From Suzuki's American Dharma heir. He's taking his time on this. I had access to the ms. It's mid 2004 now and maybe it will never come out. --DC]
Behr, Edward. Hirohito: Behind the Myth. Villard, 1989.
Brown, Edward Espe. Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings: Recipes and Reflections. Riverhead Books, 1997. [Excellent Suzuki Roshi stories from this Suzuki disciple ordained with me.--DC] Read these stories here.
Chadwick, David. Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki. Broadway books, 1999. The biography of Shogaku Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Soto Zen master, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, founded San Francisco Zen Center & Buddhist monastery Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center. [The book this web site was originally built around.] See Crooked Cucumber main page.
Chadwick, David. Thank You and OK!:
an American Zen Failure in Japan, Shambhala, May 2007.
[Some Suzuki Roshi stories,
lots on Katagiri Roshi]
See Zen Is Right Here by Shunryu Suzuki, edited by David Chadwick (formerly To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki).
To Find the Girl from Perth - - a little project I've been doing in my spare time, mainly back in 2005 and 6. There are several parts and one is ready now. The rest soon but it's out of my hands so I can't say for sure. - dc, 11-28-08
Doss, Margot Patterson. San Francisco at Your Feet. Grove Press, 1964. Revised updated editions available. [An old Suzuki friend and advisor who met him in '59.]
Fields, Rick. How the Swans Came to the Lake: a narrative history of Buddhism in America (third edition, revised and updated). Shambhala, 1992. [A great and significant book from a dear departed dharma brother who knew Suzuki and did a terrific job in describing him and his teaching. See a few Suzuki stories from Rick, Interview with Rick Fields, and Rick Fields] Shambhala link.
Fronsdal, Gil-editor. Remembering the Dragon: Recollections of Suzuki Roshi by his Students. Published in 2004 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Includes many photos. . $10 paper. order only from SFZC Bookstore
Fujimoto, Rindo. The Way of Zazen. Cambridge Buddhist Asso. Inc.,
1966. [This was the only book sold at
the old Zen Center for a long time. Hard
Gaskins on cuke -
including more books
Kato, Kozo. Soufuku (Running and Resting). Tomokichisha, 1994. [Memoirs of one of Suzuki's best friends. Will put translation of chapter on Suzuki on the site.]
Kaye, Les. Zen at Work: a Zen
Teacher's 30-Year Journey in Corporate America. Crown, 1996.
- Les Kaye's got another book out
4-13-11 - Les Kaye's got another book out
Kwong, Jakusho. No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen - Shambhala Publications link - Amazon Link
Breath Sweeps Mind [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition] - Amazon link
Only Don't Know - Shambhala Sun link - calligraphy book
Compiled by Tenryu Paul Rosenblum.
Zen: Recollections in Celebration of the 70th
Birthday of Zentatsu Baker Roshi. Crestone Books, 2006.
Leighton, Taigen Dan.
Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva
Archetypes and Their Modern Expression . Revised Edition.
Formerly published as Bodhisattva Archetypes:Classic Buddhist Guides to
Awakening and Their Modern Expression.
Books by Taigen and others he recommends
Ananda Claude Dalenberg's
Matthiessen, Peter. Nine-Headed Dragon
River: Zen Journals 1969 - 1982. Shambhala, 1986.
Mitchell, Elsie. The Lion Dog of Buddhist Asia. Charles E Tuttle Co., 1991. Read a review from a Lion Dog site.
Mitchell, Elsie. Sun Buddhas, Moon
Buddhas: a Zen Quest. Weatherhill, 1973. [Some great stuff on Shunryu Suzuki's visit
to Cambridge. Read the
Mitchell, Elsie and John. The Way of Eiheiji: Zen Buddhist Ceremony - A two record box set put out by Folkways Records in 1960. Now available From the Smithsonian Folkways in a 2-cassette set or a 2-CD set. See ordering information. Read the booklet that came with the record set.
Mountain, Marian. The Zen Environment: the Impact of Zen Meditation. William Morrow, 1982. Amazon link [Marian ran the Los Altos Zendo where she recorded the Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind lectures. A free spirit. Suzuki and beyond.] Marian's cuke page
Diana. Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa. Shambhala,
Shambhala link and
Olson, Philip. The Discipline of Freedom: a Kantian View of the Role of Moral Precepts in Zen Practice. SUNY, 1993. [A Suzuki student brings his Eastern and Western studies together.]
Power, Brian. The Puppet Emperor. Universe Books, 1988.
Reischauer, Edwin O. Japan Past and Present (Third Edition). Knopf, 1964.
Richmond, Ivan. Silence
and Noise: Growing Up Zen in America. Atria Books, 2003. See Amazon link.
- Events page from Lew Richmond's web site, mainly readings for his new
book, Aging as a spiritual
1-14-12 - Events page from Lew Richmond's web site, mainly readings for his new book, Aging as a spiritual practice.
Richmond, Lew. Work as a Spiritual Practice: a Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job. Broadway Books, 1999. [A Suzuki disciple, ordained with me, gives practical, down to earth Buddhist advice.]
_________.A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually. Atria Books, February 24, 2004. See Amazon.com.
_________.Zen Basics. Available only by mail order. See
Ross, Nancy Wilson. Buddhism: a Way of Life and Thought. Knopf, 1980.
Schneider, David. Street Zen: the Life and Work of Issan Dorsey. Marlowe and Company, (2nd Edition, June 2000) originally Shambhala, 1993. Here's the Amazon.com link.
Sher, Gail. The Moon of the Swaying Buds: A Spiritual Autobiography. Edgework Books, Feb., 2002. Amazon link - It's a book of poetry which focuses on her experiences at Tassajara and with Shunryu Suzuki, ending with her leaving Zen Center. See Gail Sher's web site's books page. She's written a bunch of them.
Nothing on My Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters, and Life on the Dharma Trail. Shambhala, 1997.
[A good picture of the sixties Zen Center,
Suzuki, Katagiri, and students.]
Eric Storlie link page
- Erik Storlie’s new memoir: Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root: A
Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing
Up, Growing Tender -
11-16-13 - Erik Storlie’s new memoir: Go Deep & Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender - Amazon link
Storry, Richard. A History of Modern Japan. Penguin, 1960.
Suzuki, Mitsu, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Gregory
A. Wood (translators). Temple Dusk: Zen Haiku. Parallax Press, 1992. [Shunryu Suzuki's wife's poetry]
5-30-14 - I'm so happy to present Catherine E. "Betty" Warren - Nitsa Marandonatou's wonderful Book on Betty Warren with many photos - feel free to download. It is not available via regular sources. Each copy cost Nitsa over $125. - thanks to Peter Ford for making it websize - Betty Warren cuke page
Books by and about Shunryu Suzuki
Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice. Weatherhill, 1970. Now published by Shambhala Publications. Here's the Shambhala link to it. [The famous first book of Suzuki's lectures. On the cover it says: Informal talks on Zen meditation and practice.] ---- Click here for excerpt on SFZC web site. Amazon link | Read the original Beginner's Mind lecture
Zen Is Right Here,
Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind,
Shunryu. Branching Steams Flow in the Darkness:
the Sandokai. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1999. [The second book of Suzuki's
lectures.] For more info go to this link
Dogen's Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries by Eihei Dogen, Nishiari Bokusan, Shohaku Okamura and Shunryu Suzuki (Aug 1, 2011) Published by Counterpoint.
Tipton, Steve. Getting Saved from the Sixties. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1982. [A Suzuki student sociologist takes a thorough and informative look at Suzuki students, EST, and a fundamentalist Christian Church.] Amazon link.
See more on Steve Tipton's books books here.
Trungpa, Chogyam. Born in Tibet (third edition). Shambhala, 1985. [Hard to get classic.] Click here for excerpt
Trungpa, Chogyam, The Teacup and the Skullcup: Chögyam Trungpa on Zen and Tantra, Vajradhatu Publications, 2007.
See letter from co-editor, David Schneider.
Uchiyama, Kosho. The Zen Teaching of "Homeless" Kodo, Kyoto Soto Zen Center, 1990.
Ambivalent Zen : One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path by Lawrence Shainberg
[Read it and weep. An eye-opening expose of Zen gone crazy.] Go to Victoria Page for more on this book.
Victoria, Brian. Zen War Stories, Routledge/Curzon, February 1, 2003. Go to Victoria Page for more info and cover.
Wenger, Michael. Thirty-three Fingers: a Collection of Modern American Koans. Clear Glass, 1994. [Small, fun, refreshing--by a priest in Suzuki's lineage, dean of the studies center at SFZC.] ---- Click here for excerpt on SFZC web site.
Wenger, Michael & Erlich, Gretel (Editors) Wind Bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center - 1968-2001 (web link) North Atlantic Books, 2001. [That was an informative link on it, but here's the Amazon.com link. A great collection of various articles, including Suzuki lectures, from old Wind Bells.
- Yesterday linked to Dairyu Michael Wenger's site,
Dragon's Leap. Today featuring
his book 49 Fingers, a collection of 49 American Koans, written in
traditional case, commentary, verse format alongside 22 of his original
Wind Bell (publication of the San Francisco Zen Center),
publication of the SFZC. To subscribe or for back issues, write Zen
Center, 300 Page St., San Francisco CA 94102--$3 per issue; $6 a year
domestic; $10 a year foreign]
Wind Bells -
all 102 of them,
publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 - - plus the
Tassajara 25 year anniversary
book - here on cuke.
Wind Bells - all 102 of them, publication of the SFZC - 1961-2012 - - plus the Tassajara 25 year anniversary book - here on cuke.
Articles and Papers
pertaining to Shunryu Suzuki, the Zen
Center, Crooked Cucumber, or something relevant.
Barry, Ernie. "The Way of the Gateless Gate." Berkeley Barb, September 29, 1967. [An article about Tassajara on opening week.]
Jeschke, Matthew Paul. "The Interpretation of Zen in the West." Thesis, Division of Philosophy, Religion, and Psychology, Reed College, May 1995.
Kawashiri, Rumi. "Sokoji and Zen Center." Unpublished paper, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, June 6, 1969.
Kozuki, Shigeo. "Kokoro no Furusato" (Hometown of the Heart), Nikkei, Tokyo, 1994. [A eulogy to Shunryu Suzuki from one of his wartime students.]
Lahey, Denis Myo. "Climbing the Mountain Seat," a paper for the Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1972. [A description of Suzuki's final, emotional public appearance. Reprinted in the Wind Bell.]
Trungpa, Chogyam. "Suzuki-roshi: A recollection of Buddha, Dharma, Sangha." Garuda.. Tail of the Tiger and Karma Dzong Communities, Spring 1972.
Wise, David Thomas. "Dharma West: A Social-Psychological Inquiry into Zen in San Francisco." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, September 1971.
Other Books by friends of cuke.com, Suzuki students, and/or folks we admire or stuff that was relevant or not:
Books by Bill Porter (Red Pine) - and links to interviews and articles.
Books by Dainin Katagiri - compilations of his lectures
12-11-10 - The Bodhisattva's Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism's Front Lines? by Alan Senauke, vice abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center - • To order a signed copy or copies from the Clear View website, go to Clear View Press
11-23-10 - Three short books, collections of Taisan Sheridan's poetry:
* Walking Zen Mountain: Poems for Awakening
* Snow Falling in Moonlight: Odes in Praise of Dogen's Shobogenzo
* Rice Eyes: Enlightenment in Dogen's Kitchen
Check 'em out at Zen Lamp Books - ancient wisdom in modern verse
11-20-10 - Umbrella Man, the book of tributes to Mel Weitsman written by his dharma heirs on Mel’s 80th birthday.
Buy Umbrella Man through the SFZC bookstore
10-30-10 - 50 years of work brings age-old wisdom to West by Don Lattin, Special to The Chronicle, an article on Kazuaki Tanahashi. The recent publication of Kaz's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo is one focus of this interview/article.
10-04-10 - Check out these books:
Fil Lewitt's The Zen Follies, is available only on Amazon.com (that's the book's link). The following places and persons are among the ones mentioned or discussed in The Zen Follies: Tassajara Monastery, San Francisco Zen Center, Big River Farm Sangha, Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto; Fil Lewitt (myself), Katagiri Dainin-roshi, Suzuki Shunryu-roshi, Tatsugami-roshi, Tommy Dorsey-roshi, Ikkyu-roshi, Kobori Nanrei-sensei, Chogyam Trungpa-rinpoche, Dick Baker, Reb Anderson, Bob Walter, Alan Rabold, Jack Elias, David Chadwick, Ed Brown, Dan Welch, Daisy Hellman Paradis, Linda Crawford, Gary Snyder, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Harold Brayton, and others. - That's from Fil's message about the book. Read the whole message.
ZEN MONSTER LAUNCHES 3RD ISSUE
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9-18-10 - Crowded by Beauty; A Biography of Poet and Zen Teacher Philip Whalen, by David Schneider, forthcoming from University of California Press. You can download a chapter at On http://www.coyotesjournal.com/.
4-28-10 - Grace Schireson on KPFA talking about Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters and Suzuki Roshi and more - thanks Howie
4-21-10 - Decomposition: Fungi-Inspired Poems
a new book by Kelly Chadwick and Renée Roehl
Read about it, get the vital info on like how to get it and see a nifty photo of K & R
4-09-10 - Check out Jhanas Advice dot com and the book Practicing the Jhanas by Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder who has helped DC in the past with Shunryu Suzuki archiving.
11-11-08 - Wisdom Books - Elequent Silence - Nyogen Senzaki - that's the English site but you'll get the idea if you're somewhere else.
Fil Lewit on cuke, links, more books.
3-08-08 - Gardening at the Dragon's Gate by Wendy Johnson. This new SFZC book is doing very well on Amazon.com. Bantam's link. SFZC link with upcoming events. Wendy has been on it for something like ten years. It's beautiful, worth the wait. Order from SFZC Bookstore. - featured in the NY Times - SF Chron review by Don Lattin
5-01-08 - 5-01-08 - Steve Tipton has a new book out: Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life. - See more on this book and Steve Tipton here.
Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time By