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About the Book           

About Suzuki Roshi    

Old Bibliography (click thumbnails to enlarge covers)

New Bibliography (but this old one has more listings)

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Shunryu Suzuki Index

NEW 2017 - Publications including some listed below

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 In addition to listing my major published sources (and my sources were overwhelmingly unpublished) I included books by writers in Suzuki's lineage and some important relevant books--some unpublished at the time of compiling the bibliography.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

Bibliography as it appeared in Crooked Cucumber

Books by Shunryu Suzuki, sort of - his words. Go to Suzuki book page.

Books 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 - also got to via publications

Articles pertaining to Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Center, etc.

Excerpts from a few books mentioning Suzuki.

Other books - by Zennies, friends, whatever

Go to New and newly mentioned books - 2002

DC Books

Books by Dainin Katagiri -  compilations of his lectures

Check out the Writing department of cuke-The-arts

Books By, About, or at least Mentioning Shunryu Suzuki - incomplete as heck by now (2015)

Anderson, Reb. Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts. Rodmell Press, 2000.

warm.gif (45145 bytes)Anderson, Reb. Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: A Collection of Talks on Zen Meditation. Rodmell Press, 1999.
[From a close Suzuki disciple and former abbot of ZC. As with any book here, look at's reviews. They're really good.--DC]---- Click here for excerpt on SFZC web site.

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.



original.gif (66764 bytes)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.

Tomato.gif (54810 bytes)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.

Other books by Ed Brown

Edward Brown link page

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.

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Chadwick, David. Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan, Shambhala, May 2007.  [Some Suzuki Roshi stories, lots on Katagiri Roshi]

Main Thank You and OK page on this site

Shambhala link.
Originally a Penguin Arkana book published in 1994

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

DC Books

Tassajara Food Trip by Bill Shurtleff

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.

Rick Fields cuke page with other books listed

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

Read the book here on cuke

woz-cover.JPG (12734 bytes)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 to get.--DC]  
Read the whole book here

The story of how this book came about will be put on the site very soon as will more material on Elsie Mitchell who edited this book.. - DC - 9/22/02. Go to Article on  Elsie Mitchell and a Visit to Massachusetts, a chapter cut from Crooked Cucumber. See Sun Buddhas, Moon Buddhas below and Elsie Mitchell main page.

midwif.gif (72318 bytes)Gaskin, Ina May. Spiritual Midwifery. The Book Publishing Co., 1990.



amazing.gif (122973 bytes)Gaskin, Stephen. Amazing Dope Tales. The Book Publishing Co., 1980. [These two Gaskin books I name for one story each and because the Gaskin relationship is part of the hidden background.--DC]

Gaskins on cuke - including more books

Hiestand, Barbara,
editor. Chronicles of Haiku Zendo. Haiku Zendo Foundation, 1973. [A terrific little bit of history, full of Suzuki stories.] Read the whole book: Part One. Part Two

Chronicles and Haiku Zendo Hoto Newsletters linked from publications

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.]

work.gif (114087 bytes)Kaye, Les. Zen at Work: a Zen Teacher's 30-Year Journey in Corporate America. Crown, 1996.
[Les has been a priest at the Los Altos Zendo since Suzuki ordained him in 1971 and for many years he combined his priest practice there with his job at IBM.]
Amazon link

4-13-11 - Les Kaye's got another book out

Joyously Through the Days: Living the Journey of Spiritual Practice with a foreward by Huston Smith - Wisdom Publications link  [Amazon Link]

Les Kaye on cuke and elsewhere


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

Jakusho Kwong link page

Lee, Paul, Editor. Compiled by Tenryu Paul Rosenblum. Roundabout Zen: Recollections in Celebration of the 70th Birthday of Zentatsu Baker Roshi. Crestone Books, 2006.
See Roundabout Zen page for more info, table of contents, excerpts, and how to
buy the book.

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.
(Wisdom Publications,2003)

 [Little mention of Suzuki, but a daring, original approach by a priest in his lineage who helped me out with Crooked Cucumber.--DC]----
Click here for excerpt on SFZC Website
Click here for excerpts on 

Books by Taigen and others he recommends

Visions of Awakening Space and Time:
Dogen and the Lotus Sutra
Oxford University Press, 2007
- Description and comments

Taigen's Peace and Justice Page

Books by Emma Bragdon - Amazon

Emma's cuke page

Ananda Claude Dalenberg's  Newsletters 1982-91
Universal Life Friends
Zen Freethinker
Cloud Hidden Friends

dragon.gif (95957 bytes)Matthiessen, Peter. Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969 - 1982. Shambhala, 1986.
[Matthiessen's path includes a bit of Suzuki, more background accounts of Soen Nakagawa, Yasutani, and Eido Shimano Roshis.]

liondog1.jpg (16955 bytes)Mitchell, Elsie. The Lion Dog of Buddhist Asia. Charles E Tuttle Co., 1991. Read a review from a Lion Dog site.

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Mitchell, Elsie. Sun Buddhas, Moon Buddhas: a Zen Quest. Weatherhill, 1973. [Some great stuff on Shunryu Suzuki's visit to  Cambridge.  Read the excerpt
See The Way of Zazen (above)
Go to Elsie Mitchell Main Page

box_cov.jpg (43837 bytes)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

Mukpo, Diana. Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa. Shambhala, 2006. Shambhala link and Amazon link.

Needleman, Jacob.
The New Religions. Doubleday, 1970. [Out of print, maybe the first book to mention Suzuki and Zen Center.]

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.

1-14-12 - Events page from Lew Richmond's web site, mainly readings for his new book, Aging as a spiritual practice.




richmond.gif (87169 bytes)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.]

________. Healing Lazarus : A Buddhist's Journey from Near Death to New Life -- by Lewis Richmond, Pocket Books 2002. See my comments - DC.

_________.A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually. Atria Books, February 24, 2004. See

_________.Zen Basics. Available only by mail order. See

Books by Lew Richmond    Music by Lew Richmond

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 link.


Pale Sky

by Gail Sher

Night Crane Press (November 23, 2015)

Amazon link

"a poetic evocation of the Tassajara zendo ... on the day Suzuki Roshi died."





Back Cover (PDF)

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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.


Storlie, Erik. 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

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

about this book on beginner zen dot com and on Eric Storlie's cuke page

Storry, Richard. A History of Modern Japan. Penguin, 1960.

dusk.gif (85012 bytes)Suzuki, Mitsu, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Gregory A. Wood (translators). Temple Dusk: Zen Haiku. Parallax Press, 1992. [Shunryu Suzuki's wife's poetry]
Amazon link

Mitsu Suzuki Main Page

3-27-14 - A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - by Mitsu Suzuki, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer., Rodmell Press (March 2014)

Amazon link




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
Go to Suzuki book page

zmbm.gif (51027 bytes)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

 Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Is Right Here, Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Edited by David Chadwick
Paperback / Shambhala Publications / 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-59030-491-4 / October 2007 Shambhala Link - Not yet printed. Now accepting pre-orders! Expected publication date, October 2007. Originally published as To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki - link

branching.gif (64341 bytes)Suzuki, Shunryu. Branching Steams Flow in the Darkness: Lectures on the Sandokai. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1999. [The second book of Suzuki's lectures.] For more info go to this link
Amazon link

Shunryu Suzuki, edited by Edward Espe Brown. Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen, Harper Collins 2002. This is the true sequel to Zen Mind Beginner's Mind.

Amazon link

Other books by Ed Brown

Dogen's Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries by Eihei Dogen, Nishiari Bokusan, Shohaku Okamura and Shunryu Suzuki (Aug 1, 2011) Published by Counterpoint.

posted 4-25-11

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.

See Steve Tipton's Link Page

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.


tworkov.gif (91260 bytes)Tworkov, Helen. Zen in America: Five Teachers and the Search for American Buddhism. Kodansha, 1994. [In depth interviews with Richard Baker and Bill Kwong Roshis and other American Zen teachers.] 

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

See excerpt about Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

war.gif (131932 bytes)Victoria, Brian. Zen at War. Weatherhill, 1997.

[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 link. A great collection of various articles, including Suzuki lectures, from old Wind Bells.

10-18-14 - 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 brush works. 

It is currently available at the San Francisco Zen Center's online bookstore. You can purchase it at their website by clicking here.

Dairyu Michael Wenger cuke page

rabbitwb.jpg (76210 bytes)Wind Bell (publication of the San Francisco Zen Center), 1961-. [Bi-annual  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.

Articles and Papers pertaining to Shunryu Suzuki, the Zen Center, Crooked Cucumber, or something relevant.
[I'll try to get these on the site.--DC - wrote that in 99. Now it's 2007. Maybe this year! Maybe even a more complete list!]

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.

 SFZC Bookstore

Other Books by friends of, 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

Preview of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's New Book - What to do at India's Buddhist Holy Sites - Howie K comes through again with a cool link.

Taigen Dan Leighton's latest book, Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry - Wisdom link

Excerpts related to Shunryu Suzuki

from Zen Questions: Zazen, Dōgen, and the Spirit of Inquiry, by Taigen Dan Leighton © 2011, Wisdom Publications, 2011 (November)

Taigen's cuke link page

2-28-17 - Ryuten Paul Rosenblum's Temple Walls-Japan

A beautiful book of Paul's photographs


Paul's cuke page







4-15-15 - Nothing Holy About It: the Zen of Being Just Who You Are - Tim Burkett's book on his Zen journey with plenty on Shunryu Suzuki and the early SFZC before he went with Dainin Katagiri to Minnesota where he's now the abbot.

Nothing Holy about It dot com

Shambhala Publications page on the book
Amazon Link
Teacher's Page on website of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
Huff Post Review

12-03-12 - How To Live on the Planet Earth
Collected Poems of Nanao Sakaki
foreword by Gary Snyder
edited by Gary Lawless
Blackberry Books
Nobleboro, Maine
Jan. 1, 2013
304 pages
$16.95 paperback

Read about it on Ginsberg Project

Nanao's cuke page

7-07-12 - Collaborating With Angels, Rob Lee's memoir about Issan Tommy Dorsey and Maitri Hospice, being serialized in (issue 5)

7-03-12 - Keith Martin Smith has an interesting site which features a book he wrote on Denis Kelly, Heart Blown Open: Of Saints and Sinners - that's a link to a page with excerpts. Lots about Alan Marlowe in the book and some about Shunryu Suzuki. Alan introduced me to Denis in 1972. More to say, but later. He's a Zen teacher now, Jun Po Denis Kelly. Here's his site, Mondo Zen. - thanks bro Lor

Junpo Dennis Kelly and a Heart Blown Open - dc

4-22-11 - Uchiyama, Kosho. Amazon link to books by him with others

12-01-10 - A Light in the Mind – Kobun Chino Roshi as remembered by Carolyn Atkinson - the final chapter in her book A Light in the Mind: Living Your Life Just As It Is  (Amazon link) - thanks HK

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.

    SFZC website article on Umbrella Man

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 (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.

Fil Lewit on cuke, links


10-22-10 - Zen Monster, Vol. 1, #2  is now on sale @ all 3 ZC bookstores or online @ and 'google' Zen Monster on the site; its around $10. And don't forget Zen Monstor Vol. 1, #1. You can order them both from SFZC Bookstore. Check out the Zen Monster website.


See cool Zen Monster release card


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9-18-10 - Crowded by Beauty; A Biography of Poet and Zen Teacher Philip Whalen, by David Schneider
2015, University of California Press page for the book

David Schneider cuke page with more on this book.


6-14-2010 - Susan Moon writes that This Is Getting Old - a new book from the maker of Tofu Roshi. Here's her blog

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

Wisdom Books link

amazon link

Central Valley Zen Foundation

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.

Shambhala link

A Man of Zen: the Recorded sayings of Layman Pang, 1971, Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Yoshitaka Iriya, Dan Fraser (translators).

The Recorded Sayings of Layman Pang: a Ninth Century Zen Classic (1973) - republished with new complete title.

Interview with Dana Fraser

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.

9-29-08 - Check out Fil Lewitt's three novels. Here's an Amazon link. And here's a note about them from Fil.

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   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.

11-14-07 - Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time By Dainin Katagiri
Shambhala link


2-05-08 - Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

by Stephan Bodian - his website

featuring a blurb by dc:

Remove the Seeker, Remove the Sought - article herein by Bodian on Zen Advaita  - with a bit of bio.

Bay, Jane - Love and Loss: a Story about Live, Death, and Rebirth and Precious Jewels of Tibet: a Journey to the Roof of the World. Clear Light Press - See Jane Bay's web site for more.

Bittner, Mark The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Harmony Books, Jan. 2004
with a neat little role for Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Shunryu Suzuki and some interesting speculation on what it's all about toward the end. Check out the book and the movie's website. See what else I wrote about it on this site.
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Cohen, Darlene Finding a Joyful Life in the Heart of Pain
List Price: $22.00 Hardcover - 256 pages  (Shambhala Pubns; ISBN: 1570624674
Go to review  
Go to Darlene's interview

More books by Darlene Cohen

Coyote, Peter Sleeping Where I Fall,
Counterpoint Press, 1999.
Excerpt about the Human Be-in mentioning Suzuki

Downing, Michael (Amazon link) Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center Counterpoint Press; ISBN: 1582431132; (October 16, 2001) Comments on this book in - and related matter.

Deep Fool by BS Eisenberg, Hara Publishing, 2001. Shocking, disturbing, deeply personal account by a Suzuki student. If you hit the link on the name of the book you can go to my comments on More comments on this book to come on It's an important story that revolves around a rape at Tassajara and how none of us, including Suzuki, responded to it well enough or thoughtfully enough to say the least. - DC.

Elias, Jack (Amazon Link) Finding True Magic. See Jack's interview on this site with a link there to his interview  on the Chronicle Project site for students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Go to Jack's site, also called Finding True Magic.

Ferguson, Andy. Zen's Chinese Heritage, Wisdom Publications






Opening to You: Zen Inspired Translation of the Psalms by Norman Fischer, Penguin Putnam 2002. Check out Zokestu Norman Fischer's Everyday Zen Foundation.  Don't miss the page on books which includes not only a few suggested core Zen books but Norman's books of poetry, Buddhism, Judaism, and working with youth. Don't miss the poetry and teachings links. Go to Books by Norman Fischer on cuke for more.

3-22-07 - Gary Gach has just launched a new book, 185 brief poems by Ko Un called Flowers of a Moment. Gary is one of three translators of the poetry in this book. The inaugural reading (app. 20 minutes) at Moe's Books is online. Here's the book's web page and here's the link. Here's the email from Gary. Here's Gary's web site.

Goldberg, Natalie. Two books featuring Dainin Katagiri: The Long Quiet Highway and The Great Failure. See Natalie's website for more books and more on Natalie like her workshops and art.



Harada, Shodo Morning Dewdrops of the Mind : Teachings of a Contemporary Zen Master and The Path to Bodhidharma: Teachings of Shodo Harada Roshi. More

2-07-06 - Jane Hirshfield has a new book of poetry out named After which just got a great review in the SF Chronicle (2-05). Check her out here - hit Titles (from her page) to see the covers of her NINE books of poetry


Neither Monk nor Layman, Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese Buddhism, Richard M. Jaffe, Princeton University Press 2001.

Jones, Molly White Magic: Vibrational Medicine in Action  144 pages ISBN: 1583485198
recently available (April, 2000) white magic.gif (14844 bytes)
Can be ordered through www. iUniverse. com bookstore or try their page for this book . Their price: $8 95
Go to the review of this book from
Go to Molly's letter
in the Interview Section.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell (contributor), Harmony Books 2002 - Here's a blurb I wrote for it that's on the back of the book. - DC She's got more books than that. Here's her page.

Kyoto Journal (Perspectives on Asia) - an excellent magazine out of Kyoto, once called by Howard Rheingold the best magazine in the world, with a good solid web site that is informative and being upgraded right now - 3/26/04. Back issues to 1987 are available and each one is superb. It's ridiculously non profit for a publication so professionally well done. These guys want to keep it a labor of love and earn money in other ways. If I did it I wouldn't have another job, but I guess that's why it's so good. - DC

Marshall, Dr. George R. From a World of Madness to a World of Sanity: Guides for Action. Check out Dr. Marshall's web site which has lots of info on this book. Here's what he wrote to "My book uses Shambhala as an organizing framework for presenting a discussion of ways to create a Sane World. I reference the high esteem Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Training had for Suzuki Roshi."

nisker.gif (106844 bytes) Nisker, Wes. Buddha's Nature: Evolution As a Practical Guide to Enlightenment. Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1998.

Nisker, Wes. If You Don't Like the News...Go Out and Make Some of Your Own, Ten Speed, 1994.

Nisker, Wes. Crazy Wisdom: New Millennial Edition, Ten Speed, February 1999.

ogui.gif (57415 bytes)Ogui, Koshin. Zen Shin Talks by Sensei Ogui, Zen Shin Publications, 1998. [Suzuki's old friend and student mentioned in Crooked Cucumber]

Sakaki, Nanao has three poetry books listed on (his page there including other books he's in) : Let's Eat Stars, Break the Mirror: the Poems of Nanao Sakaki (with illustrations by Gary Snyder)- out of print, and Real Play: Poetry and Drama (Tooth of Times) - out of print. He translated poems by Issa Kobayashi and that book is called Inch by Inch: 45 Poems by Issa (La Alameda). There's a book by Gary Lawless with many contributions from various people on Nanao called Nanao or Never: Nanao Sakaki Walks Earth A. I don't understand the "Earth A" part but the title gave me the idea for the title of this piece. These books are published by Blackberry except the two otherwise noted. See Interview with Nanao Sakaki, godfather of Japanese Hippies.

Tarrant, John. Bring Me The Rhinoceros
And Other Zen Koans to Bring You Joy

Published by Harmony Books, October 2004

Go to a page on this Rhino book I ripped off from The Pacific Zen Institute and see the blurbs.

Tarrant, John. The Light Inside the Dark : Zen, Soul, and the Spiritual Life. Perennial, 1999. Amazon link.

afterzen.gif (95641 bytes)Van De Wetering, Janwillem. Afterzen: Experiences of a Zen Student Out on His Ear, Saint Martin's Press, June 1999. Review by DC

Check out Amazon's page on De Wetering's other books on his Zen Experience - The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery and A Glimpse of Nothingness; Experiences in an American Zen Community, and more. He's written a lot. Here's more books, film, info on him on his Wikipedia page.

Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation - UC Press link  - Amazon link

Carl is a co-author of Traditions of Meditation in Chinese Buddhism (Studies in East Asian Buddhism, No 4 - U of Hawaii Press link - Amazon link

See Carl's cuke link page



Sit Down and Shut Up

 Hardcore Zen

Brad Warner - Brad's blog entry with cuke comment


Brad Warner's Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between Amazon link. You might want to check out Brad's Hardcore Zen Blog. His Doubtboy Homepage. And his Zen Books that don't suck link.

12-06-08 - Brad Warner's ZEN BOOKS THAT DON'T SUCK page.

11-22-09 - Huston Smith's autobiography, Tales of Wonder

Huston Smith's painful spiritual odyssey

By John Blake, CNN - thanks MK

Huston's interview page on

11-20-09 - Am currently reading Red Pine's The Heart Sutra. Great.

Poetry for Crazy Cowboys & Zen Monks [or this link] by Dr. Michael Hofmann (Illustrator), Raymond Coffin - See comment.





9-27-09 - Pseudo Dionysius-The Complete Works - a great book

Here's the core of this seminal Christian mystic's teaching - The Mystical Theology. It's from another translation which I don't like as much as the above one, but it's still good, not long, a sort of Heart Sutra approach or, Via Negativa.

12-21-08 - A reminder for your holiday gift buying: Shambhala has brought John Tarrant's Bring me Rhinoceros back out

Check out Tarrant's books

and PZI (Pacific Zen Inst)



9-19-08 - Check out Zen Architecture, a book by Shunryu Suzuki disciple, Paul Discoe.

Gib Smith Publisher link

Amazon link.

Paul Discoe, Alexandra Quinn on tour for book 'Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice'


Paul Discoe cuke and other links page

9-12-09 - Suzuki student and dear old friend Tim Buckley has a book out: Thomas Buckley. "Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990," Univ. Calif. P. 2002. Amazon link

Time writes: It might be interesting to some followers who knew Harry Roberts. Harry appears in the book here and there, sometimes anonymously and sometimes only inferenentially: it was because of my studies with Harry that I was able to connect in mutual trust with several traditional elders on the Klamath River (who all spoke Yurok as a first language). These people and their testimony really form the heart of the book. Some people might have been surprised by my becoming Harry's student after Suzuki-roshi's death, rather than continuing to study with an obviously Buddhist teacher. But I think that the connections between formal Buddhism and traditional Yurok thinking and practice, as well as their many differences, are clear (if unstated) in Standing Ground, as is my debt to Zen practice in my understanding of Yurok thought and practice.
All the best, Tim

Tim Buckley link page

11-05-09 - Shores of Zen - a new Zen website by by Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler featuring his new book, Two Shores of Zen.

7-13-11 - James Ishmael Ford's Monkey Mind Online reminded that yesterday was Henry David Thoreau's birthday and before that there is a penetrating look at Stephen Batchelor's Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist (thanks Dan Kaplan). Also, note to the right, Ford's books:

In This Very Moment

Zen Master Who?

The Book of Mu

5-15-14 - The Record of Linji

by Thomas Yuho Kirchner (Editor), Ruth Fuller Sasaki (Translator)

amazon link

Books by Thomas Kirchner

Books by Ruth Fuller Sasaki

Read the dust jacket to know more about this book

A 2008 article on Tom Kirchner completing this unfinished work by Ruth Fuller Sasaki and getting it published

Tom Kirchner is one of the people interviewedc in Zen and War. He lives in Kyoto and is a staff researcher at the Rinazi sect's Hanazono University.

10-25-11 - Winter Fruit - a book of poetry by Beclee Newcomer Wilson.


All poetry books by Beclee including Tassajara Wind

John Oliver Wilson

Tall Tales and No Lies: Coming of Age in the Missouri Ozarks - Amazon page

The Idea of America: Our Values, Our Legacy, Our Future - Amazon page

Amazon page for all John Wilson books

11-25-12 - Walking in Beauty: Growing up with the Yurok Indians by Harry Roberts - Tim Buckley helped Harry create this book, wrote the introduction, and wrote the following about the book including how to get it.

 Pseudo Dionysius: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality). This is the 1988 translation.

More in Excerpts

9-29-14 - Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan


by John K. Nelson

Read about this book here or here

John Nelson is Professor of East Asian religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco. Here's his faculty profile.

At UCB: The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the Winners of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize - and Experimental Buddhism is a winner!

He gave a talk recently at the SFZC City Center.

John Nelson cuke page

The Guitar and the New World: A Fugitive History

reviewed by Taigen Dan Leighton

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