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1/31/2000--from Dan Kaplan:
I seem to remember hearing that Suzuki roshi used to describe Soto Zen as
walking in the mist, or the fog. You don't even know you are getting wet,
but after a while , you are soaked. So, how about the title " Walking
in the Fog (or the Mist): Encounters with Shunryu Suzuki roshi"?
1/31/99--from Greg Eichler:
Within the hour, I have finished reading your book Crooked Cucumber.
[I wrote Greg back, as I always do, and got this from him--DC:]
It's okay to use my name. The
more I get into Zen, the more I see that even
1/28/2000--From: Ken Spiker
1/25/2000--From Joanne Myoren
Bobier: Greeting from Southwestern Ontario! I'm absolutely delighted
to see that 'Crooked Crucumber' is coming out in paperback!
I will call the bookstore this afternoon and, if they are already not
aware, make them aware of it and order my copy!
1/24/2000-- A note from Paul Shippee, an old Suzuki student. Also I included links to his Internet health business so that anyone interested in making a living that way can contact him.--DC
1/22/2000--from Frank Anderton:
David, sorry to hear you've had the flu. Hope you're much better. I've been suddenly caught up in classes once again, just now getting back to the continuation of my last letter, more about Suzuki and Katagiri. [See this email together with his others.]
1/22/2000--From: Ronald Criss
As a former graphic artist (BFA)
I want to tell you that I really
appreciate the design. Simple and coherent. Nice colors and well
coordinated type, color harmony, etc. (Same with the hardcover book too,
by the way. Cumptich did an excellent job. Even the barcode is part of
the design!!!). Anyway, I was hooked. I immediately went to Amazon and
one-clicked a copy of the hardcover! So the site is definitely an
effective advertising tool.
Well I'm reading the book now. I
really like your writing style. I had
a copy of your other book (Thank you, and OK) which I didn't really get
into, (My wife is Japanese, I spent 5 years there so I often pick up
books about Japan) so I think I sold it to a used book store. Well now,
dog-gone-it, I'm going to have to buy that darn book again so I can find
out more about the author of Crooked Cucumber! What a string of advertising! Website to book - book to book! And of course if you write
Well, take care of yourself, and
domo arigato, mata atode, neh? Pax, Ron
1/21/2000 - from Lakshmi: First, I LOVED your books (both of them). Thank you so much! Something weird is happening with your "author's events" link on the cuke.com website, did you know? I actually would realy like to know about any upcoming readings/events you might have in the Bay Area, but when I click on that link, I get a page that just makes no sense. Blessings. [Thanks a lot. I fixed it. - DC]
1/21/2000--From: Larry Prager
Despite my doubts
about others' perceptions of Roshi, I couldn't blame them. I never met a
man who so moved me. Those days were wonderful - you could go across the
street and discuss posture with him without a year's wait, and I did,
though he couldn't help my peculiar bone structure. I later ran into him
in his private bath at Tassajara ( I was in it at the time - it's in the
Archives ), and again, though I didn't at the time understand my
incredibly idiotic mistake, was impressed with his presence, with his
treatment of a foolish young man. Even in my subsequent years as a
half-pint entrepreneurial capitalist, I kept his framed picture on the
1/20/2000--A cartoon from Nonin at the Nebraska Zen Center in Omaha.
Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
1/20/2000--from Chong Go:
Thanks for the great biography of Suzuki Roshi. It's honesty was really
One of the first books that motivated me to actually practice zen was
MacLeod, Main Library, UC Irvine
1/ 16/ 2000--from Jonathan
I am a lazy student of the dharma up in Alaska though I lived in
for ten years. Your book has been a great inspiration for me. In the spirit of warmth
and kindness you have brought the wonderful history and teachings of Suzuki
1/15/2000--from Joseph Brenna: I'll make it short - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind was my introduction to Buddhism and dharma - and is still the dharma book I reread most often. I had the book for seven years before I understood a word of it. When I was finally ready, I read it every day for a year - and then began to try meditating. Then entered a Shambhala Center and became a student. Though I never met Suzuki Roshi, my gratitude to him is boundless.
Your book has further deepened my appreciation, respect and love for
this remarkable person. It is really inspiring to consider these
teachings in light of the day to day challenges Suzuki faced - and
somehow for me this adds even more depth to his words. Your account of
Suzuki's life is heartbreaking and inspiring. It totally leveled me - in
a good way.
1/13/2000-From Ken Spiker:
Thank you for your wonderful book on Suzuki Roshi. It brought back a lot of memories from the 60's; I always thought of the Zen Center as my spiritual home, though I wasn't really ready to face the prospect of hard practice. I first became interested in Buddhism and Eastern religions by hearing Alan Watts on KPFA. [Following are some terrific memories of Suzuki Roshi which I put in the Suzuki Stories section.
I get that question a lot when people have to introduce me at book signings. I tell them to say "Shunyu" or "Shundyu" with just a touch on the "d." Or, if there's time I may get further into it and say that the Japanese "r" is said from the front of the mouth and not the rear like ours. It's got some "l" and "d" in it and works better in diphthongs like this than the English "r."
I just stumbled across your
Crooked Cucumber web site. A delightful find. I have a copy of your OK
book. Loved it. And Thank You,
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