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8-15-05 - Startling historical data concerning Shunryu Suzuki and the Nazis mined from the Internet and all sorts of stuff about Zen as an evil cult. Read it and tremble!

I was redoing the page on Comments by DC on bio of Shunryu Suzuki on SFZC website and I took an erroneous phrase from it to see where on the web it could be found and ran into a most weird page. Now I know why so many of my friends are so weird - we're part of the Green Dragon Society. When Zentatsu Richard Baker gave Green Gulch Farm the Buddhist name Green Dragon Temple, he exposed us all as being part of an ancient evil cult with Nazi ties. Here's an excerpt: - full version

Disagreeing Zen Stories
08-18-2004, 02:08 PM

Toxic Zen Story #2.8: Green Dragon Zen, General Karl Haushofer and Adolph Hitler.

So, how did Hitler get that way anyhow? Karl Haushofer.

'Some authors claim that, while in Japan, Haushofer was active in the ultra-secret Green Dragon Society, whose members were under oath to commit ritual suicide if faced with dishonor. After the war Haushofer was among the Nazi members to be put to trial before the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. But Professor Haushofer never went to trial. After killing his wife, Karl Haushofer committed suicide in the traditional Japanese way, cutting his intestines with a sharp samurai short sword, in a personal, formal ceremony called seppuku (commonly known as hara-kiri).'

From "The Swastika and the Nazis - The Haushofer Connection"

Now read another excerpt which shines a new light on the meaning of the Suzuki lineage and the excerpt within the excerpt is another place where the SFZC bio of Suzuki is quoted word for word.

So, Karl got the rare opportunity to observe the results of his thorough observance of Zen principles, on his trip to Dachau. He paid the price of following those principles, and acting on those distorted views, with the life of his family. How very ZEN, is this amazing story.

By the way, the Green Dragon society is thriving today ... most of Northern California Zen is Green Dragon.

[the following is from] 'Abbots of San Francisco Zen Center' ( bot.html)

'Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, a Japanese Zen priest belonging to the Soto lineage, came to San Francisco in 1959 at the age of fifty-four. Already a respected Zen master in Japan, he was impressed by the seriousness and quality of "beginner's mind" among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided to settle here. As more and more people of non-Japanese background joined him in meditation, Zen Center came into being and he was its first abbot. Under his tutelage, Zen Center grew into City Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He was undoubtedly one of the most influential Zen teachers of his time. Some of his edited talks have been collected in the books Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai. Suzuki-roshi died in 1971. '

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi was of the Green Dragon Society. This is why the Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito is called the Green Dragon Temple. I guess they don't mind the association, folks like Marilyn Walker, mother of John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban. I wonder if John minded? - full version

How do you like that reference to John Walker Lindh? Makes a lot of sense, huh? And I wondered why Baker-roshi called it that. Things are beginning to become clear now.

Reminds me of the time that Suzuki said that all beings were bodhisattvas and Dan Welch asked him if Hitler was a bodhisattva and Suzuki said that yes, Hitler was a great Bodhisattva. Talk about your had to be there can't be quoted out of context things to say. Wouldn't do well in a little book of quotes by itself on a page with no explanation. It's like Jesus said "Ye are all gods," and as if someone had asked him "Well is Julius Caesar a god?" and Jesus had said, "Yes, Julius Caesar is god on high."

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