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Shunryu Suzuki Offline Archive
2016-12 simplified offline version
10 GB, suitable for a thumb or flash drive

This is now out of date. All the material is available on and

Below is the Index and Guide for the 2016-12 Shunryu Suzuki Offline Archive
and how to get it

This material is all from and or our archives. All of it is being integrated into the sites now which will be reflecting the superior organizing principle of the offline archive in time. A number of files have had additional material, updates, and fixes since then. This is the state it was in by the end of 2016.



Index | Transcripts & Audio | All-in-one transcripts | Letters | Calligraphy | Publications | Videos | Photos | Contents


Welcome to the
Shunryu Suzuki Digital Archive
December 2016 simplified selection


Introduction and Guide

Herein is a simplified yet complete selection of all Shunryu Suzuki lecture transcripts and audio, video, letters, calligraphy, and photos that Cuke Archives has amassed to date plus a selection of other related materials.

These files and folders function as an offline website which opens in any browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, IE - or in software that reads HTML. There is a Menu Bar with links to the main sections on the top and bottom of most pages. One moves within the archive through those and other internal links which are colored maroon like this and change to purple like this once used. External Internet links are colored red like this. All of this material is found on or - and a great deal more.

Transcripts and Audio - On there are a number of different versions of the transcripts from verbatim to various levels of editing plus several audio choices for many lectures. In this simplified archive there are fewer transcript choices and just one audio version for each entry, preferring the clearest audio*. The transcripts include material other than lectures such as interviews, film transcripts, and Suzuki's comments from SFZC Wind Bells. Some transcripts from problem audio are partial with gaps, two are blank. In the transcript chart, following the dated name is a Transcript link . If an Edited Transcript link follows, the other is in almost every case a verbatim transcript, word for word, checked against audio. Almost all the edited lectures are what we call light or minimal edits for ease of reading, eliminating dead end sentence fragments or many instances of his constant use of "you know," usually not correcting grammar or changing Suzuki's word choice. Lectures which have been edited for books and Wind Bells are indicated with a WB link to the Wind Bell which it's in. Also indicated are those in the Nothing Special Selection* of lectures suggested by some who worked with them a decade and a half ago. Two lectures with no other surviving versions are from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - 66-00-00-AE and BE.  Details about transcript history are indicated following the text of each.

All-in-one Transcripts - All Shunryu Suzuki transcripts in one file - over 2000 single-spaced pages. These transcripts are from the default selection on which prefers the verbatim or closest to verbatim versions available.

Letters - Letters and cards in Suzuki's hand and typed. Many are also transcribed for easier reading.

Calligraphy - All the examples of Suzuki's calligraphy from the Cuke Archives with a section for some other graphics including the old Heart Sutra chant cards with kanji.

Publications starts off with links to the content of some relevant bound material not commercially available such as the SFZC Wind Bells and The Way of Eiheiji booklet that came with the two record set plus the audio from those recordings - followed by  a column of covers of published books by and about Shunryu Suzuki, by students and friends, and some Buddhist books popular with us during his lifetime.

Videos - from five films which included Shunryu Suzuki and his temples presented in whole and parts plus some recent additions. All this video can also be found at Youtube Cuke Video.

Photos - 408 from the SFZC Shunryu Suzuki photo archive, some other collections, and hundreds of stills from the films which have been sharpened to improve appearance.

Contents - list of these major sections plus sub-pages and brief descriptions.


Searching - The All-in-one Transcripts file is useful for searching. has two methods of searching transcripts which are only presented there as individual files. with its plethora of oral and written history has a site search box near the top of the Home and What's New (Blogger) pages - write the name of someone or something mentioned herein and see what comes up. Use the main search form on to find all the versions of the text and audio related to any particular entry.

This offline archive for download prepared with Peter Ford who manages The December 2016 version is an upgrade and expansion of the July 2016 1st edition which was hastily put on 100 thumb drives and given to Dharma Sangha members at their Johanneshof retreat in Germany after two weeks preparation. It would be best if this superior version replaced that one.

To download the latest version of the simplified selection of the Shunryu Suzuki Digital Archive, please send an email to with the subject "Request archive" and we'll send an invite to share it from Dropbox and/or Google Drive - with directions. Google Drive will automatically separate the download into 6 ZIP files or you can download individual folders.  Steady strong signal best because it fails easily. The Dropbox download has six zip files and doesn't fail if the connection speed drops or cuts off at times and can be paused.

Feel free to send in comments, suggestions, requests, and please inform us about any glitches or problems.


David Chadwick
January 5, 2017

Cuke Archives - the oral/written history and more (since 1998) - the most complete accessible archive of transcripts, audio, video and photos (2009) - on the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (2010)
cuke-new-blogger - daily posts (except Sunday) -'s What's New (2015)
Facebook-CukeArchives (2015)
Youtube-CukeVideo (2015) - Non Zense, includes links to other DC sites (2013)

"We're all bozos on this bus." - Firesign Theater



Tassajara creek photo by Morley Baer (from the 1967 Zen in America fundraising brochure found in Early papers and print)

The Lectures section on has a number of lectures posted before was launched in May of 2009, work on transcribing problem audio, and some special selections and projects. The Shunryu Suzuki Index there links to interviews, stories, and much more.

* The 214 audio files that begin with SR and end with -R were digitized from the master reel to reel archival tapes and had the noise expertly reduced and voice enhanced at Charlie Wilson's Sonic Zen Studio in Berkeley in 2014. Those with -o after the -R have been speed adjusted by Peter Ford. The other fifty-nine (with missing reel to reel tapes) are from the 2008 digitizing at a studio in San Francisco off the special archival cassettes with subsequent work done by DC and Peter Ford.

* The 2006 Nothing Special selection of 41 lecture PDFs with 40 audio CDs done by Jean Selkirk and Celeste West was the first digitizing of Shunryu Suzuki lectures. See Shunryu Suzuki Digital Archive March, 2009 Guide.

In the last dozen years we've added 97 entries to the 2004 digital transcript archive of 313 so now there are 410. Hundreds of corrections, additions, and changes have been made this year alone. A great deal of work has also gone into improving the quality, extent, and presentation of the audio, video, and photos. Efforts continue to improve the completeness, accuracy, quality, and accessibility of the archive, expanding on the efforts of many others going back almost sixty years. See A Brief History of Archiving Shunryu Suzuki's Legacy.

* Chants from the beginning and end of lectures, if they are complete, and other non lecture audio from the original tapes are on the page for Other Audio. The page for text and audio of chants and related recordings is recent, extensive, and high quality.

SFZC = San Francisco Zen Center

 Shunryu Suzuki Dharma Talks are  licensed by the SFZC under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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