- an archival site on the life and world of Shunryu Suzuki and those who knew him. Home to the Cuke Archives and other stuff from DC. From December 1998.

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Dharma groups in or related to Shunryu Suzuki's lineage

go to links page for links to other Buddhist groups and other stuff.  This page is not complete and lots is outdated and not kept up well.

Also, from the San Francisco Zen Center's Web Site one can find out about  the SFZC's City Center, Green Gulch Farm, and Tassajara.

See Lineage, Teachers and Ancestors

Branching Streams page on SFZC site - a group of centers associated with the SFZC, just some of the groups in Suzuki lineage.

Related Organizations from SFZC site - just six and is one.

Groups related to the SFZC and Shunryu Suzuki's lineage - off the site. Surely needs updating. An older and longer list.

Dharma Sangha web site for Zentatsu Richard Baker's group in America which is centered at Crestone Mt. Zen Center. Zentatsu is Shunryu Suzuki's only dharma heir in America and the only dharma heir who studied with him formally.

Tenryu Paul Rosenblum Zen sitting and study group in San Anselmo, CA - cause it's new and he's in Germany a lot with Dhama Sangha Germany.

Gil Fronsdal's Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City CA - don't know why. He's tight with ZC.

portrait11-26-14 - Akazienzendo in Berlin. The teacher there is Bernd Bender (in the photo) who translated Crooked Cucumber into German. He was at the SFZC for years. - DC

6-30-12 - Nityanjali and the beginnings of a practice center in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage in Tiruvanamalai, Tamil Nadu, India where I was last year. This is a project of Shindo Gita Gayatri who was very helpful to me there last year and with work on the Suzuki archives at the City Center in past years. Gita was ordained as a priest in the SFZC by Paul Haller who is to be involved in this project. - DC

The SZBA mentioned above is the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and has an excellent website.

Marblehead Zen Center in Massachusetts 
Facebook link - on SFZC Sangha blog
The teacher is Myozen Joan Amaral   (who is a sweetiepie)

Achorage Zen Community

Brooklyn Zen Center

The Occidental Laguna Sangha headed by Bruce Fortin meets in Sebastopol, CA, on Sunday mornings. Go to their site for details.

Berkeley Zen Center - abbot Mel Weitsman, has a good, though incomplete links section. Maybe it hasn't been updated in a while.(8-09)

The following are on the SFZC links list and have just been added here haphazardly at times they were referred to in this site. I need to do a more complete list with photos and all or just link to the SFZC list maybe. - DC

Sonoma Mt. Zen Center - led by Jakusho Bill Kwong.

Kannon Do in Mountain View - led by Les Kaye.

Larkspur Zen Group

One Pine Hall - Robby Pellet is a dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki's son, Hoitsu, and is the teacher at this zendo in Seattle.

Lew Richmond's Mill Valley Vimila Sangha

Steve Stucky's Dharma Eye in San Rafael

Hartford Street Zen Center

Taigen Dan Leighton's Ancient Dragon Zen Gate - Soto Zen in Chicago

Mountain Source Sangha

Taigen's Chicago group, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate

Goat in the Road - Teacher, Yvonne Rand, a close disciple of Shunryu Suzuki and dharma heir of Dainin Katagiri, teaches out of her temple/home in Philo CA

Eihei Peter Levitt is a lay entrusted teacher (from Norman Fischer) in the Salt Spring Zen Circle, Salt Spring Island, BC.  Contact is and/or [two-five-zero-537-9567].

10-27-11 - Two new sanghas for the links to dharma groups in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage

Layla SmithLayla Smith (Gyokujun Teishin) is the teacher at the Mountain Root Sangha in Corte Madera, CA as she is for the Montana Zen Meditation Center.





StevenSteve Weintraub is the teacher for the Presidio Hill Zen Group which meets on Thursday evenings, 7 - 8:30 pm at St. John's Presbyterian Chuch at Lake & Arguello in San Francisco. Their website will be

eyes of compassion zen center
715 jefferson street
salinas, ca 93905 

Back Porch Zendo at the Sawyers in Occidental, CA

Zoketsu Norman Fischer and the Everyday Zen Foundation with links to pages on his books of poetry and Zen and more.

website for Reb Anderson,  Tenshin Roshi

Edward Brown's

Peter and Jane Schneider are now teaching at the Beginner's Mind Zen Center in Northridge, Los Angeles.

Two centers of Zentatsu Baker Roshi's (Suzuki Roshi's only direct dharma heir in the West). It's really weird that the SFZC doesn't mention Zentatsu's group in it's list of related groups and teachers - echoes of a family feud. Correct me if I'm wrong:

Crestone Mountain Zen Center 
Box 130 
Crestone CO 81131
Tel.: 719-256-4692
Fax: 719-256-4691

See this link about spiritual centers in Crestone.

 (Baker Roshi's residential center in the Black Forrest of Germany)

Buddhistisches Studienzentrum im Johanneshof 
Quellenweg 4 D-79737 
Herrischried Germany 
Tel.: 49-7764-226 
Fax: 49-7764-6614

And check out Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi's Dharma Sangha Europe site (in German) at 

Valley Streams Zen Sangha - Sacramento - [nine-one-six-456-7752] - email is


Mansfield Zen Sangha in Ohio

Website for Black Mountain Zen Centre in Belfast Ireland. Starts off with a Buddhist bang so to speak. The teacher is Paul Haller, co-abbot of the SFZC.


No More

Dave Haselwood's Empty Bowl Sangha in Cotati, CA meets on Thursday evenings at 7pm at 8922 Poplar
Before Dave's death this group's sitting was move to join with Jisho Carey Warner's Stone Creek Zendo in Graton, CA.

6-27-12 - Suzuki student now ordained Tim Buckley's Great River Zendo in West Bath, Maine. Here's their listing on the SZBA site. Here's their Facebook link.  ---------- Tim Buckley's cuke page.

Tim has passed on and so has this group. - all the transcripts, audio, video, photo, letters, calligraphy
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