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Rick Levine

10-11-13 - What do you do in this Brief Time? - a1989 interview with Rick Levine by David Schneider


11-03-13 - 1990 article co-authored by Rick Levine and Steven Lane on caring for HIV homeless


9-09-13 - Emminent Buddhist scholar Dr. Edward Conze  MP3-48k audio sent by his student Rick Levine

1-07-14 - These audio files replaced with noise reduced MP3-320k versions worked with by Charlie Wilson. Much bigger files - up to 90mgs. - dc

Conze part one - - -
Conze part two - - -
Conze part three - -
Conze part four

All these audio files could use some sound work.

Conze on Wikipedia

Thanks to Rick for scanning an excerpt on his SFZC memories from Edward Conze's autobiography

Edward Conze was an eminent Buddhist scholar who focused on Prajna Paramita scholarship and translation. We were most fortunate to have his occasional presence at the City Center and to be able to audit his courses at UC Berkeley. At the first practice period of Tassjara we studied Dr. Conze's translation of the Heart and Diamond sutras. Deep apologies to him and his publisher for having made photocopies to hand out to all 80 students. - dc


9-05-13 Rick Levine with Charles Leong (audio) MP3-24k (7.5 Mgs) - MP3-48k (15 Mgs) -  Once Leong starts talking about fishing he doesn't change the subject till the end. In the last few seconds his voice speeds up humorously beyond comprehension due to battery death at time of recording.

Rick sent me this tape to digitize partially so David Schneider could listen to it as David went to Reed College and is working on a bio of Philip Whalen, another Reedite. I looked into who Leong was and found this:  Gary Snyder learned calligraphy from an older Reed friend, Charles Leong, a Chinese American who served in World War II. 

Rick writes: Chas. was a GI Bill reed student friend of Phil/Gary/Lew, early 50's. Gary wrote "to the Chinese comrades", poem, mentioning chas. He was native Chinese, my unofficial mentor at Reed. Lew Welch wrote about him as well. I'm astonished at how "legible" the audio file is--I listened all the way through and pretty much decipher every word. The discussion took place roughly August of 1979 at Charley's home in Portland OR--that makes it 34 years ago on an old cassette.

Anecdote from Zen Is Right Here (formerly To Shine One Corner of the World)

PDF of Rick's not of that memory of Shunryu Suzuki

Rick in Shine Outtakes

Once in a lecture Suzuki Roshi said, "There is double difficulty for new students. Older students should help new students, make practice easier for beginners. There is also double difficulty for older students."

Once when Suzuki was quite sick and being helped to a bed, he said, "Now I can be a little child, I don't have to be a Zen Master."

Rick on Crooked Cucumber with errata suggestions - transcription from 11-09-99

Just the errata from the Levine letter

PDF of the letter itself

Rick on Shoes Outside the Door - a letter to the author, Michael Downing

Excerpt from an email from Rick Levine on the Crews review of Shoes Outside the Door in NY Review of Books

"A lot of people came from Reed Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Rick Levine." - from cuke interview with Dwight Brown - oh that's me, DC, saying that to Dwight. Oh well.

The cuke interview with Brit Pyland was conducted at Rick's house and he's in there in a few places. Thanks Rick. - dc

6/14/04 - From Two Jobs for a Monk - Dr. Rick Levine adds that he remembers a lecture given by Richard Baker at the SFZC wherein he said that Gary Snyder had gone to his teacher, Oda Sesso, and said that he was involved with work like environmentalism and what did Sesso think of that and that Sesso replied that there are two jobs for a monk - sitting zazen and sweeping the temple.

3-26-05 - Recently I got an email from Rick Levine which referred to Brian Victoria's "hugely important" Zen War Stories. - from the Brian Victoria page

An interesting note referring to Victoria and more from Rick at the top of this page of DC Misc

 


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