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John K. Nelson
Professor in department of religion at University of San Francisco
not to be confused with SFZC alum John E. Nelson

USF page for John Nelson

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10-20-14 - Prof. John Nelson of USF report and photos of a major cremation in Bali around this time last year. - posted in Saunters

USF John Nelson eight month Far West Passage Blog - Bali page.

Statement of support for Cuke Archives is on the Dana 2020 page

9-29-14 - Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan


by John K. Nelson

Read about this book here or here


At UCB: The Center for Buddhist Studies Announces the Winners of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize - and Experimental Buddhism is a winner!

He gave a talk recently at the SFZC City Center.

10-21-14 - Click on thumbnail to enlarge.

John Nelson, the USF Buddhism etc prof whose Bali blog was featured yesterday wants to know who that is to the left of Shunyru Suzuki in this photo and also I'd like to know who that is behind him. I keep thinking his name is Larry. The SFZC has used this photo numerous times through the years. It has a number in the Shunryu Suzuki photo archive but can't look for that now due to its rank on the priority list.

Update: the photo is in the archive as SR0120. The caption and notes say:

1969, Shunryu Suzuki with students at Tassajara summer training session. The person to the left is Alberto Balestrieri. The guy behind SR is Larry Whitney. Emma Bragdon behind Whitney.

2010 - John Nelson has for years been an advisor to Cuke Archives and the Shunryu Suzuki Legacy Project which reminds me to ask him for some advice again. - DC

From the Afterword for the 40th (and 50th) Anniversary Edition of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind:

John Nelson, a professor in the department of religion at the University of San Francisco who teaches classes on Zen and Buddhism, writes,

What caught my attention was the combination of person, voice, and perspective. The person looked at me from the back cover as if challenging my assumptions about Zen and reality in general.  His voice on the page had a unique way of expressing key ideas and explaining the commonplace so that it took on new significance. Zen was not restricted to meditation but permeated all dimensions of life and consciousness. To a young man like myself in Kansas who was sorely disillusioned by Vietnam, race and cultural conflicts, and Watergate, the book offered an entirely new perspective on reality and human behavior.

May, 2011 - Did Shunryu Suzuki use koans - a question from one of John's students

Announcement of DC meeting Friday, 11-16-07, with Nelson students at USF

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