Kazuaki Tanahashi

Brush Mind - Kaz's web site

On Kaz - from Brush Mind

July 2022 - A Message from Kaz about action on Climate Change

Cuke Podcast with Kazuaki 🔊

Cuke Interview with Kaz

Meeting with an ordinary monk (Kaz story on Shunryu Suzuki)

Kaz in Wikipedia - good bibliography

Kaz on Facebook

July 2022 - exhibition of Kaz's work at National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore, India.

4-minute trailer for Painting Peace: The Art and Life of Kazuaki Tanahashi

Fourth Coast Ensemble presents - Sept 19, 2021 in Chicago - classical music while Kaz did brush mind calligraphy

The composer Andrea Clearfield has composed some of Kazuaki Tanahashi's peace poems to music. It includes libretto by Doreen Rao based on his book Painting Peace: Art in a Time of Global Crisis. The music was performed by the Fourth Coast Ensemble, an extraordinary solo singer with quartet with a piano. After the Overture and in between the singing, Tanahashi created paintings while a shakuhachi flutist and a drummer improvised. This was another offering from Kazuaki Tanahashi whose peace work has been pouring out of him for decades. May his offerings continue long into the future.

 A World Without Armies 8-06-07 report

Kaz and Mayumi Oda also had a project called Plutonium Free Future with an office in Berkeley that was mainly, I think, focused on trying to stop a fast breeder reactor nuclear power plant from opening in Japan and stopping the fuel being sent from France. I donated a little tiny bit of time to their efforts. - dc

50 years of work brings age-old wisdom to West by Don Lattin - more below on this article, the book and 10-2010 event it focuses on.

2019 - No War in North Korea, Kaz and colleagues new site

10-30-10 - 50 years of work brings age-old wisdom to West by Don Lattin, Special to The Chronicle, an article on Kazuaki Tanahashi. The recent publication of Kaz's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo is one focus of this interview/article. Latin writes:

At Tanahashi's side was a freshly published, two-volume, 1,171-page translation of Dogen's masterwork, "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye" - the culmination of his 50-year collaboration with Japanese scholars and some of the Zen Center's best and brightest American teachers. Tanahashi has spent his entire adult life putting together this profound and poetic rendering - the complete works of one of Buddhism's most important teachers.

The publication of this great work is also the focus of the SFZC sponsored Zen Translation Forum called "Lost and Found in Translation" over the weekend of Novemeber 6-7.

2-8-12 - Online review by Jesús Ángel García of Kaz Tanahashi's Shobogenzo translation and Dogen Lost and Found in Translation conference (with photos) about the release of the complete collection. Got this link with a request from him for entry to the gate of shunryusuzuki.com so am linking to his article and sending him the username and password as I do to anyone who so requests. - dc

3-27-14 - A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - by Mitsu Suzuki, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer.

Amazon link

SFZC event: A White Tea Bowl: A Book Event Celebrating Mitsu Suzuki Sensei’s 100th Birthday

Kaz did the cover art for Zen Is Right Here.



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Kazuaki Tanahashi answers question about character Shunryu Suzuki used after his name in calligraphy for Beginner's Mind posted yesterday.

(pronounced "sō" meaning "Old Man."

Thanks Kaz - DC


A Message from Kaz about action on Climate Change

At this perilous time, you must be very concerned about the global situation that affects our lives visibly and invisibly. I have been searching for an effective way of working together with friends in different parts of the world to respond to the crisis of climate change. Please take a look at this new campaign to plant trees to restore the Amazon Rainforest at www.inochi-trees.org.

Friends in Brazil searched for a transparent and reputable organization that had been successfully working with indigenous people. You can find the one we have chosen at Amazon Reforest Alliance (ARA). ARA and Inochi, a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California, of which I am the president, have formed a partnership to carry out the Inochi Amazon Rainforest Project. A representative of ARA along with two other Brazilian friends spent a week in March 2022 visiting two indigenous communities that plant seeds and seedlings, and also consulting with people in another tribe. Photos from the trip are on our website.

I believe this is a viable and worthy project. Would you consider joining us by being a benefactor and encouraging others to work together with us?

Here is the alarming background, which you are well aware of: Melting ice at the poles, rising sea levels, rising temperatures, less clouds, less rain, larger and hotter forest fires, more pollution, spices?? are disappearing, less bees, less crops, exploding population, possible starvation for millions, pandemics, wars, threat of nuclear war. The earth is facing devastation. Humans are facing extinction.

Many individuals and organizations are working hard, conserving energy, recycling, and taking other actions. But each of us needs to do more. A single project cannot turn the tide. But if we develop a good prototype, others can replicate the project or initiate other projects with the same principle. Personal commitment, collaboration, and networking are the only ways to respond to the crisis we are facing.

I look forward to working with you!


Love, Kaz

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