Marian (Derby, Mountain) Wisberg (rip)
Haiku Zendo cuke page
9-02-16 - Two cards sent to DC from Marian in 1994 and 2010.
Click on thumbnail to check out this photo of her with Shunryu Suzuki at her home in Los Altos in 1964. It's SRC0007 in the photo archive on shunryusuzuki.com with the following note: At or near her Los Altos Hills home which became the Haiku Zendo. Identified by Jerry Halpern who also noted, "Marian did have a Samoyod type dog like the one pictured."
10-25-14 - Cindy Derby is Marian Derby's granddaughter, an artist and puppeteer. Here's her site, Cindy Derby dot com. And here's a page on it for something I didn't know about Marian - Marian Derby's puppet days.
10-26-14 - Another photo of Marian Derby Wisberg doing her Punch and Judy puppet show 1954 in San Francisco.
Marian contributed to Ananda Claude Dalenberg's Cloud Hidden Friends and other newsletters. Someday maybe have an index to link to specific ones. There's one in Alan Watts commemorative Issue #29 that is referred to here. Searching for "marian" on cuke's site search on the Home or What's New page will reveal many pages Marian.
Marian wrote that she'd send me a copy of the book when it was finished but I didn't get what she sent to a few people. Trying to get a copy of it. - DC
9-30-14 - Long letter from Marian Derby Wisberg to DC date August 5, 2008.
Massive correspondence between Fran and Marian is now in the cuke archives - too much to process and post though someone else can do it later. - DC
6-05-13 - Three documents from Marian Derby Wisberg sent us seven years ago.
* a letter on
the Los Altos Suzuki lecture tapes
8-02-14 - Marian Derby letter to DC explaining what she thinks the source of the box of Shunryu Suzuki Los Altos Lecture transcripts with editing marks that ended up in the SFZC library closet - all of which now are in lecture archive on shunryusuzuki.com. - - in Group I of 2013 Scans from Cuke Archives
Posting on the cuke lecture and quote page and The earliest apparently verbatim lectures from Los Altos pages. Tons of posts and info sort of confusing needs to be reorganized especially in light of what is known now. Also need to do corrections of info in Crooked Cucumber and even the more recent Afterward to the 40th edition of ZMBM.
ZMBM page which has a useful chart and links to source lectures
10-18-14 - Christmas card from Marian Derby and Jack Wisberg - undated but I'd say ten years ago or so - the lack of scan of the other side makes me wonder if it was blank. - dc
8-16-14 - Have been corresponding with Joel Weishaus about Marian Derby Wisberg whom he met at Tassajara in 1969. - DC
6-04-13 - Here's another photo with Marian in it [the top one] but you can't see her face.
6-03-13 - Here's the only photo I've found so far of Marian Derby Wisberg (Mountain) who recently passed on. It's from the archive of photos in Shunryu Suzuki dot com. She's the third from the right on the 2nd row. Could have missed some others with her. Will look further. Will find more. Much work to do on photos and naming. - dc
Here's another photo with Marian in it but you can't see her face. She's second from the left.
Didn't get it at first because I'd spelled Marian's name as "Marion." Spent a half hour fixing other places where I'd done that. Now even more mentions of Marian will come up if one does a site search - though it may take a few days for the search engines to have those corrections. - dc
6-01-13 - After uploading today's posts, will look through the archive of photos in Shunryu Suzuki dot com for some with Marian Derby Wisberg (Mountain) who passed away at 90 on May 15t, Marian's cuke page.
5-31-13 - We just learned that Marian Derby (Mountain) Wisberg died on May 15th. - Thanks to Blanche Hartman for calling me yesterday and passing on this news she'd received from Fran Thompson.
We knew her as Marian Derby. She was the spirited, energetic, trailblazing student of Shunryu Suzuki who founded the Haiku Zendo in Los Altos and first recorded Suzuki's lectures - for a book that became Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. In the early seventies she married Jack Wisberg in Big Sur where they first lived - and took his name. She is known to many as Marian Mountain the pen name she used for her book, The Zen Environment: the Impact of Zen Meditation.
Marian letter to DC on location of ZMBM tapes - Zen Mind Beginner's Mind lecture tapes all but 2 still missing
Marian Wisberg (Derby, Mountain) letter to DC - 97-05-09
Marian Report on Peninsula Branch of SFZC - undated - circa 1970
The Zen Environment: the Impact of Zen Meditation. (We have William Morrow, 1982 and Bantam Books, 1983). Amazon link
Download The Zen Environment: The Impact of Zen Meditation
1-21-16 - A fan of Marian's sent this PDF of an excerpt on Beggar's Mind from her book, the Zen Environment.
Beginner's Mind - Marian's original manuscript
Haiku Zendo Chronicles - this is the zendo that Marian founded in her garage in Los Altos, CA. It was where the Beginner's Mind lectures were given.
More will be added later today and tomorrow.
Marion Derby Wisberg died in the early morning hours of May 15. She was 90. Jack (her husband) called me the next day . He said Marion had been fine the day before. That she had low blood pressure and went about her day as usual. They went to bed (twin beds) and in the morning Marion was sprawled on the bed with her eyes open , stone cold. Good way to go. I told Jack I'd notify Zen Center and he asked me to wait until he'd talked with her son and family. Jack gets very suspicious of others and it upsets him to let even a piece of information out of his control. Yesterday I called Marion's family who said of course. Marion and I still kept up a correspondence, although less often as we got older. She called on the phone occasionally and was able to speak clearly . She had not completed her latest book (Snail Zen) but had arranged to put it into someone else's hands to complete. Her ashes will be interred at a cemetery in Los Osos (near Morro Bay) where Jack has a family plot.
Thanks to Steve Meeks for scanning "the best picture I've seen of Marian, at home in the wilderness, on the back of her book jacket circa 1982 or so. The location is likely the Coast Ridge Road climbing up to the ridge leading eventually to Marble Peak." That would be in Big Sure I think. - dc
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