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Obituaries for Rick


Rick Fields  memorial on 8/1 was a touching series of testimonials and memories and an outpouring of love. Several hundred people attended the ceremony at Spirit Rock. I had to leave before it was over but I heard over two hours of  warm tributes and funny and sad stories from his widow, Marcia Cohen, Bernie sGlassman, Peter Warshall, and others. I will try to put a better description of the funeral/celebration of his life by someone else here.--DC

7/31/99--A reminder: the memorial for Rick Fields (who died on June 6) will be at Spirit Rock in Marin County CA on Sunday August 1 at 2:00 PM. Parking is limited and people are asked to carpool.

6\7\99--Today was the last day of Rick's life. He died at noon, at home, in bed, in the arms of his wife. He got to write the last page before the doctors and hospitals and machines could have a go; he never did like to be edited... They're following Tibetan protocol for the next three days he'll be undisturbed there at home and then cremation; no plans yet for a memorial, but soon. Say a prayer. Best, Tano--Gaetano Kazuo Maida, Berkeley, of Legacy

[Goodbye to Rick Fields--dear friend, wonderful Buddhist writer, and a terrific guy, loved by all, who outlasted for years his doctors' predications of how long he had to live. Truly an inspiring person. Love and light to you Rick. Gyate gyate paragate, parasamgate bodhi svaha!--DC]

[There will be more here later on some of Rick's humerous and historical writings and memories of Suzuki-roshi.--DC]


In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick's name are suggested to be sent to:

Okizu Foundation (a camp for children with cancer) 8 Digital Drive #102 Novato, CA 94949 415.382.9083


Tano says that Rick's widow Marcia's current target date for a memorial is Sunday, August 1, somewhere in the Bay area. A venue should be confirmed in the next 10 days.


Regarding the many inquiries about Rick's most recent book, "Fuck You,
Cancer & Other Poems," please note and share the following information:

Retail Price: $10 ($11 postpaid), available from

Crooked Cloud Projects
PMB 154
862 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960-1914

Make checks payable to Crooked Cloud Projects.Bookstore orders welcome,
please inquire via email to:


[I wrote to Tano Maida and asked if he noticed how the NY Times obit on Rick deftly avoided using the title of his latest book. He answered:]

Ah, yes, we tried very hard to convince them to go with the title, even with ** signs to spare them the full word, but they wouldn't mention it.


Thanks to Tano Maida of Legacy Media for all the material on Rick Fields.

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