8/10/02 - to get the SFZC's email newsletter, email them at <email@example.com>.
8/9/02 - An appeal from
Vanja Palmers for support for Kobun Chino's family.
8/6/02 - A message from Tensho David Schneider describing Kobun Chino
and Maya's funeral. Also from David Schneider, a piece from his
journal on Philip Whalen.
8/5/02 - Having returned from Tassajara where I spent ten days
with my eleven year old son, Clay, with great sadness I post here, for
those who don't already know, that Kobun Chino Roshi, our friend and
teacher, drowned with his daughter Maya on July 26 in Switzerland.
As I get more information I will post it on the Kobun Chino
7/18/02 - Interview with Roy
Iwaki, architect, artist, and builder
6/30/02 - More on Philip
Whalen has been added including a report on his cremation ceremony,
when and where the memorial service for him will be, and where to send
donations in his name. There are many links to articles, obits, memories
of Philip, comments, poems, and pictures.
6/26/02 - This morning Philip Whalen died in his bed at the
hospice of Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco.
6/15/02 - Interview with Reuven
Ben Yuhmin, wild man gardener at Tassajara who's been in Taiwan
since the early seventies.
6/11/02 - Suzuki Roshi student Bill Lane has
been reading my books here by Shodo Harada Roshi who was my
teacher and kind patron when I was in Japan and I realized that I'd
never put them on this web site because this is a Shunryu Suzuki
oriented web site but it really has no particular limits and Shodo
Harada Roshi's teaching is as worthy as anything I've got on here. His
books are Morning
Dewdrops of the Mind : Teachings of a Contemporary Zen Master
Path to Bodhidharma : Teachings of Shodo Harada Roshi. Those
links are to Amazon.com (for informational purposes before you buy them
from independent booksellers though I must say I do appreciate Amazon)
but you can also go to http://www.itteki-ji.org/teacher.html
to learn more about Shodo Harada Roshi, his teaching, his sangha, and
his books. I miss him. He's great. Check him out. The reason I keep
writing his full name is that there are so many Harada Roshis in Japan
who teach westerners. It's sort of an anomaly, like if there were five
well known Zen teachers in America named Johnson. - DC
6/6/02 - The new book of Shunryu Suzuki edited lectures, the true
sequel to Zen Mind Beginner's Mind, is out. It's Not
Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen, edited by
Edward Espe Brown.
Roshi Lecture from June 11, 1967
Today all over America people are gathering
and marching and all to support sick people's right to take medicine,
namely, marijuana. I'll be in on the Santa Rosa, California,
demonstration. I want to make a poster that says
Buddhists Against the Drug war
but I probably won't. I also think people
should be able to smoke marijuana for fun like I think they should be
able to do other naughty things like watch TV, eat sugar, drink beer,
and run their own lives. Like it or not, a lot of marijuana consumption
is also for spiritual purposes and so to deny it to them is religious
persecution. Nothing new. - DC
6/5/02 - An interview with Koshin
Ogui, a Jodo Shinshu priest who was close with Suzuki Roshi.
5/31/02 - For those of you who know Della
Goertz, her 90th birthday is coming up on July 11th. She
doesn't want any big to do made for it so Michael Wenger at Zen
Center is putting together an informal book for her which will consist
of people's memories and stories and tributes or whatever. Submissions
should be made to him by July 1. Della was one of Suzuki Roshi's first
students who met him in the first weeks that he was here in America. See
the interview with
Della that's on this side. I'll try to put more on about her in the
coming days. Send to Michael Wenger, SFZC, 300 Page Street, San
Francisco, CA 95472. And don't tell her. Thanks - DC.
There are a number of other new books
out of the SF Zen Center crowd that I should mention. I'll get them in
the bibliography with their covers and more info, but for now I'll just
list them in reverse alphabetical order. But for now I'll just give
them a link to Amazon.com. Independent booksellers, my dear friends,
please excuse me - it's for informational purposes only. I have no
commercial links on this site. - DC
Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
by Allan Hunt
Badiner (Editor), Alex Grey (Editor), Huston Smith (Preface) [and I've
got a chapter in there - DC], Chronicle Books. The much longer unedited
version of my contribution to this book, Psychoactivism.
Dare to stop
the War on Drugs.
Wind Bell: Teachings from the
San Francisco Zen Center - 1968-2001 -- by Michael Wenger
(Editor), Gretel Erlich, North Atlantic Books. [That was an informative
link on it, but here's
the Amazon.com link. A great collection of various articles,
including Suzuki lectures, from old Wind Bells.
to You: Zen Inspired Translation of the Psalms by Norman
Fischer, Penguin Putnam
Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen, Shunryu
Suzuki, edited by Edward Espe Brown. Harper Collins. This is the true
sequel to Zen Mind Beginner's Mind.
Monk nor Layman, Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese
Buddhism, Richard M. Jaffe, Princeton University Press
What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron
Katie, Stephen Mitchell (contributor), Harmony Books - not from
anyone in ZC but some of us are interested in her work.
Lazarus : A Buddhist's Journey from Near Death to New
Life -- by Lewis Richmond, Pocket Books. See my
comments - DC.
Fool by BS Eisenberg, Hara Publishing. Shocking,
Mind: the Practice of Zen in the West by Richard
Baker-roshi, Riverhead Books is listed as being published this month on
Amazon.com, but I understand that it's not ready yet .and may never be
To Shine One Corner of the World:
Moments with Shunryu Suzuki
by students of Shunryu
Suzuki, edited by David Chadwick
144 pages ISBN:
0767906519. [Click thumbnail to
Brief Publisher's Weekly
Flap copy - what's on the
jacket. Introduction to the
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