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Crooked Cucumber is the biography of Shogaku Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Soto Zen master, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, founded San Francisco Zen Center & Buddhist monastery Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center.

Shunryu Suzuki (not to be confused with the great monk and scholar D.T. Suzuki) came to America in 1959 to minister to a small Japanese-American congregation at Sokoji, Soto Zen Mission, on Bush Street in San Francisco.

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"Chadwick's biography provides a generous glimpse of the humanity and message of one of the great spiritual teachers of the modern world."   
-Publisher's Weekly

Artists, school teachers, poets, and students of Asian culture and thought began to practice zazen, Zen meditation, with Shunryu Suzuki early in the morning.  Crooked Cucumber tells the story of his life and the development of his teaching and the San Francisco Zen center. It includes many previously unpublished excerpts from his lectures, lots of great teaching stories, and a unique, unromantic look at a Zen master's whole life.

Q&A on the Writing of Crooked Cucumber - 11-28-06

Thanks to Gregory Wonderwheel for scanning the back cover of the book back in 2000 and sending it in to replace the poorly done one that was here before. I was embarrassed to tell you I lost your scan. Just got around to replacing it. - DC, 6-19-13

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Issho Fujita suggested Crooked Cucumber to the publisher he works with but was told it's too long. A number of people have tried and failed to get it published. Fujita pointed out that Hoitsu Suzuki said it had been translated. I said yes, by an old student of Suzuki's who'd been asked by the family not to publish it after everyone who looked at the translation including Kaz Tanahashi and translator Shin Yoshifuku said it was not anywhere near publishable quality. It was useful for the family though who were grateful to be able to read it in that translation.

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