Zentatsu Richard Baker

Zentatsu Baker link on Dharma Sangha website
Dharma Sangha Germany

Ancestors and Dharma heirs of Shunryu Suzuki

Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi is a dear friend and teacher of mine who has been completely supportive of cuke archives, work, projects, and me and mine all the way back to before Tassajara at Sokoji. - DC

Born March 30, 1936

Roundabout Zen: Recollections in Celebration of the 70th Birthday of Zentatsu Baker Roshi - a festschrift book published with limited distribution
 - Page for this book   -  PDF of the whole book

February 2021 - Original-mind report

Original Mind - past draft chapters

2-11-17 - Zentatsu Richard Baker in the SFZC Wind Bells - Wind Bell excerpts

               1963 - 1971 - Shunryu abbot
               1972 - 1973 - Zentatsu abbot
               1974 - 1979 - Zentatsu abbot
               1983 - 1987
               1988 - 1998
               1999 - 2012

Zentatsu lectures from the Wind Bell - in one PDF. They're all linked to individually as well from the Richard Baker in Wind Bells links above and here below.

Dharma Talks from Zentatsu on Dharma Sangha site (2023)

Statement of support for Cuke Archives is on the Dana 2020 page

 Richard Baker talks at City Center when Shunryu Suzuki died and other material (pdf)

Shinsanshiki installing Richard Baker as abbot 1971


WB 73, p6 - Comments at Shunryu Suzuki's Ashes Ceremony - PDF

WB 70 Summer, pp17-20 - Lecture at Esalen Institute, October 28, 1969 - PDF

WB 73, P40-44 - Memorial Service Lecture (plus bit from Memorial Service), Dec. 23, 1972 - PDF

WB 74, Alan Watts funeral, P6-11 - PDF
 - April Sesshin lecture, pp34-40 - PDF

 - Awakening the Will Body, P25-31 - PDF

WB 76 - April, Sesshin Lecture, P7-9  - PDF

 - June, Inside Out, P10-17 - PDF

 - 1973 to Sensory Awareness students, P37-39 - PDF

WB 78, P37-39 - Foreground and Background - PDF

Notes on early Richard Baker Wind Bell interview


Richard Baker on his practice with Shunryu Suzuki from an early draft of Original Mind

Richard Baker on Alan Watts - sent to DC spring 2015

DC on Alan Watts with Baker references

Paul Lee Introduces Alan Chadwick to Baker Roshi


Richard Baker's poem for Grahame Petchey read to Grahame shortly before he died, one written after, and what he read at the funeral.

Grahame's page

Lineage of Dharma Heirs (corrected from Wikipedia by Ulrike Greenway)

Zentatsu Richard Baker (born 1936) shiho 1971

1. Tenshin Reb Anderson (born 1943) shiho 83
2. Zenshin Philip Whalen (☸1923—2002) 87
3. Issan Dorsey (☸1933—1990) 88
1. Kijun Steve Allen 90
4. Chikai Harper Leah (born 1946)
5. María del Rocío Hernández Pozo 91
6. Ryuten Paul Rosenblum 99
7. Koyo Dan Welch
1. Shun’E Ulrike Greenway (☸1953) 2019
8. Shosan Gerald Weischede
9. Ikkyo Ottmar Engel
10. Zenki Christian Dillo 13
11. Yoseki David Beck
12. Tatsudo Nicole Baden


So much to add here like Baker in Crooked Cucumber and much more. But you can find it all by searching for "baker" in cuke.com's site search. - dc

7-03-14 - Richard Baker related archival 2013 Scans

Richard Baker figures prominently the in Zen In America KQED film on shunryusuzuki.com where one can see the whole or parts with several hundred stills.

Some photos with Richard Baker on the cuke photo page and from there via links.

Here's a somewhat strange page on Zentatsu at Vipfac.