Couldn't find any board notes from
September 1966 till December 1968. - dc
68-12-19 - They're
discussing the future of the building - none of it pans out. Before the
coming year is up they'll be at Page St. and the Japanese American
congregation will later move to a new building. Talk of developing a
school. Comments on this and more by Suzuki. John Sunier Tassajara movie
mentioned. Sent him a friend request on Facebook. Got no answer.
Bylaws of the San Francisco Zen Center 1968
69-03-31 - Talk about
Abbot Shunryu Suzuki signing Board resolutions or not and talk about Jean
Ross being shuso soon, whether to leave Sokoji or not, Richard Baker in
Japan with Suzuki comments.
Long discussion about whether Suzuki should sign off on board
Discussion of plans for remodeling of Sokoji which have
been dropped and finding new building. Building
committee has not yet met. Suzuki presents some ideas
of Japanese members.
Suzuki wants Jean Ross to be fall shuso. [There was no
shuso the prior spring because he was waiting for her]
Talk about benefit concerts
69-05-07 - Lots of
interesting discussion. Suzuki comes in toward the end.
Talk about priest and lay
2pm - Suzuki present
Talk about new students, Yoshimura, instruction
69-05-07 - Resolutions - one
resolution that didn't happen was to buy a Volkswagen Bus for Tassajara.
What were they thinking of? The road is too steep and grueling for a VW
bus repeated use.
69-05-21 - Talk about housing which will
change in half a year when they move to Page Street.
Listed as novice priests: Mel Weitsman, Dick Baker, Phillip Wilson,
Jean Ross, Claude Dalenberg - in no particular order. Grahame Petchey not
included because he wasn't part of the scene anymore.
Talk about Dick (Richard Baker)
coming back in October for a few months and whether he
should go to the East Coast to do fundraising. Mention of him doing a program at Esalen
Inst.. Nobody knows quite what. Comments by Suzuki. Bylaws talk. Suzuki says he's told the Japanese congregation at Sokoji
he's resigning. Discussions of moving but Claude and
Silas haven't found 300 Page St. yet. Yvonne mentions using the Brooks land at Muir Beach -
no connection to Green Gulch. That's where Charlotte Selver and Charles
Brooks lived. [She left it to Norman Fischer when the
SFZC wouldn't accept it with conditions, one being that
Norman and Kathy live there.] Talk of a
fund so that Suzuki can travel and study as a student. Silas read a letter
from Erica Nimeh about doing that [Never heard of her]. Talk with Suzuki
about tangaryo initiation. Yvonne mentions Nature Conservancy land they
want caretaker for. That's where Bill Lane and __ went and how well they
did impressed Huey Johnson and he's the one who suggested to George
Wheelwright that he turn over Green Gulch to ZC.
Talk about implications of Suzuki resigning. Where to
go. Things to take care of.
next day of 15th board meeting.
Talking about students accepted for practice period.
- "We resolve to buy the building at 300 Page Street."
Mention of Marian Derby giving her house to the ZC [It
was used to help buy building].
Talk of moving from Sokoji. Building committee.
69-09-01 - Mainly talk about the new building,
300 Page St., preparing to move in there, who will do so. Anne Armstrong
wants to come to Tassajara as a student last week of September. OK if she
doesn't do any readings. Anne was a well-known psychic a number of
students including Richard Baker saw. See
Armstrong cuke interview.
New building (Page St) listed as #8 for meeting items.
Budget - cost $317
List of who's moving in or has applied
69-09-09 - and the tenth - almost nothing
69-09-17 - Report on letter from Kobun Chino
to Shunryu Suzuki. Talk about member dues, supportg new priests, about
the new building at Page St. where they haven't moved yet. Suzuki on
sitting in the new building and Sokoji, the temple they'll be moving from.
Suzuki on one day sesshin and oryoki and how many zazen periods to have in
11-1 - at ZMC
69-11-01,2- Long meeting, long notes.
Lots of talk about SFZC students giving talks outside, bringing in more
Japanese priests, outside lecturers and teachers, inviting Katagiri to
stay. Marian Derby and Dick Baker talk about publishing (Zen Mind)
Beginner's Mind book showing no disagreement, getting close to decision.
Baker is in the states for a brief time from Japan where he was living.
ZMBM published the following spring.
discussion extracted to put in ZMBM
section. Much more. Lots from Baker. Suzuki here and there. Getting
ready to move into the Page Street building.
Suzuki, Yoshimura, Baker etc
Requests for people from ZC to teach outside classes
Some more material with the 69 board notes - ZC and
Tass budget, Tass Guest info
1964 - 1965 -