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This started with the bibliography as presented in the book (or close to it--it's dated 11/4/1998.) I've moved the publications to the end. In addition to listing my major published sources (and my sources were overwhelmingly unpublished) I included books by writers in Suzuki's lineage and some important relevant books--some unpublished at the time of compiling the bibliography. I will expand the list, including other sources that mention Shunryu Suzuki, texts he lectured on, and background publications. Suggestions welcomed. I just put a bunch of work on this page today (11/25/99) and added lots of subtitles that weren't in the book's bibliography. And I can see some that should be added like Katagiri's books. It'll take time. A number of these books are out of print.--DC Still lots to do. - 4-07
Books by Shunryu Suzuki, sort of - his words. Go to Suzuki book page.
Excerpts from a few books mentioning Suzuki.
Books by Dainin Katagiri - compilations of his lectures
Anderson, Reb. Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts. Rodmell Press, 2000.
Anderson, Reb. Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains:
A Collection of
Talks on Zen Meditation. Rodmell Press, 1999.
Badiner, Allan Hunt (Editor), Alex Grey (Editor). Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics - Huston Smith (Preface) [and I've got a chapter in there, that's why it's in this list - DC], Chronicle Books, 2002. The much longer unedited version of my contribution to this book, Psychoactivism.
Baker, Richard. Original Mind: The Practice of Zen in the West. Riverhead, 2003?. [From Suzuki's American Dharma heir. He's taking his time on this. I had access to the ms. It's mid 2004 now and maybe it will never come out. --DC]
Behr, Edward. Hirohito: Behind the Myth. Villard, 1989.
Brown, Edward Espe. Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings: Recipes and Reflections. Riverhead Books, 1997. [Excellent Suzuki Roshi stories from this Suzuki disciple ordained with me.--DC] Read these stories here.
Chadwick, David. Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki. Broadway books, 1999. 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. [The book this web site was originally built around.] See Crooked Cucumber main page.
Chadwick, David. Thank You and OK!:
an American Zen Failure in Japan, Shambhala, May 2007.
[Some Suzuki Roshi stories,
lots on Katagiri Roshi]
See Zen Is Right Here by Shunryu Suzuki, edited by David Chadwick (formerly To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki).
To Find the Girl from Perth - - a little project I've been doing in my spare time, mainly back in 2005 and 6. There are several parts and one is ready now. The rest soon but it's out of my hands so I can't say for sure. - dc, 11-28-08
Doss, Margot Patterson. San Francisco at Your Feet. Grove Press, 1964. Revised updated editions available. [An old Suzuki friend and advisor who met him in '59.]
Fields, Rick. How the Swans Came to the Lake: a narrative history of Buddhism in America (third edition, revised and updated). Shambhala, 1992. [A great and significant book from a dear departed dharma brother who knew Suzuki and did a terrific job in describing him and his teaching. See a few Suzuki stories from Rick, Interview with Rick Fields, and Rick Fields] Shambhala link.
Fronsdal, Gil-editor. Remembering the Dragon: Recollections of Suzuki Roshi by his Students. Published in 2004 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Includes many photos. . $10 paper. order only from SFZC Bookstore
Fujimoto, Rindo. The Way of Zazen. Cambridge Buddhist Asso. Inc.,
1966. [This was the only book sold at
the old Zen Center for a long time. Hard
Gaskins on cuke -
including more books
Kato, Kozo. Soufuku (Running and Resting). Tomokichisha, 1994. [Memoirs of one of Suzuki's best friends. Will put translation of chapter on Suzuki on the site.]
Kaye, Les. Zen at Work: a Zen
Teacher's 30-Year Journey in Corporate America. Crown, 1996.
- Les Kaye's got another book out
4-13-11 - Les Kaye's got another book out
Kwong, Jakusho. No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen - Shambhala Publications link - Amazon Link
Breath Sweeps Mind [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition] - Amazon link
Only Don't Know - Shambhala Sun link - calligraphy book
Compiled by Tenryu Paul Rosenblum.
Zen: Recollections in Celebration of the 70th
Birthday of Zentatsu Baker Roshi. Crestone Books, 2006.
Leighton, Taigen Dan.
Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva
Archetypes and Their Modern Expression . Revised Edition.
Formerly published as Bodhisattva Archetypes:Classic Buddhist Guides to
Awakening and Their Modern Expression.
Books by Taigen and others he recommends
Matthiessen, Peter. Nine-Headed Dragon
River: Zen Journals 1969 - 1982. Shambhala, 1986.
Mitchell, Elsie. The Lion Dog of Buddhist Asia. Charles E Tuttle Co., 1991. Read a review from a Lion Dog site.
Mitchell, Elsie. Sun Buddhas, Moon
Buddhas: a Zen Quest. Weatherhill, 1973. [Some great stuff on Shunryu Suzuki's visit
to Cambridge. Read the
Mitchell, Elsie and John. The Way of Eiheiji: Zen Buddhist Ceremony - A two record box set put out by Folkways Records in 1960. Now available From the Smithsonian Folkways in a 2-cassette set or a 2-CD set. See ordering information. Read the booklet that came with the record set.
Mountain, Marian. The Zen Environment: the Impact of Zen Meditation. William Morrow, 1982. [Marian ran the Los Altos Zendo where she recorded the Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind lectures. A free spirit. Suzuki and beyond.]
Diana. Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa. Shambhala,
Shambhala link and
Olson, Philip. The Discipline of Freedom: a Kantian View of the Role of Moral Precepts in Zen Practice. SUNY, 1993. [A Suzuki student brings his Eastern and Western studies together.]
Power, Brian. The Puppet Emperor. Universe Books, 1988.
Reischauer, Edwin O. Japan Past and Present (Third Edition). Knopf, 1964.
Richmond, Ivan. Silence
and Noise: Growing Up Zen in America. Atria Books, 2003. See Amazon link.
- Events page from Lew Richmond's web site, mainly readings for his new
book, Aging as a spiritual
1-14-12 - Events page from Lew Richmond's web site, mainly readings for his new book, Aging as a spiritual practice.
Richmond, Lew. Work as a Spiritual Practice: a Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job. Broadway Books, 1999. [A Suzuki disciple, ordained with me, gives practical, down to earth Buddhist advice.]
_________.A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually. Atria Books, February 24, 2004. See Amazon.com.
_________.Zen Basics. Available only by mail order. See
Ross, Nancy Wilson. Buddhism: a Way of Life and Thought. Knopf, 1980.
Schneider, David. Street Zen: the Life and Work of Issan Dorsey. Marlow and Company, (2nd Edition, June 2000) originally Shambhala, 1993. Here's the Amazon.com link.
Sher, Gail. The Moon of the Swaying Buds: A Spiritual Autobiography. Edgework Books, Feb., 2002. Amazon link - It's a book of poetry which focuses on her experiences at Tassajara and with Shunryu Suzuki, ending with her leaving Zen Center. See Gail Sher's web site's books page. She's written a bunch of them.
Storlie, Erik. Nothing on My Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters, and Life on the Dharma Trail. Shambhala, 1997. [A good picture of the sixties Zen Center, Suzuki, Katagiri, and students.] Eric Storlie link page
Storry, Richard. A History of Modern Japan. Penguin, 1960.
Suzuki, Mitsu, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Gregory
A. Wood (translators). Temple Dusk: Zen Haiku. Parallax Press, 1992. [Shunryu Suzuki's wife's poetry]
Books by and about Shunryu Suzuki
Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice. Weatherhill, 1970. Now published by Shambhala Publications. Here's the Shambhala link to it. [The famous first book of Suzuki's lectures. On the cover it says: Informal talks on Zen meditation and practice.] ---- Click here for excerpt on SFZC web site. Amazon link | Read the original Beginner's Mind lecture
Zen Is Right Here,
Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind,
Shunryu. Branching Steams Flow in the Darkness:
the Sandokai. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1999. [The second book of Suzuki's
lectures.] For more info go to this link
Dogen's Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries by Eihei Dogen, Nishiari Bokusan, Shohaku Okamura and Shunryu Suzuki (Aug 1, 2011) Published by Counterpoint.
Tipton, Steve. Getting Saved from the Sixties. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1982. [A Suzuki student sociologist takes a thorough and informative look at Suzuki students, EST, and a fundamentalist Christian Church.] Amazon link.
See more on Steve Tipton's books books here.
Trungpa, Chogyam. Born in Tibet (third edition). Shambhala, 1985. [Hard to get classic.] Click here for excerpt
Trungpa, Chogyam, The Teacup and the Skullcup: Chögyam Trungpa on Zen and Tantra, Vajradhatu Publications, 2007.
See letter from co-editor, David Schneider.
Uchiyama, Kosho. The Zen Teaching of "Homeless" Kodo, Kyoto Soto Zen Center, 1990.
Ambivalent Zen : One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path by Lawrence Shainberg
[Read it and weep. An eye-opening expose of Zen gone crazy.] Go to Victoria Page for more on this book.
Victoria, Brian. Zen War Stories, Routledge/Curzon, February 1, 2003. Go to Victoria Page for more info and cover.
Wenger, Michael. Thirty-three Fingers: a Collection of Modern American Koans. Clear Glass, 1994. [Small, fun, refreshing--by a priest in Suzuki's lineage, dean of the studies center at SFZC.] ---- Click here for excerpt on SFZC web site.
Wenger, Michael & Erlich, Gretel (Editors) Wind Bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center - 1968-2001 (web link) North Atlantic Books, 2001. [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.
Wind Bell (publication of the San Francisco Zen Center), 1961-. [Bi-annual publication of the SFZC. To subscribe or for back issues, write Zen Center, 300 Page St., San Francisco CA 94102--$3 per issue; $6 a year domestic; $10 a year foreign]
Articles and Papers
pertaining to Shunryu Suzuki, the Zen
Center, Crooked Cucumber, or something relevant.
Barry, Ernie. "The Way of the Gateless Gate." Berkeley Barb, September 29, 1967. [An article about Tassajara on opening week.]
Jeschke, Matthew Paul. "The Interpretation of Zen in the West." Thesis, Division of Philosophy, Religion, and Psychology, Reed College, May 1995.
Kawashiri, Rumi. "Sokoji and Zen Center." Unpublished paper, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, June 6, 1969.
Kozuki, Shigeo. "Kokoro no Furusato" (Hometown of the Heart), Nikkei, Tokyo, 1994. [A eulogy to Shunryu Suzuki from one of his wartime students.]
Lahey, Denis Myo. "Climbing the Mountain Seat," a paper for the Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1972. [A description of Suzuki's final, emotional public appearance. Reprinted in the Wind Bell.]
Trungpa, Chogyam. "Suzuki-roshi: A recollection of Buddha, Dharma, Sangha." Garuda.. Tail of the Tiger and Karma Dzong Communities, Spring 1972.
Wise, David Thomas. "Dharma West: A Social-Psychological Inquiry into Zen in San Francisco." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, September 1971.
Other Books by friends of cuke.com, Suzuki students, and/or folks we admire or stuff that was relevant or not:
Books by Bill Porter (Red Pine) - and links to interviews and articles.
Books by Dainin Katagiri - compilations of his lectures
12-11-10 - The Bodhisattva's Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism's Front Lines? by Alan Senauke, vice abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center - • To order a signed copy or copies from the Clear View website, go to Clear View Press
11-23-10 - Three short books, collections of Taisan Sheridan's poetry:
* Walking Zen Mountain: Poems for Awakening
* Snow Falling in Moonlight: Odes in Praise of Dogen's Shobogenzo
* Rice Eyes: Enlightenment in Dogen's Kitchen
Check 'em out at Zen Lamp Books - ancient wisdom in modern verse
11-20-10 - Umbrella Man, the book of tributes to Mel Weitsman written by his dharma heirs on Mel’s 80th birthday.
Buy Umbrella Man through the SFZC bookstore
10-30-10 - 50 years of work brings age-old wisdom to West by Don Lattin, Special to The Chronicle, an article on Kazuaki Tanahashi. The recent publication of Kaz's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo is one focus of this interview/article.
10-04-10 - Check out these books:
Fil Lewitt's The Zen Follies, is available only on Amazon.com (that's the book's link). The following places and persons are among the ones mentioned or discussed in The Zen Follies: Tassajara Monastery, San Francisco Zen Center, Big River Farm Sangha, Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto; Fil Lewitt (myself), Katagiri Dainin-roshi, Suzuki Shunryu-roshi, Tatsugami-roshi, Tommy Dorsey-roshi, Ikkyu-roshi, Kobori Nanrei-sensei, Chogyam Trungpa-rinpoche, Dick Baker, Reb Anderson, Bob Walter, Alan Rabold, Jack Elias, David Chadwick, Ed Brown, Dan Welch, Daisy Hellman Paradis, Linda Crawford, Gary Snyder, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Harold Brayton, and others. - That's from Fil's message about the book. Read the whole message.
ZEN MONSTER LAUNCHES 3RD ISSUE
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9-18-10 - Crowded by Beauty; A Biography of Poet and Zen Teacher Philip Whalen, by David Schneider, forthcoming from University of California Press. You can download a chapter at On http://www.coyotesjournal.com/.
4-28-10 - Grace Schireson on KPFA talking about Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters and Suzuki Roshi and more - thanks Howie
4-21-10 - Decomposition: Fungi-Inspired Poems
a new book by Kelly Chadwick and Renée Roehl
Read about it, get the vital info on like how to get it and see a nifty photo of K & R
4-09-10 - Check out Jhanas Advice dot com and the book Practicing the Jhanas by Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder who has helped DC in the past with Shunryu Suzuki archiving.
11-11-08 - Wisdom Books - Elequent Silence - Nyogen Senzaki - that's the English site but you'll get the idea if you're somewhere else.
Fil Lewit on cuke, links, more books.
3-08-08 - Gardening at the Dragon's Gate by Wendy Johnson. This new SFZC book is doing very well on Amazon.com. Bantam's link. SFZC link with upcoming events. Wendy has been on it for something like ten years. It's beautiful, worth the wait. Order from SFZC Bookstore. - featured in the NY Times - SF Chron review by Don Lattin
5-01-08 - 5-01-08 - Steve Tipton has a new book out: Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life. - See more on this book and Steve Tipton here.
Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time By
by Stephan Bodian - his website
featuring a blurb by dc:
Remove the Seeker, Remove the Sought - article herein by Bodian on Zen Advaita - with a bit of bio.
Bay, Jane - Love and Loss: a Story about Live, Death, and Rebirth and Precious Jewels of Tibet: a Journey to the Roof of the World. Clear Light Press - See Jane Bay's web site for more.
Bittner, Mark The
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Harmony Books, Jan. 2004
Downing, Michael (Amazon link) Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center Counterpoint Press; ISBN: 1582431132; (October 16, 2001) Comments on this book in cuke.com - and related matter.
Deep Fool by BS Eisenberg, Hara Publishing, 2001. Shocking, disturbing, deeply personal account by a Suzuki student. If you hit the link on the name of the book you can go to my comments on Amazon.com. More comments on this book to come on cuke.com It's an important story that revolves around a rape at Tassajara and how none of us, including Suzuki, responded to it well enough or thoughtfully enough to say the least. - DC.
Elias, Jack (Amazon Link) Finding True Magic. See Jack's interview on this site with a link there to his interview on the Chronicle Project site for students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Go to Jack's site, also called Finding True Magic.
Ferguson, Andy. Zen's Chinese Heritage, Wisdom Publications
Opening to You: Zen Inspired Translation of the Psalms by Norman Fischer, Penguin Putnam 2002. Check out Zokestu Norman Fischer's Everyday Zen Foundation. Don't miss the page on books which includes not only a few suggested core Zen books but Norman's books of poetry, Buddhism, Judaism, and working with youth. Don't miss the poetry and teachings links. Go to Books by Norman Fischer on cuke for more.
- Gary Gach has just launched a new book, 185 brief poems by
Ko Un called Flowers of a Moment.
Gary is one of three translators of the poetry in this book. The inaugural
reading (app. 20 minutes) at Moe's Books is
Here's the book's
web page and here's the
Here's the email from Gary.
Here's Gary's web site.
Goldberg, Natalie. Two books featuring Dainin Katagiri: The Long Quiet Highway and The Great Failure. See Natalie's website for more books and more on Natalie like her workshops and art.
2-07-06 - Jane Hirshfield has a new book of poetry out named After which just got a great review in the SF Chronicle (2-05). Check her out here - hit Titles (from her page) to see the covers of her NINE books of poetry
Neither Monk nor Layman, Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese Buddhism, Richard M. Jaffe, Princeton University Press 2001.
Jones, Molly White Magic: Vibrational Medicine in Action 144
pages ISBN: 1583485198
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell (contributor), Harmony Books 2002 - Here's a blurb I wrote for it that's on the back of the book. - DC She's got more books than that. Here's her Amazon.com page.
Kyoto Journal (Perspectives on Asia) - an excellent magazine out of Kyoto, once called by Howard Rheingold the best magazine in the world, with a good solid web site that is informative and being upgraded right now - 3/26/04. Back issues to 1987 are available and each one is superb. It's ridiculously non profit for a publication so professionally well done. These guys want to keep it a labor of love and earn money in other ways. If I did it I wouldn't have another job, but I guess that's why it's so good. - DC
Marshall, Dr. George R. From a World of Madness to a World of Sanity: Guides for Action. Check out Dr. Marshall's web site which has lots of info on this book. Here's what he wrote to cuke.com: "My book uses Shambhala as an organizing framework for presenting a discussion of ways to create a Sane World. I reference the high esteem Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Training had for Suzuki Roshi."Nisker, Wes. Buddha's Nature: Evolution As a Practical Guide to Enlightenment. Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1998.
Nisker, Wes. If You Don't Like the News...Go Out and Make Some of Your Own, Ten Speed, 1994.
Nisker, Wes. Crazy Wisdom: New Millennial Edition, Ten Speed, February 1999.
Sakaki, Nanao has three poetry books listed on Amazon.com (his page there including other books he's in) : Let's Eat Stars, Break the Mirror: the Poems of Nanao Sakaki (with illustrations by Gary Snyder)- out of print, and Real Play: Poetry and Drama (Tooth of Times) - out of print. He translated poems by Issa Kobayashi and that book is called Inch by Inch: 45 Poems by Issa (La Alameda). There's a book by Gary Lawless with many contributions from various people on Nanao called Nanao or Never: Nanao Sakaki Walks Earth A. I don't understand the "Earth A" part but the title gave me the idea for the title of this piece. These books are published by Blackberry except the two otherwise noted. See Interview with Nanao Sakaki, godfather of Japanese Hippies.
Me The Rhinoceros
Tarrant, John. The Light Inside the Dark : Zen, Soul, and the Spiritual Life. Perennial, 1999. Amazon link.
Van De Wetering, Janwillem. Afterzen: Experiences of a Zen Student Out on His Ear, Saint Martin's Press, June 1999. Review by DC
Check out Amazon's page on De Wetering's other books on his Zen Experience - The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery and A Glimpse of Nothingness; Experiences in an American Zen Community, and more. He's written a lot. Here's more books, film, info on him on his Wikipedia page.
Brad Warner's Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between Amazon link. You might want to check out Brad's Hardcore Zen Blog. His Doubtboy Homepage. And his Zen Books that don't suck link.
12-06-08 - Brad Warner's ZEN BOOKS THAT DON'T SUCK page.
11-22-09 - Huston Smith's autobiography, Tales of Wonder
By John Blake, CNN - thanks MK
11-20-09 - Am currently reading Red Pine's The Heart Sutra. Great.
9-27-09 - Pseudo Dionysius-The Complete Works - a great book
Here's the core of this seminal Christian mystic's teaching - The Mystical Theology. It's from another translation which I don't like as much as the above one, but it's still good, not long, a sort of Heart Sutra approach or, Via Negativa.
12-21-08 - A reminder for your holiday gift buying: Shambhala has brought John Tarrant's Bring me Rhinoceros back out
Check out Tarrant's books
Paul Discoe, Alexandra Quinn on tour for book 'Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice'
9-12-09 - Suzuki student and dear old friend Tim Buckley has a book out: Thomas Buckley. "Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990," Univ. Calif. P. 2002. Amazon link
Time writes: It might
be interesting to some cuke.com followers who knew Harry Roberts. Harry
appears in the book here and there, sometimes anonymously and sometimes
only inferenentially: it was because of my studies with Harry that I was
able to connect in mutual trust with several traditional elders on the
Klamath River (who all spoke Yurok as a first language). These people and
their testimony really form the heart of the book. Some people might have
been surprised by my becoming Harry's student after Suzuki-roshi's death,
rather than continuing to study with an obviously Buddhist teacher. But I
think that the connections between formal Buddhism and traditional Yurok
thinking and practice, as well as their many differences, are clear (if
unstated) in Standing Ground, as is my debt to Zen practice in my
understanding of Yurok thought and practice.
Tim Buckley link page
7-13-11 - James Ishmael Ford's Monkey Mind Online reminded that yesterday was Henry David Thoreau's birthday and before that there is a penetrating look at Stephen Batchelor's Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist (thanks Dan Kaplan). Also, note to the right, Ford's books:
10-25-11 - Winter Fruit - a book of poetry by Beclee Newcomer Wilson.
11-25-12 - Walking in Beauty: Growing up with the Yurok Indians by Harry Roberts -Tim Buckley helped Harry create this book, wrote the introduction, and wrote the following about the book including how to get it.
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