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Eric Arnow has his own web site now. For years I've been putting his
letters from Asia here. From now on they'll go on his site, the
Bumble Buddhist which
also now has all the previous ones from cuke and photos more. - dc
Eric about Suzuki and his SFZC history (includes this letter)
Since Eric mentioned Suzuki Roshi in the last
letter of 4-17-07, I asked him what
he remember of Suzuki and those days. - DC
4-18-07 On Shunryu Suzuki
I haven't written in quite a while. This was the first retreat time I had
done in about a year and I kind of "blame Achaan, because I kept waiting
for him, not realizing that he was deliberately putting me off. "Testing"
or just being a jerk?
I came to ZC in March 1971. god that is a long time ago, no?
I heard few of his lectures and sat my first couple sesshins with Suzuki
Roshi and Katagiri. Had dokusan with Katagiri. I was sitting there at 8:30
at night, wiggling in pain, when Suzuki Roshi said, "someday you may be
dying of cancer and there will be nothing you can do. DON"T MOVE!"
Little did I know. But I remember him talking about "things as it is"
deliberately mixing plural and singular, and this teacher does too. That
is the main similarity.
I never actually engaged him, but was rather intimidated and awed so never
spoke with him. but I gather he gave out a lot of Metta (loving kindness).
This guy is obviously more severe. I have to say I don't really like him.
But he does have a following, maybe among the masochist school of
Buddhism, of which I was a strong adherent at one time, as you probably