Answer to the 1st CROOKED CUCUMBER CONTEST!
What is happening on the cover of this book? What is Suzuki-roshi looking at?
Sorry--Nobody guessed it. How could they have?
And the answer is:
He's looking at a human being, a dancer. On the left side of the cover is a column in the courtyard of the San Francisco Zen Center's City Center. The form to the right of that column and to the left of Suzuki's head that appears to be a building, a tower, or minaret, is that dancer.
1st I talked to Pat McFarlin, the photographer who shot this photo, to check on the details of the answer. I'd thought it was an Indian dancer, from India, but he said no, it was a contemporary dancer doing some sort of modern dance. She had her hands over her head and is way out of focus which helped to give her image the look of minaret. We figured it was taken some time in 1970.--DC
April 2017 - Now I realize that I was wrong again. It's true he was looking at a dancer as Pat told me - or waiting to look at the dancer, but that's not the dancer beyond the window outside. It's part of a building as it looks like. Here's how I realized I'd been wrong all these years. And here's the photo before that in the SR photo archive, the one used for the cover. - dc