Crooked Cucumber Archives
on the life and teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
and those whose paths crossed his
PZI Appeal for Funds
2012 Do-it section with Support Statements - Budget - Contributors - Posts and
and check What We're Doing for more on this
There are hundreds of tasks to do. They are all written down but need to be gathered, organized, and prioritized to be listed here. This is one of the goals.
The main two goals are create as complete and clearly presented collection of Suzuki lectures and other records of his spoken and written word as possible and to present an oral and written history of back then that's as wide, deep, and well presented as possible.
April 2012 appeal for
* Find and make available in the digital and tangible archives significantly more material on Suzuki Roshi and company. This will be accomplished by working through the sizable backlog, seeking out buried lecture tapes and transcripts, extracting his words with new technology from noisy and garbled tapes, conducting more interviews with those whose lives intersected with his - as much as I can before our memories and lives have vanished.
* Overhaul the web presentation now on cuke.com and shunryusuzuki.com, including links to complementary resources such as those on the SFZC and Berkeley ZC sites —for a more useful presentation of and access to interviews, teaching stories, lectures, comments and commentary, photos, audio, and video.
* Create a companion volume to Crooked Cucumber and another book of vignettes to follow Zen Is Right Here.
*Continue to stay in touch with those of Suzuki’s sangha, especially the isolated and lonely.
Ongoing tasks April 3012 - See Contributors for who's doing what.
*Spending tons of time preparing for the fundraising drive and fixing up
cuke.com for it
Another List of Goals
*Daily tasks for the fundraising
5-20-12 - Some thoughts about things to do - inspired by getting the photos from Crooked Cucumber here on cuke yesterday which caused me to realize that today's the 50th anniversary of Suzuki Roshi's Mt. Seat Ceremony to become the abbot of Sokoji in San Francisco and checking it in the Chronology of Suzuki's life. - Posted this about that and then wrote the following:
Want to add a bunch of stuff to that chronology - go through Wind Bells and do it while working on Notes on Crooked Cucumber which isn't really started yet. Plan to add a bunch of photos to the photo section and get names and info on the photos. Looking at the photo of Sokoji thought how neat it would be to get the file on it all entered on cuke - I copied the whole file on that building in the SF Public Library archive room. And then there's all the historical material at Tassajara sitting out on tables behind the office. That should all be well preserved and put on line and organized. The history of the acquisition of the SFZC centers and Greens too should be done. Architect Zach Stewart called me up one day and said that's a story that should be told. But I can't get to much of this. I want to concentrate on the lectures and people's memories of Suzuki and the times and their way-seeking mind stories. But this historical stuff is interesting, keeps containing hidden treasures, and could be a sort of basket to hold the dharma in, could help to fund the preservation of the lectures and people's stories. Maybe I should seek someone to write an NEH grant and other grants to do all this. Not me though. People frequently tell me this work would be perfect for an NEH grant. I spent a month on that a few years ago and saw that it would consume me. If it's such a sure thing then someone with the skills and inclination could write the grant and write their salary into it - and they could work on getting all this done along with our crack team of archivists and specialists. - dc