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Crooked Cucumber Archives
on the life and teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
and those whose paths crossed his

Cuke Archive History

What We're Doing and Contributors


Past Letters of Support for the Cuke Archives
(formerly called the Cucumber Project, the Shunryu Suzuki Legacy Project, and more)

I don't want to keep asking people for letters of support. I could get lots more but really, I just want your support and to keep working. - dc

Letters of support from the April 2012 Pacific Zen Institute appeal

Jack Kornfield  -  John Tarrant  -  Michael Katz

Steve Tipton - co-author of Habits of the Heart and other books, Emory U.. prof of Religion and Sociology, Tipton on cuke

We are here and not here, between moment and memory, as generations turn. Memory is momentary in each mind, but it flows through the body we share. Storyteller and scholar, devoted disciple and uncommon companion, David Chadwick has kept us in touch with one another and the living history of our communion. No one has helped us keep together in time more closely. No one has loved our teacher more deeply.

Let’s give David a hand to carry on this work. Let’s give thanks along the way.

March 28, 2012

This work has been going on since around 1988 when I started writing material that was used in Thank You and OK: an American Zen Failure in Japan.

Huston Smith

Shunryu Suzuki's quiet, low keyed style makes it easy to overlook the fact that he was one of the most important twentieth century teachers in introducing Soto Zen Buddhism to America. It is a great good fortune for posterity therefore that he has in David Chadwick an indefatigable chronicler, a veritable Boswell when it had appeared that that breed had vanished. Chadwick's archive of Suzuki's oral teachings as his students remember them and often inscribed them in their diaries will be invaluable to future historians as they record the coming of Buddhism to the West. His project merits strong support.

Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library, UCB.

Dr. Lewis Lancaster, East Asian Studies, UCB.

Graduate Theological Union.

Buddhist Studies Program, SF Zen Center.

The Institute for Historical Study

Michael Goldberg who made the documentary, DT Suzuki: A Zen Life

Even further past Fundraising Appeals and Crooked Cucumber Archive projects descriptions

Fiscal Sponsors: The Pacific Zen Institute and the Institute for Historical Study

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