I remember Carl at Tassajara very early on. He went to Japan in the sixties and learned a lot, came back, learned more and became a professor at Stanford and leading expert on Dogen, Zen, Buddhism, religion. He and his wife Fumiko were translators and interviewers along with Peter and Jane Schneider of Shunryu Suzuki's family members and Kojun Noiri soon after Suzuki's death. [see Interviews]
From The Human Experience - inside the Humanities at Stanford University
Religious Studies Expert - Carl Bielefeldt - bio, list of Carl's works, and a list of links under Prof. Bielefeldt in the News
The link on that page to an interview with him is broken (as of this writing long ago). Here is a working link: Shinyo-en Foundation interview with Carl Bielefeldt = There are some other broken links on that page.
Draft of Carl's 1998 excellent talk at Stanford Sati Foundation Shunryu Suzuki conference on Suzuki's historical and teaching background. - Sat Conference page with link to this talk in a section of the Wind Bell for the conference.
Audio of a talk Carl gave on Suzuki at Tassajara
From Stanford's Dept. of Religious Studies faculty page
Carl W. Bielefeldt
Carl and his wife Fumiko did real time translation of interviews with Shunryu Suzuki's family, joining Peter and Jane Schneider for those sessions in 1971 and 1972. See Interviews on the right side, the Japan side that have *** after the title. I'm now (8-13-11) checking to make sure all of those interviews are on cuke. They were re-assessed with comments added by Fred Harriman in the late nineties.
The western notion of karma meaning "you sow what you reap" is simplified and untrue according to Professor Carl Bielefeldt, an expert on the history of Japanese Buddhism. Bielefeldt sheds new light on the often misunderstood Buddhist force and shows how it might fit into a higher ethical code. He invites his audience to step outside their own cultural domain and behold this intriguing way of thinking.