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Tim (Thomas) Buckley

4-17-15 - Received word from Tim's wife Jorunn that he died yesterday at 11am. "Buddhist priest coming," she wrote. Tim had lung cancer.

Post from today's cuke blog is also below the Last Communication with Tim at the bottom of this page.

Five obituaries - SFZC, Wild Fox Zen, Sweeping Zen, Lion's Roar, family

Peter Schneider's email to SZBA on Tim's passing

Richard Baker on Tim's passing

Old friend Tracy on Tim's passing

The memorial service will be at an inn called The Daniel, in Brunswick Maine, from 4 - 7 PM on June 14th - thanks Tracy

Suzuki student (now ordained by Peter Schneider) Tim Buckley's Great River Zendo in West Bath, Maine. Here's their listing on the SZBA site. Here's their Facebook link. Here's the Teacher's Page with a photo of Tim.

A poem by Tim

More poems by Tim - thanks John Bailes for all these poems

Interview with Tim Buckley


Tim's in the back row, higher and maybe taller than anyone else in this photo from fall of 1967 at Tassajara - from Crooked Cucumber photos.

Tim with Suzuki Roshi in his Garden story from that letter in Brief Memories

Tim's Wikipedia page

Tim's Facebook page

3-31-11 - Is That So? by Laura Burges on Tim Buckley: Zen Way, Yurok Way
on the SFZC website.

9-21-13 - Tr. McC.'s Zen memories with an emphasis on his long friendship with Tim Buckley.

Thomas Buckley Papers - Humbolt State University Library - More on these papers

Tim was an avid photographer. He had four photographs in Crooked Cucumber including the Suzuki portrait on the back cover - and many in the photo archive on, most not credited.

Jeff Broadbent photos from Tim's Vigil

Books by Thomas Buckley

Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850–1990 by Thomas Buckley (UC Press page for the book)

Amazon link

Here's a note from Tim about the book put on cuke in Dec. '09







Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation

University of California Press (June 2, 1988)

Amazon link





The Trikaya

Tim edited some of the SFZC's Wind Bells. This one is entirely his editing of some of Shunryu Suzuki's lectures on the Lotus Sutra.

The Trikaya - text

PDF of the Wind Bell this came from - Volume VIII Nos. 3-4, Spring 1969

As featured on the SFZC Wind Bell page

click on thumbnail to enlarge

Shunryu Suzuki calligraphy from Tim's Great River Zendo Gallery

On cuke blog

On cuke - larger

Walking in Beauty: Growing up with the Yurok Indians
by Harry Roberts -
Tim Buckley helped Harry create this book, wrote the introduction, and wrote the following about the book including how to get it.


Tim has done some serious sailing.

Tim is mentioned many times on cuke. Just go to Home or What's New page and do a site search for Buckley to see some of these instances, some of them photo credits. - dc

4-17-15 - Last communication with Tim


On Mar 31, 2015


Hi Tim.


Your edited version of Suzuki Roshi's Lotus Sutra lectures, Trikaya is so good. It's on with the Windbells and will be listed there with the books of his lectures and with your books.


Have enjoyed sharing the universe with you.


Thinking of you and sending you my love and prayers for your well-being.





On 4/2/2015 6:07 AM, Thomas Buckley wrote:


Thank you. I'm glad it's with the others. Maybe because it was so thoroughly naive at the time it reads well now. Never did read The Lotus the 1000 times that Roshi recommended.

Sick in bed now with oxygen and pooped. Soon enough over I guess. It's been a wonderful , blessed life. - t


Sent from my iPhone





Hi Tim.


Wonderful to hear from you.



Posted on the cuke blog today, 4-17-15 -


Dear old friend and close Shunryu Suzuki and Harry Roberts student, Tim Buckley died yesterday morning at his home in Maine


Met Tim when I first came to the SF Zen Center at Bush Street in 1966. He and I lived together at Loring Palmer's communal home in Japantown for a few months, till I moved to Tassajara. He was there too a few months later. He shared his Volvo with me. I used it to drive Suzuki Roshi and other people in and out of Tassajara some. He said I was hard on it but kept sharing. He was especially grateful to Loring for providing a quiet, structured practice in his apartment which he felt was a godsend compliment to zazen and lectures at Sokoji. 

Tim in a recent photo from Alan Tebbe's film on Zen in America


From Tim's Facebook page

Got this off SFZC Sangha News. Looks like it's at Tassajara.

RIP Thomas Tim Buckley - Gyate gyate

Jeff Broadbent photos from the vigil "with dear Dharma brother Tim and his family, including Jorunn and Jesse on the deck of their tiny inlet cabin and the rock garden they made on the hill behind his home and zendo."








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