Can't keep up with all that Lew does and posts. Check his sites, get on his list. He's the founder of the Vimala Sangha in Mill Valley, author, musician - he and I were ordained together by Shunryu Suzuki in 1971. He was always generous with his time and good advice when I was working on Crooked Cucumber and as I continued interviewing people, and working on the Suzuki lectures. Lew was most enthusiastic about helping me to received funding and was on the Shunryu Suzuki Legacy Project committee along with Steve Stucky, Michael Wenger, and Ed Sattizahn I will always be grateful for Lew's encouragement and the energy he put into helping the Cuke Archives to flourish. - DC
Read his support statement from the Cuke 2020 Presentation
Lewis Richmond writing for the Good Men Project -- Lew wrote: I am now a weekly columnist on a major website, The Good Men Project, which began as a forum for men to learn to be better men, but has expanded to encompass many related areas in wellness, gender and sexuality, politics, and more. I will be writing on a variety of topics related to my five published books and other observations of current trends. My latest column reflects on the radical transformation of the historical Buddha from a prince of privilege and hereditary warrior to a peaceful monk. See it here.
Lew's new book late 2020:
EVERY BREATH, NEW CHANCES: HOW TO AGE WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY—A GUIDE FOR MEN (and the women who love them), and I’ve already received accolades from professionals in the field such as Jed Diamond, Ph.D. and Paula Spencer Scott, best-selling aging expert. The book has a forward by my close friend, the actor Peter Coyote. It also includes an innovative contemplative practice I call “Deep Mind Reflections”; there is one at the end of each chapter, and these are a kind of self-guided visualization on many themes important to aging men (and women too): virility and power, what it means to be a man, retirement, illness, divorce and loneliness, and so on.
Michael Kay, author and holistic financial advisor, interviewed Lew about his
new book on aging for men, EVERY BREATH, NEW CHANCES. Lew says, "Michael is a
real innovator with a broad audience; his website is full of interesting
You can listen to their conversation here,
September 4, 2020 - Aging is Reality - an excerpt from Lew's upcoming Tricycle online course on Aging as a Spiritual Practice.
cuke interview with Lew Richmond
MEMORIES OF SUZUKI Roshi FROM WIND BELL AND DC FILES - #30 - Lew Richmond
Remembering a Man of Wisdom by Lewis Richmond, an article about Shunryu Suzuki published in 1996 in Interbeing Magazine.
Authentic Life - an interview with Lew from June 2010 issue of Tricycle. Here are a couple of brief excerpts from that interview where Lew says some things about Suzuki Roshi's teaching and intention. Here are three photos of Lew from that interview.
Lew on Shunryu Suzuki from Lion's Roar 5-18-17 -
The Vimala Sangha - his Mill Valley, CA, Zen group
Teachings of Suzuki Roshi
A one-day retreat led by Zen teacher Lewis Richmond
Saturday, March 26, 2016 9 am – 5 pm
Sounds like a good retreat and Lew is a thoughtful teacher and disciple of Suzuki. - dc
posted on cuke blog 2-27-16
9-08-14 - Lew Richmond writes:
I have been invited by the new online magazine ContemplativeJournal.com to lead a 4-week online class on Aging as a Spiritual Practice during October 2014. The class will run for 4 weeks, will be fully interactive, with opportunity for realtime discussion. In each class I will give a talk on a topic from my book, teach a contemplative exercise from the book (or a new one), and have Q & A and open discussion. The class will be recorded so people who missed it can tune in any time. There will also be weekly readings written especially for the class, a blog-type discussion forum, and other features. I am excited about this opportunity to teach Aging as a Spiritual Practice more widely in this way. For information or to register click here:
8-26-14 - The Melanthium Band - Lew Richmond
I have recently become part of a new music group called THE MELANTHIUM BAND--trumpet, violin, string bass, piano. Many people who know my books and teaching may not know that I was trained as a classical pianist and composer, and now I have returned to that. Our musical style is best described as contemporary classical, with a jazz inflection. Most of the pieces are my original compositions. In order to distinguish that activity from my Buddhist teaching and author work Melanthium has begun its own Constant Contact mail list identity. I have taken the liberty of adding your name to that list, so from now on when you get an email from "The Melanthium Band" you will know it is my group. You can read about the musicians, hear a YouTube clip of excerpts from a recent concert, and read up on the pieces we play. Our website is here:
Tom Silk wrote recently, "Lew Richmond has hit a home run in his composition of a tone poem that serves as a soundtrack for a 20 minute pilot film on the natural glories of Buddha and West Marin."
- Interactive online course
- March 10th through April 4th, 2014
8-21-13 - Lew Richmond on PBS Lew on Religion and Ethics show
3-17-13 - Lew Richmond on Huff post on emptiness
"Emptiness" is also the term that my own teacher Shunryu Suzuki used, though he usually added context. Once, speaking of emptiness he said, "I do not mean voidness. There is something, but that something is something which is always prepared for taking some particular form." Another time, speaking of the feeling tone of emptiness, he said, "Emptiness is like being at your mother's bosom and she will take care of you."
Lew Richmond played an important role in getting Shunryu Suzuki disciples' meetings going.
His support for this work to preserve the legacy of Shunryu Suzuki has also been crucial at times.
1-14-12 - Events page from Lew Richmond's web site, mainly readings for his new book, Aging as a spiritual practice.
2-24-12 - Shunryu Suzuki on precepts - 23rd lecture excerpt.
An Evening with Sylvia Boorstein and Lew Richmond
Skip the Oscars and go to Spirit Rock in Marin County, CA Sunday, February 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Subject: Lew's new book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice
The great teacher who founded the San Francisco Zen Center and played a historic role in the establishment of Buddhist practice in the West was born 113 years ago today. Lewis Richmond remembers him.
He felt to us like an ancient being from another time and place. And yet he was of the modern world too.
He was the embodiment of his own best teaching: Don’t stick to anything, even the truth. Each moment new.
Support Statement from Lew for the Cuke 2020 Presentation
David Chadwick is a living treasure of American Buddhism. As one of the original disciples of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, he has devoted his life to the editing and preservation of Suzuki Roshi’s lectures, as well as curating a website—Cuke.com—that contains literally thousands of stories, anecdotes, and recollections of the myriad students from all over the world who met with, studied with, and were transformed by Suzuki Roshi. Suzuki Roshi was the founding teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Monastery and one of the giants of 20th century Buddhism in the West—on a par with Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. Through David’s work, Suzuki Roshi’s influence and teaching will remain known and accessible for future generations. In fact, Buddhism as we know it today would not exist but for the many devoted disciples, known and unknown, in previous generations who have recorded and preserved their master’s teachings. Through his dedication and perseverance, David has joined their number. He is worthy of any support, large and small, that you can give. Your generosity will not be just for David, but for his (and my) teacher, Shunryu Suzuki, his unique teaching legacy, and for the future of Buddhism itself.
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