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Tensho David Schneider

David's spring 2016 Bay Area reading schedule
Crowded by Beauty: the Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen

Books by David Schneider

Crowded by Beauty: the Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen

 by David Schneider

 University of California Press page for the book

post on cuke blog on Crowded - 8-05-15

Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey

Introduction to The Teacup and the Skullcap

                     See letter from co-editor, David Schneider.

Trungpa Rinpoche and Zen

David is co-editor with Kazuaki Tanahashi of Essential Zen - his name is on the cover with Kaz, but wherever you see the book listed, only Kaz's name is used.

Crowded by Beauty; A Biography of Poet and Zen Teacher Philip Whalen, by David Schneider, forthcoming from University of California Press. You can download a chapter at Coyotes Journal.

4-07-16 - BOOK REVIEW/LETTER TO REED MAGAZINE from Rick Levine on Crowded by Beauty: the Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen by David Schneider

On Philip Whalen

Whalen overheard dis of Suzuki Shunryu

Kobun Chino and his daughter Maya's funeral

David Schneider remembers Green Gulch

On the tenken

In memory of Ananda Claude Dalenberg

Schneider's Crooked Cucumber review in Shambhala Sun

What do you do in this Brief Time? - an Interview with Rick Levine by David Schneider

David Schneider's note to DC with a few corrections and comments on cuke interview with Philip Whalen

David Schneider's Shambhala bio

About David Schneider 

Born in 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky, David Schneider was the first child of Marc, a Jew and engineer and Georgia, his southern Baptist sociologist mother. David rapidly acquired three sisters, the rudiments of a standard boomer education, and a bi-religious, Southern upbringing, involving. Saturday School and Sunday School. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA .

He began to practice Zen meditation with a local group at Reed College, in Portland, OR and attended sesshins with Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1970 and 71. In January, 1971, he met Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and he says, that did it. In April of the same year, he saw Suzuki Roshi and Trungpa Rinpoche together at the San Francisco Zen Center, and that really did it

David dropped out of Reed College to move into Zen Center. He took up studies under Richard Baker Roshi, and in 1977, he received ordination as unsui or "cloud-water person." He did many academic and practical jobs as part of community life there, which ran from 1972-85. The 1983 scandal at SF Zen Center led to the departure of Baker Roshi. In 1984, in the formal shuso ceremony, David was ordained as a head monk at the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco.

In 1985 David was formally accepted by Trungpa Rinpoche as a student. He attended Vajradhatu Seminary in 1986 and staffed Seminary again in 1988.

David wrote Street Zen,  a biography of Issan Dorsey, published in 1993 by Shambhala Publications, and again in 2000 by Marlowe. Street Zen won several prizes, included "Best Buddhist Book of the Year" in 1993. In 1994 he co-edited with Kazuaki Tanahashi a collection of zen stories, titled Essential Zen.

In 1995, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed David  Director of Shambhala Europe by, a position he held until 2003. David now works for Vajradhatu Publications Europe; he continues as well to pursue writing projects - currently, a biography of Beat poet and zen master Zenshin Philip Whalen - as well as calligraphy exhibitions. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed David to the post of acharya in 1996. 

3-22-14 - Shambhala Center Presents Book Reading by David Schneider on Philip Whalen

Crowded by Beauty, The Poetry of Zen Monk Philip Whalen

at the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco
1231 Stevenson Street

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:30 – 9 pm

Relevant links on Philip Whalen cuke page

I don't think this book has been published yet. - DC

David's spring 2016 Bay Area reading schedule
Crowded by Beauty: the Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen


Wednesday, 25 May, 7 pm

Diesel Books

5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618


Friday 27 May 6 pm reception 7 pm reading

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

133 D St, Davis, CA 95616


Wednesday 1 June (no time specified, but I imagine 7 or 7:30 pm)

San Francisco Shambhala Meditation Center

1231 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103


Thursday 2 June

Point Reyes Books

Point Reyes Station

reading at Pt Reyes Presbyterian Church--7pm- which is used a lot for community events--and are partially sponsored by the local sitting group--named after a local mtn. called Black's Mountain.


Friday 3 June 7:30 pm

San Francisco Zen Center (with Norman Fischer)

300 Page St

San Francisco, CA 94102

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