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8-01-16 - August 2016 Soberanes Fire in Big Sur threatening Tassajara and Jamesburg

5-06-2015 - RIP Gail Mueller

4-28-2015 - RIP Daigan David Lueck

4-27-2015 - Congrats to Richard Jaffe & Elaine Maisner on their 30th!

4-17-2015 - RIP Tim Buckley

3-31-2015 - RIP Richard O. Moore

2-27-2015 - RIP Ruth Denison

2-14-15 - RIP Tony Johansen

2-05-15 - RIP Tara Treasurefield (Pat Lang)

Fran Thomson memorial to be March 28th


Celebrate and remember the amazing life of Fran Thompson. Join us in wishing her spirit good travels.

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 2pm
Place: Muir Woods Park Community Association Clubhouse, Mill Valley, California

Please pass the word to any Friends of Fran that you may know, and also, please let me (Molly) know, if you can, the e-mail addresses of those you are passing the word to (if you think it's ok with them). I know that Fran had more friends than those I have e-mail addresses for.

A full invitation with map, directions,  and more details will follow, but for now, we very much hope that you will plan to be there.

If you own any of Fran's paintings and would be willing to bring them to display at the memorial, do let me know, and we will try to arrange for that.

Questions? Contact Molly Tenenbaum (Fran's niece) at
Fran Thompson cuke page

1-14-15 -Quadruple homicide gang killing at corner of Page and Laguna where the SFZC is. - thanks Clare Hollander - posted in Sangha News

12-21-14 - Remembering Kyogen Carlson who died on September 18th of this year. Just learned. He was co-founder and co-abbot of the Soto Zen Dharma Rain Center in Portland with his wife Gyokuko. Gyate gyate paragyate parasam gyate bodhi svaha!




11-12-14 - Farewell Dennis Rodriguez who died on Nov. 10th at Summit Hospital in San Francisco after having a heart attack and surgery. Dennis was born in 1947 and was around the SFZC from the seventies as I recall and was well-liked, a quiet person. Taigen Dan Leighton wrote that Dennis was "a genuinely good fellow and clear friendly spirit, a significant presence in my early years at SF Zen Center." - DC

10-29-14 - Farewell Miriam Bobkoff who died on October 23rd. - thanks Elizabeth Sawyer


The details of her passing the most recent post on her Ocean in View blog


Miriam, madam librariam. Knew her at the SFZC but the strongest memories are when she was working in the library in Santa Fe and I was doing spelling and fact check for Thank You and OK there - downtown and in a branch near where Elin and I were living July 92 - July 93. Always kind and helpful. - DC


Miriam Bobkoff cuke page

10-15-14 - Shunryu Suzuki student and visionary artist Rowena Pattee Kryder passed away on October 11th. See note from her family and from Friends of Rowena on the Rowena Pattee Kryder page - thanks Paul Shippee

Farewell Rowena. See you in my visions. - DC


10-01-14 - Congratulations to Chris Rand and Francesca Stauffacher on getting hitched. Chris is the son of Yvonne Rand and recently departed Kendrick Rand. I remember Chris from 66 when I first arrived at Sokoji. He's the guy who makes the Ten Thousand Year Clocks.





9-25-14 - RIP Rudy Hurwich and condolences to his daughter Lynn.

9-23-14 - Michael Katz at the New York City Climate March two days ago with his sister Carol, and SFZC alum Dian Woodner ran into David Zimmerman, Linda Ruth Cutts and Steve Weintraub and his sister, Teah Strozer, Susan O'Connell, and

lively folk from Brooklyn ZC. The Buddhists were crushed together in one place, creating their own warmth and humidity. In typical fashion I didn't stay in one spot, wandered around with Dian and Carol, saw the wonderful Bread and Puppet floats and other great sights and sounds. One thing I'll say New Yorkers are incredibly warm and friendly, especially cops. Carol moved a wooden barricade to get through and a cop came over to make sure she didn't get a splinter. A black guy offered me his seat on the train coming in -- I must have crossed a rubicon of dodderyness. - links on the subject at Climate Change

9-21-14 - L to R - Andrew Atkeison, Michael Stusser, Tozen Akiyama, and Zoshi Takayuki in the Meditation Garden at Stusser's Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.


Tozen on cuke


Andrew Atkeison cuke page



Zoshi is a wood sculptor. - dc







8-14-14 - A Warm and Present History: A Tribute to the Archivists Who Visited City Center - from the SFZC's Sangha News. DC added this comment: Good work. Keep it up. Sorry I wasn’t able to attend the name that monk night, something a number of us have talked about for years. Maybe we could set something up with a Skype conference call to include some early students who could help.

7-31-14 - Joshu Sasaki dies at 107 on July 27th - Huff Post - thanks Howie Klein

LA Times another LA Times and Shambala Sun and Sweeping Zen

DC on meeting Joshu Sasaki

Joshu Sasaki cuke page

7-03-14 - Stephen Gaskin, founder of The Farm, dies at 79

Gaskin on cuke


5-26-14 - RIP Kendrick Rand, husband of Annie, ex of Yvonne, father to Hillary and Chris with Yvonne and Carlyle with Annie. Condolences to all of you. Katrinka and I called yesterday to send our love. She worked for him at his restaurant, the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach which he sold some years ago. I enjoyed stopping off there for a chat with him on my way back to Bolinas three decades ago. He was fire chief there for years. Before that he was manager of the Mingeiya on Union Street in San Francisco and before that the MDR, Minimum Daily Requirement in North Beach. I can remember Chris bussing tables there in the sixties. Katrinka was in the parade in Stinson on Kendrick Rand day. Read about it and more here. Here's a film called Kendrick Rand Day 2001.

5-06-14 - In response to a letter complaining that the SFZC charges for zazen, let me assure you that it does not. Maybe they have a sign that suggests a donation but anyone can sit zazen at the SF Zen Center or any of its affiliates or any Zen Center or other Buddhist center that I know of for free. Checked with the treasurer and the secretary to make sure. - dc

5-03-14 - On April 12th early that morning Huston Smith fell and lost consciousness. Throughout the next week his health continued to deteriorate and the Dalia Lama sent an emissary to read the Tibetan Book of the Dead at his bedside. However, after a couple of days Huston regained consciousness, gradually began to eat and drink a little, and is now much improved in mind, body and spirit. Although his hearing has greatly deteriorated, Huston has regained both his wit and wisdom. He has confined himself to bed and tires very quickly. - from an email received by DC

4-16-14 - Have received some queries and the answer is yes, Dan Welch left Crestone Mt. Zen Center several months ago.


4-07-14 - Spent the night at Rinsoin, Shunryu Suzuki's home temple, and sat zazen this morning with his son the present abbot, Hoitsu, and Hoitsu's son Shungo, also a priest and next in line, and some men from Yaizu. After breakfast and laundry, Katrinka and I visited with Mitsu Suzuki, Shunryu's widow, and she gave me a copy of her new collection of haiku, A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life - edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi, translated by Kate McCandless, introduction by Norman Fischer. - Amazon link

SFZC event: A White Tea Bowl: A Book Event Celebrating Mitsu Suzuki Sensei’s 100th Birthday

Mitsu's 100th birthday is coming up on the 26th of this month and she's doing great, quite energetic, walking well, was quite affectionate, hugging me repeatedly. Most touching.

Hoitsu's wife Chitose drove us to Mitsu's. Also there were Mitsu's daughter Harumi and Hoitsu's sister-in-law, Mitsuyo, who is visiting from San Francisco.

Hoitsu is now the Seido of a practice temple in Okayama where he's leading a one week sesshin this month and going there for a week every month. He'll also spend a week at Eiheiji later this month.

Mitsu Suzuki page --- Hoitsu Suzuki page

4-06-14 - Peter Matthiessen has died. - thanks Brit Pyland

NY Times

SF Gate



Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing - NY Times Magazine - thanks Doug McKechnie


Peter and his wife who died soon after, Deborah, were at Tassajara with Suzuki Roshi and the rest of us for a while. He became a priest in Maezumi's White Plum Asanga. I loved his At Play in the Fields of the Lord. He gave 1st wife Daya (Dianne) and me The Tree Where Man Was Born for a wedding present. The cuke bibliography, lists his book, Nine-Headed Dragon River:Zen Journals 1969 - 1982 with the following: "Matthiessen's path includes a bit of Suzuki, more background accounts of Soen Nakagawa, Yasutani, and Eido Shimano Roshis." He was helpful to me over the phone with research on Crooked Cucumber and sent this blurb. He's been a diligent, articulate trooper for harm reduction. - DC

3-27-14 - A White Tea Bowl: A Book Event Celebrating Mitsu Suzuki Sensei’s 100th Birthday

From SFZC News

SFZC Board Meeting Abbreviated Minutes (3/19/14)

approved an amended Deed of Gift sending the Zen Center archives to Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

3-06-14 - Two new abbots for the SFZC - Furyu Nancy Schroeder and Rinso Ed Sattizahn step up.

Statue of Shunryu Suzuki at the SFZC's City Center Gets a New Seat

2-21-14 - Saying Farewell: A Record of the Funeral for Myogen Steve Stucky - with a link to video of the ceremony.

Steve Stucky memorial page

2-08-14 - Funeral for SFZC Central Abbot Steve Stucky set for  3 pm on Sunday, February 9 at Green Gulch Farm.  Go to that website to see it live.

1-23-14 - Cuke's Most Important Thing in the World Award goes to:

One Earth Sangha -

International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change

Endorsement Sought by Dharma Teachers and Sangha Members Worldwide

"Climate change is the most serious issue facing humanity today. It is already seriously impacting economies, ecosystems, and people worldwide. Left unchecked, it will cause tremendous suffering for all living beings."

I signed it and I hate to sign things or belong to anything. I'd say the quote above was an understatement. - DC

--- posted in  Climate Change

1-16-14 - SFZC upcoming abbot transitions - from the SFZC Sangha News Weekly

1-09-14 - Funeral for SFZC Central Abbot Steve Stucky set for  3 pm on Sunday, February 9 at Green Gulch Farm.

1-07-14 - Steve Stucky Cremation yesterday - from Elizabeth Sawyer

1-05-14 - San Francisco Chronicle obituary for Steve Stucky - thanks Steve Tipton

Opps - fixed this link. Connection so bad last night couldn't check links. Some pages didn't upload.

Cuke page for Steve

1-03-14 - Steve Stucky Death Poem

1-02-14 - In Memoriam Steve Stucky - from the SFZC

12-31-13 - Farewell Steve Stucky who died at home this morning at 4:03. A life well lived. A man who will be missed. Love and condolences to Lane.

Subtle Eye - the Great Leap

Facebook Page for Steve.

Cuke page for Steve

11-30-13 - In case you missed it: Steve Stucky's Thanksgiving Day Message.

11-18-13 - Congratulations to Elizabeth Sawyer on receiving Lay Entrustment from Steve Stucky.

Read about it and see photos here.

10-15-13 - Facebook page for SFZC abbot Steve Stucky

10-15-13 - Update page for SFZC Abbot Steve Stucky who is now in the hospital. All our prayers for Steve's well being. Messages can be sent to Steve through that page and private messages should be sent to Steve's assistant: Mary Stares<centralabbotassist[at]> - dc








10-10-13 - It is with great sadness that we pass on this news from the SFZC website.

SFZC Abbot Steve Stücky Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer - Letters from President Susan O’Connell and Steve

9-30-13 - On 9-26 posted "New Abbot Selected for the SFZC City Center: Rinso Edward Sattizahn." Was asked what's up with that. There's nothing about it on the SFZC site. They'll get around to some explanation there. Here's what we know.

Kiku Christina Lehnherr (City Center Abiding Abbess) is resigning due to a health issue. A while ago, Christina had a fall in which she hit her head. She has not fully recovered. She has given talks since then which one can access via the above link to her SFZC page - but she feels she cannot properly fulfill her duties as abbot so she is stepping down and Ed Sattizahn is stepping up. Praying for Christina's well being. - dc

9-26-13 - New Abbot Selected for the SFZC City Center: Rinso Edward Sattizahn. Congratulations Ed.

SFZC page for Ed         Ed in Suzuki Stories

July 1, 2013 - David Schneider reports on Kobun Chino's Stupa Opening

5-31-13 - We just learned that Marian Derby (Mountain) Wisberg died on May 15th. - Thanks to Blanche Hartman for calling me yesterday and passing on this news she'd received from Fran Thompson.

Read Fran Thompson's message on Marian's passing

We knew her as Marian Derby. She was the spirited, energetic, trailblazing student of Shunryu Suzuki who founded the Haiku Zendo in Los Altos and first recorded Suzuki's lectures - for a book that became Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. In the early seventies she married Jack Wisberg in Big Sur where they first lived - and took his name. She is known to many as Marian Mountain the pen name she used for her book, The Zen Environment: the Impact of Zen Meditation.

More on Marian at her cuke page

2-26-13 - Jeremiah Nathan's disappearance and memorial

10-04-12 - Memorial Service for Aiko Uchiyama, Shunryu Suzuki's sister, at City Center on October 13th. Includes brief bio. Here it is on cuke. - from the recent SFZC's Sangha News Weekly

9-30-12 - One Pine Hall - Soto Zen in Seattle with Robby Ryuzen Pellett as the host. His teacher is Hoitsu Suzuki, son of Shunryu. Their new newsletter is out and it's linked to on the site now.

9-18-12 - Congratulations to Genjoji - Sonoma Mountain Zen Center on the groundbreaking for their new zendo

from Genjoji website:

After eight years, we have met our fundraising goal in order to break ground for our new Meditation Hall. We invite you to join us for this historic ceremony from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday, September 16, 2012.

The new Zendo – is the womb of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from which they are born. This birth is like dawn’s light as it dispels the darkness of the landscape by helping the many human beings to restore their inherent nature – Basic Goodness.

Jakusho Kwong-roshi

Sorry I couldn't make it. - DC

Jakusho Bill Kwong Roshi cuke page

9-14-12 - Mako and Graham have a cool blog with lots of neat photos of Tassajara. They're leaving soon for Asia for a pilgrimage including India to visit and join in with the creation of a Zen practice center in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, with Gita and Paul Haller.

Here's their blog: The Cloud Mountains.

They need money. Cuke just donated $50 to help them on their journey. A PayPal donate link  - dc

8-12-12 - The SFZC at 50 events are happening. Yesterday's talk by Zentatsu Richard Baker was - well, I don't like to praise people too much here on cuke cause then I feel like I have to say something nice about everyone and thus my policy is to just link to stuff and let you decide so listen to and I think you can also watch Richard Baker's talk at the City Center yesterday. Today at Green Gulch Reb Anderson is speaking and there's alumni picnic. Last nights party at Greens was a trip - lot of us old codgers saying hi and the younger crowd drumming, dancing to DJ's picks. Monday, tomorrow, there's a ceremony at Sokoji temple on Laguna at Sutter, not the old original Sokoji on Bush at Laguna. Grahame Petchey who arranged for the incorporation of the SFZC in 1962 (GP on that) will be there with his ex Pauline. There will be a procession down Laguna to the City Center at Page and Laguna, a short ceremony, inauguration of the Peace Bell, some brief statements in the dining room (including 2 minutes from me), and a reception. Lot of good feeling yesterday and I bet it continues. I've got to go to Green Gulch now for the picnic (couldn't make Reb's lecture cause Katrinka is doing flowers for some event at the Panama Hotel here in San Rafael) so I don't have time to get the links to Richard Baker's talk and Reb's but they're there on SFZC dot org somewhere. Send me the link please - just one of you. - dc

7-20-12 - Loly Rosset passed away this morning.

Received from her son:

Dearest Family and Friends of my mom, Hannelore "Loly" Rosset:

Loly passed away peacefully this morning here in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, at 6:29 am. She was born on August 29, 1923, and left this world today, July 20, 2012, after almost 89 years. She had suffered a massive stroke several days ago, and was unconscious for the past several days. Thankfully she had enough remaining consciousness last Sunday night to recognize me upon my rushed return from Indonesia to say farewell. In accordance with her wishes, we brought her home to the small house we built for her on Tuesday, were she rested peacefully in her own bed, surrounded by family and friends, until passing away. - Peter Rosset.

Interviews with Loly Rosset

7-17-12 - Loly (Hannelore) Rosset has had a severe stroke

Dear Friends of Hannelore (Loly)

My mother Loly had a severe stroke and is in the hospital here in Mexico and is semi-unconscious. We don't know if she will make it.

Please help me spread the word to family and friends.

Thank you and lots of love,

Peter Rosset

Interview with Loly Rosset

7-13-12 - Cooking from the Summer Garden
with Deborah Madison and Koyo Welch-roshi
September 28-30, 2012
- a benefit for Crestone Mt. Zen Center in Colorado

7-10-12 -  More photos taken at Crestone Mt. ZC during the time of Dan Welch's installation as abbot. Sophie Dillo sent them. Asking if she took them. - dc

6-29-12 - A Funeral Ceremony for Katherine Thanas will be held at Santa Cruz Zen Center this Sunday, July 1 at 2:30pm. Everyone is most welcome but there may be an overflow of people there. There will be another funeral ceremony for Katherine at City Center or Green Gulch Farm in another month or two, especially for her friends in the Bay Area. cuke main page for Katherine Thanas.

Update on Katharine Cook on the new Katherine Cook Main Page

6-25-12 - Karin Sobun Daiosho, Rev. Katherine Thanas, entered Great Peace at 10am yesterday, June 26, surrounded by loving students and friends at her home. More below.

DC on Katherine's passing

6-24-12 -Karin Sobun Daiosho, Rev. Katherine Thanas, entered Great Peace at 10am today, June 24, surrounded by loving students and friends at her home.

We will have a ceremony of ringing the densho 108 times at 4pm, both at Santa Cruz Zen Center and at her home.

This will be followed at 5pm by the traditional ceremony of offering tea and sweet water to her bathed and robed body, chanting the ten names of Buddha, and making statements of gratitude, at her home.

The sangha will be sitting with her body this evening and cremation, along with another ceremony, will happen tomorrow, Monday.

There will be a memorial service for Katherine Thanas this Tuesday at the Cherry Center in Carmel between 6:30-8:30pm

There will be a funeral ceremony especially for the Santa Cruz Zen Center and Monterey Bay Zen Center sanghas at Santa Cruz Zen Center on Sunday July 1, officiated by Katherine's honshi, Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi.

Another funeral ceremony for the SFZC community will take place in a month or two at SF Zen Center or Green Gulch Farm.

6-23-12 - Friday afternoon

Sara Hunsaker - I sat with Katherine from 8 to noon this morning. She is 'unconscious'; her breath is shallow, regular and rather fast (3-4 to my 1). She seems to be 'resting' and not in much pain. It was good to see her in her home surrounded by friends. Angie Boissevain came and talked to her and sat and then a group, including Daigan and Arlene and Taiyo, from Green Gulch came bearing an armloads of Green Gulch flowers and messages from various people. Robert came after sitting part of the sesshin and on his way to work. Susan came after the morning sesshin to stay a while. It was easy and loving with the Santa Cruz folks, hospice nurses and many friends dropping in. And it was deeply moving.

Friday morning from SCZC

Katherine is calm, peaceful. Sangha members were visiting throughout the day. Last night, Kokyo and sesshin participants sat the evening two periods of zazen at Katherine's. Together, sesshin members and visitors chanted the refuges in Pali.

Join us for zazen and refuges this evening, if you like.

Visitors are welcome at any time at Katherine's home.

6-22-12 - Created a main page for Katherine Thanas with another photo.

6-21-12 - Katherine Thanas, who had a stroke two days ago, is in a coma, back at home with her Sangha around her.

Tony Patchell was sent this from Beata in Santa Cruz:

No IVs, fluids, liquids, few meds. She is okay re clear instructions that
are being followed with great care. She has a team of hospice nurses who
practice with us and they are all here. She has a team of priests and
heirs who are planning events surrounding her passing, which is expected
to be soon.
Just received the following 2am:

Katherine is now  home and we are looking for folks who would like to sit with her and/or assist. She remains in a coma.

If you would like to participate, please call Beata @ 831.359.5291 or email and say when you are available.

Please include your phone number.


In a message dated 6/20/2012 9:36:11 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

announcement of facebook from SCZC

Abbot Sobun Katherine Thanas is currently in the ICU at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, with close disciples and friends, having fallen on her head in her house on Monday resulting in internal bleeding and serious brain damage. She was taken off artificial life support Tuesday night and is breathing on her own Wednesday morning, though her breath is short. She is not expected to live more than a few days.

5-day Summer Solstice Sesshin, celebrating the life and teaching of Katherine begins Thursday morning, ending Monday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to join any part of the schedule with the sangha at any time: zazen, kinhin, services chanting for Katherine, and Dharma talks. People sitting half-days or full days can join oryoki meals as well (please sign up at zendo in advance for this)

6-18-12 - All our prayers go out for Katherine Thanas.

11:03pm - Talked to Rosie P. Katherine apparently fell in her apartment. There was a cut on her head. She's had a lot of internal bleeding in her brain. She's in a coma and on a ventilator. Rosie says there's a lot of chanting going on around the country for Katherine.

10:28pm - Just talked to a nurse. Katherine is in critical condition in intensive care at Dominican. People are in the room now chanting with her.

10:20pm - Got a message on my cell phone this evening from Vicki Austin saying that Katherine Thanas was found - unconscious I think - she'd fallen. She's at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA. - more as I learn. Prayers for Katherine. - dc

Katherine has been the abbot of the Santa Cruz Zen Center since 2002 - see this page on their website.

Katherine's cuke interview and photo.

5-16-12 - May 2012 Crestone Mt. Seat Ceremony for Dan Welch and related happenings - including prior and subsequent posts to that page.

5-03-12 - Suzuki student Alan Klein writes: I need some S p a c e -- away from cities, away from people--in Nature in a simple shelter, with the possibility of simply unwinding completely. Preparing to return as a whole person or to leave altogether. You may know of such a place, here or in another land. If so, i cannot possibly convey, nor you imagine, what a blessing it would be. Right now i am mired in southern California, needing spiritually and practically some possibility. Whether you can suggest something, or not, please let me know directly--my resources, materially and heart, are bleeding away, and i must move on.

4-19-12 - Help needed for Diane di Prima - on Shambhala Sun Space

on the Poetry Foundation site

Donate here

Diane di Prima on Wikipedia

Diane was a student of Shunryu Suzuki and other Buddhist teachers and is Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Get well Diane. - dc

4-17-12 - 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the SFZC cuke section. Got some ideas for it like presenting a complete listing of groups and teachers in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage. - dc

3-09-12 - Dear Dharma Friends,

We are planning a memorial service for Della Goertz on Friday March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Buddha Hall at City Center. I hope you will be able to come if you would like to. You are also very welcome to stay for dinner. If you plan on having dinner that evening at Zen Center, please call the front office at 415-354-0385 or 415-354-3086 to let us know of your plans. It would be wonderful to see you. Please let anyone know about it who you think might be interested. Directors, please make announcements at the three practice centers.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you very much for helping to spread the word.

Rosalie Curtis

City Center Head of Practice

Della Goertz cuke main page

1-09-12 - SFZC 50th Anniversary