Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (Google eBook)

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Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony, Jan 5, 2011 - Philosophy - 464 pages
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Shunryu Suzuki is known to countless readers as the author of the modern spiritual classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.  This most influential teacher comes vividly to life in Crooked Cucumber, the first full biography of any Zen master to be published in the West.  To make up his intimate and engrossing narrative, David Chadwick draws on Suzuki's own words and the memories of his students, friends, and family.  Interspersed with previously unpublished passages from Suzuki's talks, Crooked Cucumber evokes a down-to-earth life of the spirit.  Along with Suzuki we can find a way to "practice with mountains, trees, and stones and to find ourselves in this big world."

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Review: Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

User Review  - Patrick Santana - Goodreads

Who hasn't read and loved Suzuki's classic, BEGINNER'S MIND? So who was the man and his life that led to that great book? CROOKED CUCUMBER pulls back the curtain and gives us a window on the human ... Read full review

Review: Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

User Review  - Jimmyle - Goodreads

Great insights into my first teacher (via "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind")and Dharma ancestor. The history of his legacy including insights into the personalities of his early students is very informative. Read full review


Part One                       Japan 19041959         
Chapter OneChildhood19041916
Chapter TwoMaster and Disciple19161923
Chapter ThreeHigher Education19241930
Chapter FourGreat Root Monasteries19301932
Chapter FiveTemple Priest19321939
Chapter SixWartime19401945
Chapter ThirteenJourneys19631964
Chapter FourteenTaking Root19651966
Chapter FifteenTassajara19671968
Chapter SixteenThe City19681969
Chapter SeventeenOne and Many19691070
Chapter EighteenThe Driver1971

Chapter SevenThe Occupation19451952
Chapter EightFamily and Death19521956
Chapter NineAn Opening19561959
Part Two                                      America 19591971         
Chapter TenA New Leaf1959
Chapter ElevenBowing1960
Chapter TwelveSangha19611962
Notes on the Text and Pronunciation
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Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century and is truly a founding father of Zen in America. A Japanese priest of the Soto lineage, he taught in the United States from 1959 until his death. He was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is the author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai, and he is the subject of the biography Crooked Cucumber by David Chadwick.

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