Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
Since the publication of the landmark "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind 25 years ago, the influence of Shunryu Suzuki has grown extensively. His followers have long hungered for a full portrait of the man whose wisdom touched so many, but until now no book has been published by or about this extraordinary individual.
David Chadwick, who studied with Suzuki at the San Francisco Zen Center from 1966 until Suzuki's death in 1971, has interviewed his mentor's family, friends, and disciples and was granted full access to Japanese and American archives. "Crooked Cucumber begins with Suzuki's earliest days in Japan, where his teacher nicknamed him "Crooked Cucumber," claiming Suzuki was too absent-minded and dim-witted to ever become a successful priest. Chadwick follows Suzuki through his new life in San Francisco amid the cultural upheaval of the '60s, creating a context for his refreshing and profound teaching. Brief, illuminating chapters, with previously unpublished lecture quotes, convey the down-to-earth message of a man who continues to transform countless lives.
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Review: Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu SuzukiUser 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
Review: Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu SuzukiUser Review - Jack - Goodreads
One of the best spiritual biographies ever - insight into the life of a rare spiritual pioneer in America - Zen Master Suzuki Roshi. Read full review
Chapter One Childhood 19041916
Chapter Two Master and Disciple 19161923
Chapter Three Higher Education 19241930
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