Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Jan 5, 2011 - Religion - 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  Interspersed with previously unpublished passages from Suzuki's talks, Crooked Cucumber evokes a down-to-earth life of the spirit.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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This is a terrific book. Written by a follower of Suzuki it mines a rich vein of personal encounters. While it is clearly written by a person who deeply respects and admires Suzuki, a follower of his ... Read full review

Crooked cucumber: the life and Zen teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

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Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (LJ 11/1/70) has become a classic for those interested in Zen Buddhist thought of the Soto tradition. This wonderful biography by a Zen practitioner who was ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

David Chadwick selected and edited the accounts that make up To Shine One Corner of the World, drawing on hundreds of interviews and notes amassed in the creation of his acclaimed biography of Suzuki, Crooked Cucumber, and from his ongoing oral history of Shunryu Suzuki. Chadwick himself began study Zen with Suzuki Roshi in 1966 and was ordained by him in 1971. He is also the author of Thank You and OK!: An American Zen Failure in Japan.

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