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 Brief, illuminating chapters, with previously unpublished lecture quotes, convey the down-to-earth message of a man who continues to transform countless lives.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 - 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 SuzukiUser Review - Kathy Nieder - Goodreads
This book was recommended to me by a friend and it kept my attention. Suzuki lead an interesting life and died much too young. The book would have been tighter and more interesting by being 50 - 100 ... Read full review
Chapter One Childhood 19041916
Chapter Two Master and Disciple 19161923
Chapter Three Higher Education 19241930
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