Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

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Broadway Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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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 Brief, illuminating chapters, with previously unpublished lecture quotes, convey the down-to-earth message of a man who continues to transform countless lives.

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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


Chapter One Childhood 19041916
Chapter Two Master and Disciple 19161923
Chapter Three Higher Education 19241930

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David Chadwick began practicing with Shunryu Suzuki in 1966 at the age of twenty-one & was ordained by him in 1971. His acclaimed biography of Suzuki, "Crooked Cucumber" (Broadway Books), was a "San Francisco Chronicle" bestseller. He lives with his wife & son in Sonoma County, California.

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