1. Suzuki Roshi

Shunryu Suzuki roshi (1904-1971) was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and one of the most beloved teachers in modern Buddhism. Known for his gentle and open approach based on Dogen’s (Japanese, 1200-1253, see Study Topic 11) radical non-dual reading of Zen, Suzuki roshi emphasized simple daily zazen practice and ordinary everyday living. One of his watchwords was “beginner’s mind,” an open, humble, curious mind, always ready to be surprised and to learn something new. This, he taught, was the true zen spirit, the goal and the process of our practice. The practice of the Everyday Zen Foundation is entirely based on Suzuki roshi’s way. Our founder, Zoketsu Fischer, trained at the San Francisco Zen Center temples for over twenty-five years, retiring as co-Abbot there in 2000.

Son of a Soto Zen priest, and himself ordained a Zen priest in his youth, Suzuki roshi trained in small Zen temples, and, briefly, at Eiheiji, the large Soto monastery. He was abbot of Rinso-In, a 500 year old Zen temple in Yaizu, a fishing town on the Japan Sea. Unusual among Japanese Zen priests, Suzuki roshi was always interested in the West. He studied English and nurtured from boyhood a dream of practicing in America. Though vocal and public opposition was impossible, Suzuki roshi was among the very few Zen people who did not support the Japanese militarism of the 1930’s or the War that followed. In 1959 he took a leave of absence from Rinso-In to accept a position as priest of Sokoji, the Soto Zen Mission in San Francisco’s Japantown. His small zazen group there eventually grew into the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest Western Zen center, which now has three locations, City Center in San Francisco, Green Gulch Farm in Marin County, and Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery in the Los Padres National Forest, near Carmel Valley, California. Translated into many languages, edited selections from Suzuki-roshi’s lectures, especially the two books “Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind” and “Not Always So” are among the most widely read Zen books in the world.

Books

 
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4. Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
A biography of Shunryu Suzuki, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center
David Chadwick
Feb 08, 2000
1. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
This classic first collection of Suzuki Roshi's lectures, published in the 1970's, is a wonderful introduction to Zen...
Shunryu Suzuki
Apr 01, 1973
3. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
Suzuki Roshi talks about this important Soto Zen text whose theme is the interpenetration of oneness and diversity, a...
Shunryu Suzuki
Oct 01, 2001
2. Not Always So
This is the second collection of Suzuki Roshi's lectures, and a companion volume to "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind." Suzu...
Shunryu Suzuki
May 27, 2003

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Not Always So (Part 2 of 6)
Second of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 3 of 6)
Third of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 4 of 6)
Fourth of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 5 of 6)
Fifth of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 6 of 6)
Sixth of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Sandokai (Talk 2 of 6))
In talk two on the Sandokai, Norman speaks of the nuances between one-ness and many-ness, quoting often from Suzuki R...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2004
Sandokai (Talk 7 of 7)
A series of talks on Zen poem "Merging of Difference and Unity"
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 16, 2004
Not Always So 2008 - Part 1
First of two talks on Suzuki Roshi's "Not Always So". These are brief excerpts and not a comprehensive talk on the e...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 06, 2008
Not Always So 2008 - Part 2
Second of two talks on Suzuki Roshi's "Not Always So". These are brief excerpts and not a comprehensive talk on the ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 13, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind - Right Attitude
Talk based on Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind Beginner's Mind - Right Attitude
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 20, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 1
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 09, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 2
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 16, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 3
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 20, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 4
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 30, 2008
Beginner's Mind 1 - Santa Sabina Sesshin 2010
Norman gives his first talk of the 2010 Santa Sabina Sesshin on Beginner's Mind referencing Suzuki Roshi's classic bo...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 21, 2010
Beginner's Mind 2 - Santa Sabina Sesshin 2010
Norman gives his second talk on Beginner's Mind at the Santa Sabina Sesshin 2010 referencing Suzuki Roshi's work of t...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 22, 2010
Sandokai 2010 - Talk 1
Norman begins his 2010 series of talks on the Sandokai referencing Suzuki Roshi's book Branching Streams Flow in the ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 21, 2010

Texts

 
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Not Always So (Part 2 of 6)
Second of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 3 of 6)
Third of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 4 of 6)
Fourth of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 5 of 6)
Fifth of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Not Always So (Part 6 of 6)
Sixth of six talks by Norman from the 2002 Dharma Seminar, on Suzuki Roshi's collection, "Not Always So." (The first ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2002
Sandokai (Talk 2 of 6))
In talk two on the Sandokai, Norman speaks of the nuances between one-ness and many-ness, quoting often from Suzuki R...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 01, 2004
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 1
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 09, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 2
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 16, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 3
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 20, 2008
Zen Mind Beginner's Mind 4
Series of talks based on Suzuki Roshi's book "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind" In this series, only small portions of the b...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 30, 2008
Sandokai 2010 - Talk 1
Norman begins his 2010 series of talks on the Sandokai referencing Suzuki Roshi's book Branching Streams Flow in the ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 21, 2010