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July 11, 2017


Featured Photo July 13

A group at Sokoji in 1964. Photo by Joan B. Mayer. Mel Weitsman is to the left of Richard Baker who is sitting behind Suzuki Roshi.

Sojun Mel Weitsman gave a public Dharma talk at City Center on July 1 in which he talked, in part, about the beginnings of San Francisco Zen Center when American students met Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at Sokoji in Japantown. This photo includes Dainin Katagiri as well as many of Suzuki’s earliest students, including Della Goertz, Grahame Petchey, Jean Ross, Phil Wilson, and Silas Hoadley.

If anyone is able to identify those in the photo, please leave a comment below and I will respond.

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Taylor F Binkley
    Jul 13 2017

    Dick Baker directly behind Suzuki Roshi, face partly obscured (?).

    • Sangha News editor
      Jul 13 2017

      Yes, as described above the photo, Richard Baker is sitting behind Suzuki Roshi and Mel Weitsman is to his left (or to the right as you look at it) and his face is also partly obscured.

  2. Cind Bendelac
    Jul 13 2017

    Where is Silas?

    • Jul 20 2017

      Silas is almost directly behind Katagiri Roshi – as he was to become. Great photo.

  3. Layla Bockhorst
    Jul 14 2017

    I believe Carolyn Morton is behind and to the left of Katagiri Roshi, to the left of Silas Hoadley. She practices with Dharma Eye sangha in San Rafael; could e-mail her and ask. And it might be Bill Kwong in the back row next to Jean Ross. Also might be Jim Morton sitting next to Katagiri Roshi.

    Too fuzzy to be sure…

  4. Jul 14 2017

    The priest in the middle might be Sumi Roshi but I’m not sure. The person behind Silas may be Rick Morton.

  5. Jul 15 2017

    Has someone ask David Chadwick? I’m sure he could assist.

  6. david silva
    Jul 27 2017

    Definitley Bill Kwong to right of Jean. FYI: Jean Ross was my first Zen teacher circa 1970 in Carmel.


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