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Posts tagged ‘Suzuki Roshi’


Featured Photo August 16

Rinso-in, the temple in Japan where Shunryu Suzuki Roshi was the resident priest. It is now overseen by his son Hoitsu and grandson Shungo. Photo from 1996 by Bill Schwob.

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Featured Photo May 31

The November 21, 1971, Mountain Seat Ceremony at City Center. Photographer unknown.

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Featured Photo January 4

Shunryu Suzuki at Stepping Down / Mountain Seat Ceremony at Rinso-in (in Japan) on October 23, 1966. Photographer unknown.

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Featured Photo October 19

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi sitting zazen (meditation) in the original zendo at Tassajara, 1969. Photo by Alan Marlowe.

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Featured Photo August 10

In 1967, Suzuki Roshi gesturing “little bit” as he and Bob Watkins moved stones at Tassajara. Photo by James Hatch.

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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.

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A Poem in Response to Suzuki Roshi

Award-winning poet Brynn Saito, intrigued by the teachings of Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki, shares with us her poem in response to the master’s teaching. Read more


Mitsu Suzuki Sensei Memorial at City Center

The Abbatial Leadership of San Francisco Zen Center will host a memorial service for Mitsu Suzuki Sensei, poet, beloved tea teacher, and wife of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, in the Buddha Hall at City Center, at 3pm on Saturday, February 27. The event will also be Live Streamed. All are invited; please respond to if you plan to attend. (Street parking near City Center is very limited. Please carpool or take public transit if possible.)

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Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts Attends Okusan’s Funeral

“So many of you expressed your love for and remembrances of Mitsu Suzuki upon hearing of her death on January 9, 2016 that I wanted to tell you about the beautiful ceremonies that were held for her in Japan, which I attended,” writes Central Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts.

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Mitsu Suzuki Passes Away, Aged 101

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Suzuki Roshi’s widow, Mitsu ‘Okusan’ Suzuki, early Saturday January 9, 2015. The three temples rang the densho 108 times that morning, and each temple held a memorial service to honor her passing and express gratitude for her teachings and her presence in San Francisco Zen Center.

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