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Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki von [Chadwick, David]
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"He's big Suzuki, I'm little Suzuki."

In the literary world, Shunryu Suzuki has always played second fiddle to D.T. Suzuki. With David Chadwick's biography of this extraordinary man, Shunryu Suzuki will take his rightful place as one of the progenitors of American Buddhism. Chadwick, a long-time student of Suzuki's, takes us back to Suzuki's childhood, his entry into monastic life at age 13, subsequent trials with his ornery master and in the notoriously strict Eiheiji Monastery, as well as life as a houseboy with a British tutor to the Chinese emperor, marital tragedies, and the political minefield of World War II while he served as abbot of his own temple. The overarching theme of Suzuki's teaching is practice--in a community setting--and when he takes over a temple of aging Japanese Americans in San Francisco, his practice begins to attract younger Americans. The second half of Crooked Cucumber relates the phenomenal growth of the San Francisco Zen Center and becomes a biography of the growing community and its members, inasmuch as the center was Suzuki's life. A monk who was thought to be as useless as a crooked cucumber, under the pen of Chadwick turns out to be a brilliant, witty, tireless patriarch of American Zen. --Brian Bruya

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"He's big Suzuki, I'm little Suzuki."

In the literary world, Shunryu Suzuki has always played second fiddle to D.T. Suzuki. With David Chadwick's biography of this extraordinary man, Shunryu Suzuki will take his rightful place as one of the progenitors of American Buddhism. Chadwick, a long-time student of Suzuki's, takes us back to Suzuki's childhood, his entry into monastic life at age 13, subsequent trials with his ornery master and in the notoriously strict Eiheiji Monastery, as well as life as a houseboy with a British tutor to the Chinese emperor, marital tragedies, and the political minefield of World War II while he served as abbot of his own temple. The overarching theme of Suzuki's teaching is practice--in a community setting--and when he takes over a temple of aging Japanese Americans in San Francisco, his practice begins to attract younger Americans. The second half of Crooked Cucumber relates the phenomenal growth of the San Francisco Zen Center and becomes a biography of the growing community and its members, inasmuch as the center was Suzuki's life. A monk who was thought to be as useless as a crooked cucumber, under the pen of Chadwick turns out to be a brilliant, witty, tireless patriarch of American Zen. --Brian Bruya


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5925 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 465 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harmony; Auflage: Reprint (5. Januar 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004FEG2WC
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In stereotypical Zen fashion, I don't wish to say too much about this book. I'd hate to spoil any portion of it for anyone. But please read this book.
If you have already read the author's previous book, Thank You and OK, you already know what an excellent writer David Chadwick can be when he is poking fun at himself. (If you haven't read Thank You and OK, then please go get that book, too.) I was frankly surprised at what an excellent historian Mr. Chadwick was, when it came time to write entirely seriously, about someone else. Especially Suzuki, Roshi. I was a little nervous that this book might contain the type of gushing praise that has tended to be heaped upon deceased Buddhist teachers in America. But Crooked Cucumber offers a very balanced view of Suzuki Roshi, including not only stories that inspire one's admiration for the man, but also anecdotes that cause one to scratch one's head and wonder why he could be so infuriatingly fallible at times. As a result, I felt I could trust Chadwick's scholarship, and I wound up with a much more mature appreciation for this Zen "legend."
I have already said way too much. But I predict that Crooked Cucumber will wind up being regarded as one of the best Buddhist books ever written.
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Early Buddhists in India were inspired by the biographies of great teachers such as Shariputra and Ananda. For over a thousand years the Chinese have had the stories of their patriarchs, most notably Bodhidharma and the Sixth Patriarch. All Tibetans know by heart the details of the lives of Padmasambhava and Milarepa. For the Japanese, Kobo Daishi, Dogen and Hakuin have taught many millions through the examples found in their biographies. In every age and in every Buddhist country, the great teachers have repeatedly encouraged their followers to study the lives of various lineage holders. Now, at last, Westerners can benefit from the story of a man who successfully transplanted his lineage to American soil. Chadwick's book, the first of its kind in English, is a great contribution to Buddhist literature. Future biographers of other great teachers who have taught in America, such as Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama, will now have Crooked Cucumber to help them continue to record how the teachings of Buddhism are passed from one real country to another, from human teachers to human disciples. Most importantly, Chadwick has somehow enabled us to actually meet Suzuki Roshi, face-to-face. Finally, through this book, Suzuki Roshi subtly introduces us to one of his most perceptive, devoted and beloved students, David Chadwick, Suzuki's almost invisible biographer.
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David Chadwick's biography of Shunryu Suzuki is a warm, generous, and down-to-earth portrait of one of America's Zen patriarchs. David was a long-time student of Suzuki-roshi's and knew him well from firsthand experience. In addition, he went through the archives at San Francisco Zen Center and interviewed many people in Japan and America who knew Suzuki well. The result is a warm close-up of Suzuki's life and teaching. David gives us a picture of a human being, faults included, who never fails to appeal to us on the broadest level of a human being who was as fulfilled in his calling as one can hope to be. He appeals to us as much through his flaws and his basic humanity as he does through his teaching and wisdom. "Crooked Cucumber" gives us an immediate and direct view of a life‹ and death‹ well-lived. I was fortunate to be a student of Suzuki-roshi's in the mid 1960s and early '70-s. After reading David's biography I felt that I had had a refreshing walk with my old friend and teacher. He was an important teacher in American Zen Buddhism, one who had a significant influence not only on his students and disciples, but on thousands of people who never knew him. "Crooked Cucumber" gives us a fresh glimpse not only into Suzuki-roshi's life, but into his zen mind and his everyday mind, which are timeless and cannot be separated. I am very grateful for this book
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I liked this book very much for a lot of reasons. Perhaps the things I liked about it the best are (in no particular order):
The writing style is warm and accessible, you get a strong sense of presence not just with Suzuki but with all the key figures who are presented. Chadwick, though he was involved in so much of what went on in the latter history described in this book, maintains an admirable degree of transparency as an author. He has the voice of a gifted writer who doesn't take himself particularly seriously - something that is distressingly rare in gifted (and non-gifted) writers.
I also appreciated the fact that Suzuki was not presented as a some sort of god. Instead, Chadwick presents him to us as a real human being with occasional tendencies towards making mistakes or simply behaving like an actual human. It seems to me that in doing so the real greatness of Suzuki comes across much, much better. Indeed he seems all the more remarkable to me for it. Here is, in many respects, a normal man who forgets stuff, gets angry, etc. who nevertheless achieves remarkable things. I find this a lot more useful (and yes, inspiring) than reading about yet another "Mr./Ms. Perfect Spiritual Person" who bears no relation to me or my own flawed life.
Also, Chadwick does a marvelous job of conveying a sense of historical and situational context in his writing. This may be his greatest strength as a writer - the ability to get across the feel of a place, time, and situation. Check out Thank You and OK! for a really masterful example of this.
Finally, this book is damn funny in places. Humor, it seems to me, is central to American buddhism.
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