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Friday, February 6, 2015

RIP Tara Treasurefield whom we knew as Pat Lang

 Tara died at 10:30am on February 5th. She was born on March 3rd, 1944.

Tara Treasurefield AKA Pat Lang, was a student at the San Francisco Zen Center from 1968 until just after Suzuki-roshi's death.  Suzuki-roshi remains her root and heart teacher.  She says that the time in her life when she felt most healthy and at peace was when she was a student at Tassajara.

Tara was 71 years old and lived in Sebastopol, CA.  After a long and protracted struggle with chronic pain due to severe neuropathy in her extremities especially her feet, and advanced osteoporosis, she has made the decision to end her life by stopping food and fluid intake.

- from an Elizabeth Sawyer email on caregivers helping and being with Tara. 

I had a touching talk with Tara a few days ago. We were good friends during her Zen Center years and said hi now and then in Sonoma County. More on her tomorrow. - DC