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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Another side of Shunryu Suzuki

Phillip Wilson was at Rinsoin some in the mid-sixties. Suzuki had sent him to Eiheiji where he stayed for two practice periods. Here's a quote from an old interview with Phillip that shows a side of Shunryu Suzuki that I'd not heard before. I wish I'd included this in Crooked Cucumber to balance some of the less cheery, more remote things his offspring said about him. I included a couple of photos to support the point. - dc

Did you meet his daughter? She talked about Reverend Suzuki as a young man and how they used to go to the beach and play and go swimming. I had never pictured him playing. They said he liked to go to the beach and have a good time. Probably he got so busy with the temple that he couldn't do it very often. They said he was very athletic and loved the outdoors.