Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

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University of California Press
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5.22 X 8.03 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi came to the United States in 1959, leaving his temple in Yaizu, Japan, to serve as priest for the Japanese American congregation at Sokoji Temple in San Francisco. In 1967 he and his students created the first Zen Buddhist monastery in America at Tassajara in the coastal mountains south of San Francisco. Suzuki Roshi died in 1971 at age 67, a year and a half after delivering his teaching on the Sandokai. He may have had a premonition of his coming death when he said that it was common for Zen teachers in the Soto tradition to lecture on the Sandokai near the end of life.
Mel Weitsman is the former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and current abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Michael Wenger is Dean of Buddhist Studies at the San Francisco Zen Center.


'In a sequel to his "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi explores even more deeply the meaning and value of recognizing non-duality in our lives. . . . Suzuki Roshi's commentary on this difficult work is characteristically insightful. But it is the question and answer exchanges with his students, included at the end of each talk, that reveal his wisdom, humor and warmth to greater advantage."--Shambhala Sun