John Tarrant Roshi in a short interview with host David Chadwick, author of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s biography, Crooked Cucumber. Recorded for the Cuke Podcast, December 2021.
Recorded for Cuke Podcast in December 2021
About the host:
David Chadwick came to San Francisco in 1966 to study Zen with the Soto master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at San Francisco Zen Center. He was ordained as a priest in 1971 before Suzuki Roshi’s death that year, and worked in the Zen Center’s operations for a number of years thereafter. Since then, David has written a series of books about Suzuki Roshi, most notably the acclaimed biography Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki. He has also written an account of his own four years spent in a Japanese monastery, called Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan. On that very funny and poignant book:
“Thank You & OK is one of the great classics of American Zen, and one of the most astute books about Japan ever written by a foreigner.” —Taigen Dan Leighton