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Mitsu Suzuki is the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center. After he passed away in 1971, she remained at Zen Center where she taught tea ceremony and began writing poetry. Her first collection of haiku, "Temple Dust," was published in 1992. The 100 haiku selected for "A White Tea Bowl" were written after her return to Japan in 1993. She will be 100 years old on April 27, 2014. Kate McCandless is a Zen teacher at Mountain Rain Zen Community, Vancouver, Canada. She studied Japanese language and poetry at the University of British Columbia and Tsukuba University, Japan. Based in Vancouver, Kate works as a counselor in hospice and bereavement care. Norman Fischer is a poet, priest, and a former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. He is founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation, dedicated to sharing Zen teaching and practice widely with the world. He lives in Muir Beach, CA. Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Zen teacher, a translator, and an artist renowned for his works of calligraphy. Based in Berkeley, CA, his numerous books include "Enlightenment Unfolds, Brush Mind," and "Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan."

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the number-one popular chance these days for someone to write bad poetry. Mitsu Suzuki’s first collection in translation 20 Nov 2014
By Glenn J. Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Teaching lineages, so important in Buddhism, sometimes get extended in the most unusual ways. Mitsu Suzuki, widow to Shunryu and such a touching presence in CROOKED CUCUMBER, is a master of the tea ceremony, seems to have acted as den mother to the Tassajara community, and, surprise of all surprises, is an accomplished poet in the haiku tradition. Someone once said of the Irish pennywhistle that it was an instrument that anyone could play but very few could play well; likewise the haiku, the number-one popular chance these days for someone to write bad poetry. Mitsu Suzuki’s first collection in translation, TEMPLE DUSK (Parallax Press, 1991, translated by Gregory Wood) is lovely, with one fine poem after another; her second, A WHITE TEA BOWL, translated by Kate McCandless and published by Rodmell Press in honor of Suzuki’s hundredth birthday on April 23, 2014, is as good a collection as any I’ve read by any contemporary practicioner. Splendid work.

Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes at www.bookbarnniantic.com
Just beautiful 19 Mar 2014
By Two Bears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think the Amazon reviewer completely missed the point of this book. As far as I can see this book was published in honor of its author's 100th birthday and I'm not sure who the reviewer thinks would better serve that than the students who honor her so much. It is a lovely book!
Wonderful book 30 Oct 2014
By Share Dewees - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. If you love Haiku you will not be disappointed.
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