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To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki Hardcover – March 6, 2001
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Shunryu Suzuki said: "Life without zazen is like winding your clock without setting it. It works perfectly, but it doesn't tell time." These are the kind of wise quips that David Chadwick offers in To Shine One Corner of the World. Suzuki's biographer, Chadwick has never stopped looking for information about this always-entertaining and enlightening Zen master. In this collection of short remarks, Chadwick has continued the ancient tradition of recording a teacher's memorable quotes-- ones that are cute or puzzling the first time you hear them but that grow in profundity with time. With the publication of Suzuki's shining words here, his wisdom can illuminate many, many corners of the world. --Brian Bruya
From Publishers Weekly
Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, was one of the most influential Buddhist leaders in America until his death in 1971. He is still lovingly remembered by his students at the San Francisco Zen Center, who share their memories of the Zen master in To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki. The brief personal stories, which are contributed anonymously, offer a strong sense of the man, his teachings and his enduring sense of humor.
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I was concerned that the book's brevity would detract, but I've come to feel that this is it's real strength. If you are like me, you get more books on subjects like this than you can ever read. This one was so short and pleasant that I did read it. And finish it. And re-read it. Good for a quick dip into it's pages or to read cover to cover.
Stories of a Zen Master Told by His Students
Edited by David Chadwick, 2001
"We say, to shine one corner of the world -- just one corner. If you shine one corner, then people around you will feel better."
It has been said that when the student is ready, the master appears. To Shine One Corner of the World brings Suzuki Roshi to us through the gift of his students' recollections as beautifully as if we suddenly turned the corner and he stood before us. The editor of this delightful book, David Chadwick, studied and was ordained by Suzuki Roshi 30 years ago. The success of this small book lies in Chadwick's ability to allow the essence of Suzuki Roshi to shine through each page without extraneous editorializing. The words are those of Suzuki Roshi's students. The humor, the complexity, the mischievous nature of this Zen master is evident from first page to last.
Chadwick opens with a simple introduction of Suzuki Roshi's journey to the west coast of the United States from his native Japan and his mission to bring Zen Buddhism to the west. The introduction also includes a wonderful, straight forward explanation of the precepts of Zen Buddhism and Suzuki Roshi's teaching method, primarily silence. This leads us to a greater understanding of how, thirty years after his death, his students still recall his words. Chadwick presents these brief moments in time for us to interpret as the lessons appear for us.
Suzuki Roshi may not have spoken large quantities of words, but the words that he did speak were not limited to intensely serious profundity. From the student who received jelly beans after lamenting his snack habit to the student who was told "You get a gold star" when he sought the master's approval to putting a napkin on his head in a New York restaurant, we are shown that the master believed in levity as a powerful teaching tool. And yet, Chadwick also gives us a glance of the complexity of the master as Suzuki Roshi tells a group of students "When I say don't move, it doesn't mean you can't move."
To Shine One Corner of the World offers 122 moments experienced by students present during Suzuki Roshi's lifetime. Each vignette appears on an individual page leaving generous space for your own hand written thoughts as you contemplate the light of the master's words. The contributors to the book are listed in the back of the book so that there is no distraction from your experience of Suzuki Roshi within the pages. This small book shines with peace as the Suzuki Roshi's impish smile looks out from underneath shade trees in a photograph set within the lovely graphic design of a lotus blossom. David Chadwick has given us a jewel to be read again and again throughout all the days of our lives.
Kathryn Lanier lives in Colorado with her nine year old twins. She is a freelance writer, editor, and review columnist educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the College of Charleston. She is an internationally published author and works world wide with clients from four continents! She can be contacted for services and workshop information through Innerchange Magazine online.
David Chadwick's selection of anecdotes beautifully pieces together a portrait of Shunryu Suzuki, a Soto Zen priest who meant a lot of things to a lot of different people. Through the sharing of these individual experiences with Suzuki, a teaching as well as a sweet story of an unusual man emerges. An added bonus is getting a peek into this spiritual side of San Franciso in the 1960's.
The simplicity of structure works well with this book. You can open up to any page and dig in. You needn't be a Buddhist or a former student of Suzuki's to appreciate what's between the covers. Chadwick's introduction provides enough information about Suzuki to whet your appetite for the stories he shares. He also includes a glossary of Buddhist terms in the back of the book which I found helpful. For those who did know Shunryu Suzuki and his teachings I can imagine this book would be a treasure to keep right next to your family photo albums and personal journals.
I recommend this book to anyone seeking a little pleasure and understanding about everyday life. It's a book I'll keep on my nightstand for a bit of morning inspiration or as a last thought before drifting off at night. It's also a book I plan to share with friends.