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All known to us film from the Suzuki era

Cuke Video on Youtube - much easier to use than herein which is more of an archive and info center - in progress (9-30-15)

Source material

NEW May 2020: Rite - Another short film made in 1968 at Tassajara.

Zen Mountain Center - KQED 16 mm film - summer 1968 (45:24)  - 1968. Now redone and expanded, presented in full and in segments with slide show and stills. Updated 11-16

Shunryu Suzuki and students at Tassajara - Shunryu Suzuki and Tassajara (1970) presented in full and in segments plus outtakes and stills (9-25-15) Not on Youtube.

San Do Kai - black and white 16 mm no sound in original - of Suzuki giving talk in Tassajara zendo 1970 (15:56) - now in this section is Branches of the Sandokai, the O'Connor and Wenger production with Shunryu Suzuki's voice from the June 3, 1970 lecture synched with excerpts from the film and stills.

Tassajara Spring 68 - A 4.5 minute film made by a guest in the spring of 1968 at Tassajara.

Rite - a 6 minute "tone poem" with film and stills from 1968

Nona Ransom films from c.1935

Shoganji - the temple where Shunryu Suzuki was born - 1998 video by Mark Petchey [posted 9-19-15]

Mitsu suzuki slide show and stills

Five Shorts made by students at San Francisco State University Cinema Department in 1998 using the source film plus new footage. [all MP4]

A Pearl Rolling Across a Table (6:59) - featuring Jakusho Bill Kwong

An Ordinary Stone (6:10) - featuring Shinko Laura Kwong

Beginner's Mind (4:27) - Suzuki on "Why I became a priest" - from a lecture he gave on September 16, 1969. Page for this lecture.

How Do You Like Zazen (5:17) - How do you like brown rice? Page for this lecture given on Feb. 1, 1970.

What You're Left With (6:27) - featuring Yvonne Rand

2006 video of Tassajara (10:01) from Mel Van Dusen's Present! - Talks of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (26:18) is at Mel Van Dusen's Youtube channel here. It's a a composite of old and new footage. The old footage is all available here on this page already but his Tassajara video is unique so that's what's presented here.

You can also see an interview he did with me at his channel, Present! Zen Failure. - dc

One Particle of Dust (1:14:11) - 2005 - This was a DVD made available by the SFZC under Michael Wenger's supervision. He and Timothy O'Connor Fraser produced it. It included the entire Zen in America, Zen Mt. Center, and Beginner's Mind films and contained much from the Sandokai black and white film with Suzuki's voice from that lecture synched with his image plus stills. The unique material from this film is the excellent Branches of the Sandokai which is now presented as a whole in the Sandokai section above. The entire contents of that DVD are available from links on this page. It's no longer practical or necessary to view it all together though for a while it was the only way for most to view these films outside of a ZC presentation and those were rare.

Had the film professionally copied on high quality VHS and Beta back in 2000 or so and around 2008 had it all transferred to high resolution standard US DVD digital both at Fiske Video in Mill Valley, CA. Richard Baker had the Nona Ransom Japan film transferred to video in Colorado. In 2013 had the original film digitized. There had been such deterioration that the older digitizing from hi def video was better in almost every case. But new footage from the Unnamed outtakes was added and discovered the 1968 short film made at Tassajara (which was serindipitously sent to me by the maker a half year later so it's his version with further work we're using here. This section expanded and improved a good deal since 2013. - dc