David Chadwick

David Chadwick is the author of Crooked Cucumber, a biography of Shunryu Suzuki, and Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki. His website, cuke.com, is an archive of the world of Suzuki Roshi and those who knew him.

Recent Articles

Buddhadharma on Books: Summer 2024

Constance Kassor reviews the latest in Buddhist books, including The Jhanas, Buddhism Between Religion and Philosophy, and more.

Buddhadharma on Books: Spring 2024

Constance Kassor reviews "The Sound of Vulture’s Wings" by Jeffrey W. Cupchik, "The Kalachakra Mandala" by Edward Henning, "Xuedou’s 100 Odes to Old Cases" by Steven Heine, and more.

Buddhadharma on Books: Winter 2023

Constance Kassor reviews “Notebooks of a Wandering Monk” by Matthieu Ricard, “Illumination” by Rebecca Li, “The Buddhist Tantras” by David B. Gray, and more.

Can We Know Others’ Worlds?

Constance Kassor reviews "Other Lives: Mind and World in Indian Buddhism," by Sonam Kachru.

Patience Isn’t Passive

Constance Kassor explains why patience isn’t a passive tolerance of harm. Instead, patience requires a recognition of the deep interconnectedness of the world and an active engagement with it.

Alan Watts

Celebrating the Life & Teachings of Alan Watts

Alan Watts did as much as anyone to introduce Americans to Buddhism. David Chadwick recalls his friend, the unconventional philosopher.

Suzuki Roshi

Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara

David Chadwich describes the early days of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and the ways which Suzuki Roshi related to the American mind.

Lion's Roar

Intoxicants: Name Your Poison

I like to get a little out of it now and then, but I don't like to get too out of it too much, and thus my rule is to do as little as possible of any intoxicants, including caffeine.