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June 9, 2015

Notes from the Funeral for Daigan Lueck

The funeral for Daigan at Green Gulch Farm on Sunday, June 7, 2015, was led by his teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer, as well as Tenshin Reb Anderson and Furyu Nancy Schroeder. Pages from the program are shown below, along with a photo of the altar spread with several of Daigan’s priestly effects and remembrances. One of Daigan’s poems, poignantly appropriate to the occasion, was included in the program. read more…

May 27, 2015

Raising a Bell Tower: A Message from Arlene Lueck


Dear Friends,

For those of you who have written, called and otherwise reached out, thank you so much for your kindness and your expressions of support and love of Daigan.

For many years both at Tassajara and Green Gulch, Daigan was devoted to teaching the students how to wake up the bells. He was one of the best instructors of the doan ryo. He had a great love and respect for the sounds of the zendo.

Many people have been asking via Facebook, email, telephone and cards, “What can I do?” read more…

May 1, 2015

A Poem by Daigan

This poem comes courtesy of Arlene Lueck.

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April 30, 2015

Green Gulch Dharma Teacher Daigan Lueck Passes Away

Daigan Tatsudo David William Lueck (Great Vow, Accomplished the Way)
January 27, 1931 – April 26, 2015

Daigan Lueck was born in Minneapolis in 1931. He served as a medic in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and remained in Asia for some years, living in Japan.

Daigan Lueck in the Green Gulch zendo (Photo: Alison Bank)

Daigan Lueck in the Green Gulch zendo (Photo: Alison Bank)

After returning from Japan, Daigan joined the Firehouse Theater Company in Minneapolis, an innovative group of performers with whom he remained close his whole life. His acting ability was quite evident in his dharma talks and other public—and sometimes private—occasions.

Driven to become a Zen priest by his restless questioning and desperate need for meaning, Daigan had the heart of an artist. read more…

February 12, 2014

Saying Farewell: A Record of the Funeral for Myogen


The procession, presenting several ceremonial objects at the altar, such as Steve’s robes, bowls, staff and other items. His ashes were carried in around the neck of Linda Ruth Cutts, as shown here.
(All ceremony photos by Shundo David Haye.)

The funeral ceremony for Abbot Steve was held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center on Sunday, February 9, at 3 pm. The two-hour ceremony was live streamed on the web and projected on screens for the overflow seating in Cloud Hall at Green Gulch and in the dining room at City Center—all while a steady downpour refreshed the land amid one of the most severe regional droughts on record. A reception afterward filled both the Green Gulch dining room and the Wheelwright Center. This post offers some records from the day honoring the memory of Myogen: read more…

January 8, 2014

Subtle Eye Blog for Myogen Steven Stücky

For a complete collection of information on Steve during his illness and after, visit The site contains reflections from Steve and his caregivers during his illness and information on related ceremonies, as well as many comments.


January 2, 2014

In Memoriam: Myogen Steve Stücky

Daitsu Myogen Steven Stücky (Great Pervading Subtle Eye; March 6, 1946 – December 31, 2013)

San Francisco Zen Center’s first central abbot, Myogen Steve Stücky, died shortly after 4:00 on the morning of December 31 at his home in Rohnert Park, California. He was 67. SteveStucky_RenshinBunce_withPhCredit_colorbalSince receiving a diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer in late September, he has been widely admired for courageously sharing publicly his ongoing personal process of living with terminal illness, first in a dharma talk titled “Gratitude,” given two days after receiving his diagnosis, and subsequently with posts on his Subtle Eye blog. His longtime emphasis on body practice—learning from and respecting the body—took on a particular poignancy in the months leading up to his death. As he said in his talk, “Each of us can do something, right up to the last moment.”
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August 27, 2012

Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony for Katherine Thanas

Katherine Thanas
A memorial ceremony to honor Karin Sobun / Katherine Thanas, and marking 100 days since her passing from this world, will be held at Green Gulch Farm on Sunday, September 30, at 3pm.

Founder of the Monterey Bay Zen Center and one of the original students of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Katherine died on June 24 at the age of 85.

For more information, please see:

July 18, 2012

Remembering David

David Coady as Benji

David Coady as Benji at Tassajara.
Photo: Renshin Bunce

An informal gathering to mark the one-year anniversary of David Coady’s death will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 5pm.

Sunday, July 22
5-7 p.m.
SF Zen Center Conference Center
308 Page Street
San Francisco

Anyone who knew David is welcome to attend.

Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky emailed members of the City Center sangha to say he’d be at Tassajara during the gathering. At Tassajara, they’ll be holding an anniversary memorial service on the 21st and an Oban ceremony the evening of the 22nd.

Abbot Steve continued:

As Patrick Arbore has reminded us, grieving is a life-long deepening of experience. All our lives are enriched by these ways we have to recognize that our connections with each other are already greater than our usual ideas of birth and death. Please enjoy each other’s company as you remember our friendship with the one we called “Coady.”

Please feel free to bring food, beverage, music, stories, photos, or other memorabilia that remind you of David.

June 27, 2012

“‘Farewell dear friend’ by David Chadwick”

Also at Sweeping Zen, David Chadwick — Suzuki roshi biographer and Zen priest — offers Katherine Thanas a loving farewell:

I met Katherine when she first came to sit and practice with Suzuki Roshi and the rest of us in 1967. She was older than many of us, late thirties, was quiet and curious. Katherine always questioned assumptions, not in a contrarian way, really sincerely. . . .

My agent and friend Michael Katz says he felt especially close to her, that she met everyone on level ground.

via Sweeping Zen: ‘Farewell dear friend’ by David Chadwick

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