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…
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.
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. read more…
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…
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. Since 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.”
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.
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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
SF Zen Center Conference Center
308 Page Street
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.
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
Adam Tebbe at Sweeping Zen offers a thoughtful obituary for Katherine Thanas:
Kind. Considerate. Radiant. Playful. These are words people used to describe Katherine Sobun Thanas when I told them I’d be doing this piece on her. Katherine passed away at 9:45 this morning at the ripe age of 85, this after being hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz (having slipped in to a coma stemming from a serious head injury earlier in the week).
via Sweeping Zen: “In loving memory of Katherine Sobun Thanas, Roshi”