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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


Zen Mountain Center - KQED 16 mm film - summer 1968 (45:24)  - 1968. Now redone and expanded, presented in full and in segments with stills (9-28-15) - 1-21-16 - Mitsu Suzuki edit posted here.

-----Slide show of photos with Mitsu Suzuki

Zen in America - from the film Sunseed - Shunryu Suzuki and Tassajara (1970) section from a feature 35 mm documentary for theaters featuring gurus. - redone and expanded, presented in full and in segments plus outtakes and stills (9-25-15)

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.

Nona Ransom's Japan film - Suzuki's English teacher's 16 mm film from the 30s. A bit of the young (early thirties) Shunryu Suzuki on the deck having tea and fanning with a fellow monk at 5:30 and in the scene immediately . (total - 11:21) Suzuki footage from this film (2:55).

Nona Ransom's Travel film - Also the 30s - no Suzuki - here cause where else would it go? (1:23:59)

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


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

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 Sunseed 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