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A White Tea Bowl
100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life
by Mitsu Suzuki

A White Tea Bowl by Mitsu Suzuki


 
A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life is a selection of poems written by Mitsu Suzuki, the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center. After he passed away in 1971, she remained at Zen Center where she taught tea ceremony and began writing poetry. Her first collection of haiku, Temple Dust, was published in 1992.

These 100 haiku, written after her return to Japan in 1993, were chosen by editor Kazuaki Tanahashi and translated by Zen teacher Kate McCandless to celebrate Mitsu's one hundredth birthday on April 23, 2014. The introduction by Zen poet and priest Norman Fischer describes, with loving detail, a meeting with Mitsu at Rinso-in temple in 2010, considers the formative impact on her life of war in Japan and social upheaval in America, and places her poetry in the evolution of haiku as an international form.

Part I: Haiku presents haiku by Mitsu Suzuki organized under the following sections: Temple Bells, A Widow's Life, Three Generations, Peach Blossoms Open, No Limit to Kindness. Each haiku includes the English translation, the Japanese characters, and a transliteration of the Japanese.

Part II: Pickles and Tea contains teaching stories and anecdotes about Mitsu Suzuki by those who lived and studied with her at San Francisco Zen Center: Reb Anderson, Victoria Austin, Ed Brown, Peter Coyote, Yvonne Rand, Paul Rosenblum, and Mary Watson. Often these meetings took place in Mitsu's kitchen where she provided countless cups of tea, cookies, and homemade pickles, as well as sage advice.


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