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Crooked Cucumber Comes to America

Mitsu once asked him, “What are you thinking about all the time?” “How to establish Buddhism in America,” he answered. From an early age Shunryu Suzuki, a Japanese monk, dreamed of bringing Buddhism, as he understood it, to the West, the way of his teachers and ancestors. He not only dreamed, he studied hard, prepared, struggled, suffered, and matured. It took so long to come true he almost gave up his dream. He later said it was good he hadn’t gone earlier, for he wasn’t yet ri...