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A White Tea Bowl: 100 Haiku from 100 Years of Life

Authors: Suzuki, Mitsu
Publisher: Shambhala
BISAC/Subject: REL092000, POE025000, POE009010
ISBN: 9781930485822, Related ISBNs: 1930485352, 1930485824, 9781930485358, 9781930485822
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 168,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A White Tea Bowl is a selection of 100 haiku written by Mitsu Suzuki, the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and published in celebration of her 100th birthday. The compelling introduction by Zen priest Norman Fischer describes the profound impact on her life and work of war in Japan and social upheaval in America.

Part I: 100 Haiku presents a kaleidoscope of poems by Mitsu Suzuki that touch all aspects of her being: her dedication to the Buddha way, the loneliness of a widow's life, her generational role as "Candy Auntie," her sensitive attunement to nature, and her moments of insight into the dharma. The more you read these haiku, the more their wisdom will emerge.

Part II: Pickles and Tea contains reminiscences and anecdotes about Mitsu Suzuki by those who lived and studied with her at the San Francisco Zen Center; 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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