Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Richard Baker

               Richard Baker was the heir of Shunryu Suzuki who built the San Francisco Zen Center into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Jan Chozen Bays, however, told me the story about a visit he paid to the Zen Center of Los Angeles. “I remember very distinctly sitting down with him, with Mushin and me and a couple of other women who were running Zen Center at the time, and we just had this very down to earth conversation with him. And he said the most interesting thing. He said, in talking about the empire he had built, and that we had built, but he was talking about his own empire, he said something like, ‘You know, everything is impermanent, and it may all come crashing down one day.’”

[Richard Baker – The Third Step East: 9, 86, 90, 107, 136, 137, 139, 144, 161, 171, 174, 212, 221, 222, 224-25, 230, 245]

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