SHUNRYU SUZUKI ROSHI was a Japanese Zen priest who belonged to the Soto lineage. Roshi arrived in San Francisco in 1959 at the age of fifty-four. Already a respected Zen master in Japan, he was impressed by the seriousness and quality of "beginner's mind" among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided to settle there.
As more and more people of non-Japanese background joined him in meditation, the San Francisco Zen Center came into being and he was its first abbot. Under his tutelage, the Zen Center grew into City Center, Green Gulch Farm . . .
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