A look at the history of Tassajara Hot Springs, for millennia used by Native Americans who went there to cure their ills. In the 1800s the Spanish came, then trappers and homesteaders. First accessible only by foot or horse, a road was cut through the mountains by Chinese laborers so that horse-drawn wagons could make the treacherous trip. With photos and stories of those times up to the mid-eighties: tents, log cabins, fish and game, the early cars, the people and their attire, the sandstone hotel. This famed resort in the 1960s become the site of the Western world's first Zen Buddhist monastery founded by Shunryu Suzuki, author of the classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
With its healing waters, rugged remoteness, memorable characters, perilous road, fires, restorations, conversations under Gossip Oak, peace and quiet, Tassajara has a special place in the hearts of those who've traveled there. Marilyn McDonald has given us its history which endears us even more to this unique retreat nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Monterey County, California.
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About the Author
David Chadwick (foreword, afterword, editor, production, minor design) - Born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1945. Went to San Francisco in 1966, got involved with the SF Zen Center. Helped Tassajara Zen Mountain Center get up and running from 1967. Ordained as a priest by the San Fransisco Zen Center founder, Shunryu Suzuki in 1971. Lives in Bali, Indonesia with his wife Katrinka McKay since 2013 where he continues his writing and archiving about Shunryu Suzuki and those whose paths crossed in those early years of the SFZC. He has two sons, Kelly and Clayton. His main web site is www.cuke.com
Table of Contents
Native Americans at Tassajara 1
Tassajara Hot Springs Resort 5
Tassajara Zen Center 131
McDonald's Acknowledgements 170
On Producing this Book 171
Author photo 174