Teachers & Priests
Daju Huihai Suzanne Friedman
June 21, 1968 - March 3, 2014
Peace, my heart,
let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death
Let love melt into memory
and pain into songs.
Let the ﬂight through the sky end
in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle
like the ﬂower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End,
for a moment,
and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp
to light you on your way.
Daju Huihai Suzanne Friedman was first introduced to Zen in 1988 as part of her college major in Japanese Language and Literature. The following year she moved to Japan and lived at the Nagaoka Zen Juku, a Rinzai Zen monastery, where she embarrassed herself daily. She returned to the States and became an immigration defense litigation attorney, of course. She practiced law for almost 10 years before becoming a Chinese medicine doctor and professor.
After learning that Zen is what happened when Buddhism met Daoism (Taoism) in China, Daju went on to become a Daoist scholar and qigong master. Daju taught Daoist qigong and spirituality at two Chinese medicine schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She led Hollow Bones Zen meditation and services in San Francisco as well (www.robeandbowl.com).
Daju was an award-winning haiku poet and the proud owner of two rescued chihuahuas. She studied and played the shakuhachi (Japanese Zen bamboo flute) as a meditative practice.