Philip Kapleau papers, 1952-2009 and undated 24 Linear Feet
Papers related to Kapleau's role as a Zen teacher, to his writings, and to his personal concerns such as his health and Parkinson's disease. He corresponded with students and Zen practitioners all over the world and kept copies of his responses. There are a few notable letters from the 1950s, one from D.T. Suzuki and one from Hakuun Yasutani (written to Kapleau's sister Jean Kapleau). Many of the letters are from people who learned about Kapleau by reading his book, "The Three Pillars of Zen." Other letters pertain to the Rochester Zen Center (New York) and many other Zen centers. The subject files contain articles (many that are written by others), clippings, newsletters, and notes related to politics, animal rights, religion, environmentalism, Zen workshops, psychotherapy, travel, and health and diet. Some of Kapleau's notes are written in shorthand and there are some materials in Japanese. The recorded teishos (dharma talks) were mainly recorded during sesshin (retreats). According to the tape labels, there are various speakers including Kapleau, Toni Packer, and Bodhin Kjolhede (all of whom led the Rochester Zen Center at different times).