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Edward Espe Brown

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Early Life:
– Brown’s mother died when he was three years old
– His father sent him and his brother to an orphanage in California
– Brown was inspired to bake bread by his aunt Alice’s homemade bread
– His mother initially refused to teach him to bake bread
– Brown learned to bake bread 11 years later from chefs at Tassajara

San Francisco:
– Brown wrote “The Tassajara Bread Book” in 1970
– He lived and worked at various Zen centers in San Francisco
– Brown was ordained as a Zen priest by Shunryu Suzuki in 1971
– He co-founded the vegetarian Greens Restaurant
– Brown edited Suzuki’s book “Not Always So” in 2002

Later Years:
– Brown leads the Peaceful Sea Sangha in California
– He teaches meditation, baking, and cooking workshops
– Brown combines zazen with qigong, yoga, and handwriting change
– He appeared in the documentary “How to Cook Your Life” in 2007
– Brown emphasizes the connection between cooking, personal growth, and relationships

– Notable books by Brown include “The Tassajara Bread Book” and “The Greens Cookbook”
– He has authored books on cooking, recipes, and Zen teachings
– Brown’s books have been published by various publishers
– Some of his books focus on the spiritual practice of cooking
– Brown’s works have been well-received in the Zen and culinary communities

See Also:
– “Timeline of Zen Buddhism in the United States” is a related topic

– Various sources have covered Brown’s life and work
– Articles from The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications mention Brown
– Brown’s involvement in Zen Buddhism and cooking has been documented
– The documentary “How to Cook Your Life” and other films feature Brown
– Additional references provide insights into Brown’s teachings and contributions

Edward Espe Brown (Wikipedia)

"Kainei" Edward Espé Brown (born March 24, 1945) is an American Zen teacher and writer. He is the author of The Tassajara Bread Book, written at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, as well as the co-author of The Greens Cookbook, with Deborah Madison.

Edward Espé Brown
Born (1945-03-24) March 24, 1945 (age 79)
ReligionZen Buddhism
LineageShunryu Suzuki
Senior posting
TeacherSojun Mel Weitsman
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