photo: 11 apr 02

Before Philip Toshio Sudo left us in the Spring of 2002, he recorded this remarkable journal on the website, sharing with everyone his strength, vision, and heart. This final entry graced the front page of the site for months afterwards:

June 1 2002

Sorry to say, but the work of Zen Guitar has been put on hold lately. As some of you know, I've got a heavy-duty battle with cancer that's ongoing (my online cancer journal has more details). Unfortunately, that battle has taken all of my attention away from Zen Guitar. So if you've written me and haven't heard back, please be patient; I've got a mountain of correspondence, and I try to answer it when I can.

I still have high hopes for the ZG method book. If I can get that done (and get healthy), I see this site rising to a whole new level, providing the basis for workshops and a vibrant online community. With your help and some divine intervention, we can build this dojo into something grand.

As I've said before, the idea of an online Zen Guitar Dojo has so much potential, especially as the technological possiblities of the Internet increase. I've laid out some of those ideas in a ZG Plan. I welcome your comments on the plan, and any help you might offer to help realize it. In particular, if you have programming expertise or money to invest as an active partner, please contact me.

I'll continue building this site at my own pace, as my health allows. But the ultimate success will be determined by you (see Welcome). The more you can bring to this site, the better it will be. I'll announce the launch of the new site by e-mail when it is completed. (Sign the guest book to make sure you're on the mailing list.) In the meantime, be well, and may you follow the Way wherever it leads.

Phil's Cancer Journal

"The News is Bad," April 2, 2001

So said the doctor on that unforgettable morning. Here's what I sat down to write when I got home.


Announcement to Family and Friends, April 4, 2001

Breaking the news to loved ones.


Follow-up to Family and Friends, May 9, 2001

Updating the situation after getting some sober news.


Going Public With Cancer, July 17, 2001

Creating a public mission for my new book, Zen 24/7: All Zen/All the Time,in a memo to my publisher.


Interview with, August 22, 2001

An online Q&A session on zen and the art of living with cancer.


Follow-up to Family and Friends, September 6, 2001

Announcing a new stage in treatment with an appeal for help.


Not Just Another Day, September 11, 2001

How quickly things can change.


On Anger and Peace, September 12, 2001

Why I feel no rage over my cancer.


Hungry for Life, September 18, 2001

One week later, preparing for surgery all over again.


First Down, September 25, 2001

Surgery's over. Next.


A Cup of Water, September 27, 2001

Where the journey of relearning to eat begins.


Re: The Darker Side, September 30, 2001

A question begs an answer.


Radio Interview with Michael Toms, October 1, 2001

A one-hour interview on Wisdom Radio discussing zen and my battle with cancer. Here's how to request to hear it.


Slow Days and a Mother's Love, October 16, 2001

Grinding my way through the dog days of recovery, with the help of one special mom.


Happy Birthday, October 20, 2001

Reaching a milestone.


Giving Thanks, November 22, 2001

A thought for Thanksgiving.


No Mas, December 5, 2001

"The most aggressive course of treatment in the world" lives up to its billing.


Silent Night, December 24, 2001

'Twas the night before Christmas . . .


Gone But Not Forgotten, January 15, 2002

On the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, remembering some vital lives who've inspired me in my fight against cancer.


E-mail to Family and Friends, January 21, 2002

Results of the first post-op CAT scan.


A.D.Y., February 28, 2002

It's been awhile, I know.


A Year in Minutes, April 2, 2002

Marking the first of what I hope will be many, many anniversaries.


Back to Life, Back to Reality, May 2, 2002

A rough return from two weeks in paradise.


I'm With Al Michaels, May 5, 2002

Wanted: One miracle.


A.D.Y., Redux, May 7, 2002

Here we go again. Wouldya please not count me out?


My Body, May 26, 2002

Mirror, mirror, on the wall. What is that?

Memorial, June , 2002

Information about Phil's Memorial Service


When Daddy Dies, June 30, 2002

A poem Phil wrote for his children on April 29, 2001

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