Ananda Claude Dalenberg 1927 - 2008 Ananda Claude Dalenberg journeyed on to The Pure Land early February 18, 2008. He was born on July 2, 1927, in South Holland, IL. After serving in the Navy at the end of World War II, he attended Northwestern University. Then he came to San Francisco and studied Buddhism with Alan Watts. He taught English as a second language at John Adams and Alemany Adult Schools. He studied intensively with Suzuki Shunryu Roshi at the SF Zen Center and became a priest. He helped set up the study center and library there. Ananda went to Japan, Southeast Asia and India. Like his friends, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, he was one of the characters in "The Dharma Bums." He sought other forms of Buddhism and attended the Jodo Shinshu Temple in San Francisco and helped organize the Buddhist Council of Northern California. He created a correspondence group, "Cloud Hidden Friends Letter," which shared religious insights. He married Vera Haile and had twin daughters Diane and Laura. There will be a ceremony commemorating his life on Thursday, Feb. 21st, 4:15 p.m. at the Zen Center, 300 Page St., SF.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 20, 2008