I was privileged to know Dr. Tien-An, whom I called Suto. I first met him when I took a collge class in Asian Philosophy and Religion in 1970. In the late 1970s I lived for over three years at his International Buddhist Meditation Center (I.B.M.C.) in Los Angeles. It was one of the most interesting, diverse communities imaginable. It was a home for Buddhists from around the world and all sects. However, most residents were not self-identified Buddhists. All the mainstream religions, including Native American Hopi, were represented and various new-age sects also. Some residents were more academically oriented. Dr. Tien-An with Dr. Leo Pruden founded the University of Oriental Studies on-campus which had a great library and was a big draw for scholars.
Dr. Tien-An was a remarkable man: kind, socially engaged, progressive, open-minded, funny, and very resourceful, besides being a fine Zen master. One of his less-known attainments: he was an accomplished ballroom dancer, an art he learned in Japan. He was a truly well-rounded man.
Dr. Tien-An helped thousands of Vietnamese immigrants adjust to their new lives in America when the Vietnamese War ended. There's a great out-of-print photo-essay book about life at I.B.M.C. called 'Taking Refuge in LA' that is available used on Amazon for less than $7. http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Refuge-L-A ... 0893812617
The photos are by well-known photographer Don Farber of the Buddhist Heritage Foundation. The text is by Buddhist journalist Rick Fields, and the introduction is by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh. As the original poster said, Dr. Tien-An's book, 'Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice' is great guide to Zen. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... tice&ajr=1
It's witten by a qualified Zen master who was a scholar had practiced in Vietnam and Japan and was able present Zen ideas in an informed, practical way.