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Title Oral History of Matthew Davis
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Matthew Davis was born in Nebraska, grew up in Oregon, and finally settled in the Bay Area, California in the late 1950s. After studying at the University of Oregon, Davis travelled to Japan while in the Navy, where he was intrigued by the country’s
culture and landscape. Davis then moved to Point Richmond, and later to Mill Valley, where he started a family. It was in Mill Valley that he was inspired by Mount Tamalpais and met other like-minded local artists and Buddhists, including Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. Together, they began the long-standing local tradition of "circumambulation" of Mount Tamalpais, a meditative, often spiritual, day-long journey
around the mountain. His love of Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais led Davis to write his book Opening the Mountain: Circumambulating Mount Tamalpais: A ritual walk.
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Dates of Creation 2015-05-01
Narrator's name Matthew Davis
Interviewer Debra Schwartz
Extent and Medium Transcript: 12pp
Recording: 00:49:48
Search Terms Collier, Robin
Dimitroff, Steve
Dimitroff’s Art Store
Dipsea Trail
Dixon, Trudy
Druid Heights
Fern Canyon
Ginsberg, Allen
Greensfelder, Bob
Homestead Trail
Homestead Valley
Japan
Killion, Tom
Klyce, Al
Kwong, Will "Jakusho"
Matt Davis Trail
Milchev, Sita
Mill Valley
Mount Tamalpais
Pantoll
Pettibone, Laura
Pine Street Clinic, San Anselmo
Roshi Suzuki
Saijo, Albert
San Andreas Fault
San Francisco Zen Center
Snyder, Gary
Sonoma Zen Center
Steep Ravine
Taggart, Joanne
Tamalpais Conservation Club
University of Oregon
Watts, Alan
Whalen, Philip
Object ID 2015.045.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.