One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir

One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir

by Henry Shukman

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Overview

"If you've ever wondered how a messed up kid like you or me might master the wisdom of Zen, One Blade of Grass is the adventure for you. It's great company—and after reading it, you might recognize that you're further along than you imagined." —David Hinton, editor and translator of The Four Chinese Classics and author of The Wilds of Poetry

One Blade of Grass tells the story of how meditation practice helped Henry Shukman to recover from the depression, anxiety, and chronic eczema he had had since childhood and to integrate a sudden spiritual awakening into his life. By turns humorous and moving, this beautifully written memoir demystifies Zen training, casting its profound insights in simple, lucid language, and takes the reader on a journey of their own, into the hidden treasures of life that contemplative practice can reveal to any of us.

"This heartfelt and beautifully written memoir provides one of the most insightful, informative, and honest accounts of Zen practice yet to appear in English." —Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092631
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 298,108
File size: 862 KB

About the Author

HENRY SHUKMAN is originally from Britain and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he leads Mountain Cloud Zen Center and is codirector of the Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute. He is an award-winning poet and writer and an associate master in the Sanbo Zen lineage. Find out more at mountaincloud.org.
HENRY SHUKMAN is an English poet and writer. He is the recipient of the Arvon Poetry Prize, the Jerwood Aldeburgh Poetry Prize, the Author's Club First Novel Award, an Arts Council England Writer’s Award, and was named a finalist for the O. Henry Award. He teaches at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a Zen Teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage.

Table of Contents

Preface
Part One: One Bright Pearl
Speedy’s Dog
Skin Deep
The Gap
Homecoming
The Alternatives
Tired of London, Tired of Life
Part Two: The Ox and the Mosquito
Lawrence Land
Reluctant Mystic
Monastery
Teacher, Teacher
Sweet Obedience
Black Hole
Part Three: Calf Born of a Bull
Koan of the Suburbs
Absolute Zero
Book Burial
No Other
Mountain Cloud
Epilogue

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