This book reads like a novel and for all I know it may be one since the author has also written crime short stories.
Yet his books were also haunting in their deceptively simple use of language to describe the teachings of "a special transmission outside the scriptures."
If you are looking to be a better person, reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, or become one with the Universe, take a pass.
A note regarding the trilogy: Van de Wetering's account of his experience and reflections on the Buddhist path is entertaining and insightful, though inconclusive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LostMarble
I really enjoyed this book as I was in a monastery and found much of the same. Thanks for a great readPublished 8 months ago by David Anderson
I've read a couple of other books by this author and liked them a lot. I was cranky when I started this one and did not like it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Buddha Baby
I enjoyed a friendship with Janwillem van de Wetering from our first meeting in 1981 until his death in 2008. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Paul Kirchner
Reading this book in 2000 while trying to learn Buddhist meditation methods, and having spent myself six years in a spiritual organization 20 years earlier led by an esoteric... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by G. Charles Steiner
Unlike Van De Wetering's two prior Zen books, this one lacks a coherent narrative. Each chapter stands on its own as a reflection on the meaning of a koan, or an encounter with... Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Carl of Mariemont
Thank you Janwillem for showing us your path. I learned something reading
your book. I guess you would say: there is no path, there is no I, there is no
book. Read more
If you're looking for a romanticized reminiscence that makes you want to run to a Zen monastery and find 'peace', don't read this book (or any of Janwillem's Zen books). Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by John E. Fortunato
I wept when I finished this book. Van de Wetering's pain and disappointment suffuse this elegant portrayal of the conceits, dishonesty and human foibles that afflict even... Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Christopher Amato