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Special Karma: A Zen Novel of Love and Folly Paperback – November 2, 2011
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"I want to express my gratitude for Benezra's steady view of Zen practice--both its shining beauty and its shadows. Benezra has illuminated important topics in a well written, gripping novel." - Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson, author of Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters
"Special Karma is the only novel I know of that presents the theme of the sexual misconduct of a Zen master, a delicate subject Benezra handles with understatement and irony. I hope you will read Special Karma with as much pleasure as I have." - Sandy Boucher, author of Turning the Wheel: American Women Create the New Buddhism
"For anyone interested in the fine-print of spiritual life, Special Karma is special indeed, a wonderful picture of what it is like when the challenge is accepted and the implications of that invitation are, for better and for worse, embraced." - Genkaku Adam Fisher, author of Answer Your Love Letters: Footnotes to a Zen Practice
"It is my sincere hope that the continued dialogue prompted by such courageous and revelatory writing as Merry's will keep the pressure on." - Genjo Marinello, Abbot of Chobo-Ji, Seattle.
A wonderful evocation, Special Karma is part of the opening up of a desperately needed conversation about what is genuine in the "spiritual" quest - in Zen in particular. – Eric Storlie, author of Nothing on My Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters, and a Life on the Dharma Trail
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also, this turned out to be one of those books lately printed up to order , apparently, by Amazon.
I tossed it into the recycle bin.