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Book Description

In this evocative and entertaining fictional memoir, nineteen-year-old Dan Hennessey takes us on a journey to the epicenter of the beat movement — San Francisco 1956, the year of Howl and The Dharma Bums. As he gets swept up in the fervor of the San Francisco Renaissance, he meets cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and spiritual figures like Alan Watts and Jiddu Krishnamurti, each of whom serves as a catalyst for his awakening. But the man who becomes his spiritual and musical mentor, the man the poet Gary Snyder called the jazz master, is a tenor saxophonist, ex-Zen monk who teaches him Zen through the art of jazz. Filled with reflections on art, society, and spiritual life, The Jazz Master is both a tale of spiritual awakening and a portrait of a unique and colorful era that paved the way for the revolutionary changes of the sixties and seventies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1598 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Innerworld Publications (May 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KKVO38E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about meditation and music! May 23, 2014
This book narrates the story of a music student that find an extraordinary musician that practices Zen Buddhism. The story will inspire anyone interested in meditation and buddhism, and at the same time entertain jazz music fans with wonderful insights about the true meaning of inspiration. Greatly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual and aesthetic joy May 30, 2014
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I was recently in San Francisco and had the opportunity to visit the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, where the organic link between certain forms of jazz and spiritual experience was pressed home to me again. Now, reading Devashish's fine book, I'm again brought into a state of intellectual and aesthetic joy as a reader, and openness to the wonder and mystery of what lies in the silence. The Jazz Master combines two of my passions and does so in a way that awakens my desire to go more deeply within myself. I also love the sharply drawn portraits of iconic figures from a revolutionary moment in American history. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the role of spiritual fiction May 23, 2014
There is much to be said for this genre (spiritual fiction) in stirring dormant spirituality and here Devashish puts it so nicely. An inspiring read sure to turn the head as my head was turned so many years ago when I read 'Be Here Now.'

Jagadiishananda, teacher of tantric meditation
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Mystics Delight May 23, 2014
This is the perfect book for anyone who fantasizes about exploring mysticism through music. Devashish draws on his own decades of experience as a musician, producer and meditating yogi to weave the thrill of inner discovery into an enthralling story. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring spiritual read February 16, 2015
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This is a fictional book that fools you into thinking that it is a real memoir written by a spiritual seeker in San Francisco during the time of the Beat Generation in the mid 1950s. Real life characters such as Jack Kerouac, Alan Watts and Allen Ginsberg are part of the story, but the center piece is the mysterious Elijah who is a master of the saxophone and Zen Buddhism as well. The conversations of Elijah and his disciple Dan Hennesey (who is the "author" of the memoir) reveal a lot about the arts of meditation, spirituality and jazz. The description of the cultural milieu of 1950s San Francisco also helps to explain why the hippies flourished there ten years later. If you would like to be inspired to sit down and go deep within yourself, then this is a book that will help you greatly, and it will entertain you too.
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This novel is a treasure trove of insights about art and spirituality. Dan, a college freshman and budding musician, is initiated into the practice of jazzuzen, playing jazz with a Zen mind. The main characters are unforgettable. Elijah, a WWII veteran, is Dan’s guide into a musically hued Satori, while Diana, a feisty poet, is Dan’s Virgil into the Purgatory of the Beat Generation. This book will be a classic for people in search of awakening and for lovers of jazz and art in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Master is amazing! July 4, 2014
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One of the most inspiring books I've ever read. The Jazz Master's story of Zen Buddhism has really cemented my desire to increase my study of the dhamma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book June 23, 2014
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Reading this book has brought me back to my meditation ...So reminded me of my children's father when he played his sax...I got to realize through this book how he went to another place when he got into his horn...Thank you for writing and for publishing it..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. Very interesting perspective of Zen Buddhism from a musical point of view.
Published 9 months ago by Cynthia Hoelscher
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Master
While this isn't my first book to read about Zen and Buddhist practices, I will admit that I love it being put into more easily accessible terms. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Utley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful romp through the 50s/60s in San Francisco. A delight.
Published 10 months ago by happy potter
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Student is Ready
Devashish's description of his first night in Berkeley took me back to the same places, both in Berkeley and San Francisco, where I began my spiritual quest in the mid-sixties. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Burton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Master
I enjoyed reading the Jazz Master mostly because of the writing style. It was an easy read and the narrative was interesting to me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ed moan
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare great spiritual novel
For those of us on a spiritual path, a novel of such quality is a rarity. The Jazz Master was off the charts great! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scott F Ennis
5.0 out of 5 stars This book grows on you.
This book grows on you
On a recent visit to San Francisco I became interested in the Beat Generation and read works by Kerouac and Ginsberg. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marcela SObral
5.0 out of 5 stars Because there is no form without the void
The Jazz Master begins with an encounter between a young musician and the man who will become his mentor in the Way of Jazz, an encounter which is also the beginning of a deeper... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daniela Osvald Ramos
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More About the Author

Devashish is the author of five novels and two works of non-fiction that explore themes of spiritual growth and social change. Both non-fiction books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese, and the Spanish translation of his historical novel, Song of the Taino, is underway. He is an avid meditator, a yoga teacher, and a musician who divides his time between Puerto Rico and Brazil. To get in touch with him or to learn more about his work, please visit

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