From Publishers Weekly
In this short book Silberberg weaves snippets from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
with personal anecdotes, classic Buddhist sutras, koans and popular culture to illustrate Zen approaches to the true nature of enlightenment: When we get to the other shore, to what I am calling Wonderland, we may experience One Mind. Rather than using Zen to explain Alice
, Silberberg playfully mingles, for example, the upside-down logic of the Caterpillar and Mock Turtle with the wisdom of the Diamond Sutra to explain key ideas. A longtime practitioner and former vice abbot of the Kanzeon Zen Center in Utah, the author is adept at explaining Buddhist teachings and ideas, such as the causes of suffering and Siddhartha's search for the truth of existence. Silberberg's description of the Zen path demonstrates more rigor than gentleness, reflecting a warrior approach to the search for knowledge that isn't present in all forms of this Eastern philosophy; indeed, a little more clarification about which approaches are specifically Zen among the range of Buddhist practices would have been helpful for the novice. While the Alice
analogies are thin, Silberberg's clear writing and in-depth knowledge of his subject make this addition to the Zen of genre engaging. (Oct. 1)
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"This is a fresh, heartfelt, book that is down to earth, often funny and insightful. What makes this book unique is that it is the result of Doen Sensei's long dedicated practice and creative ability. It pleases me to see him exploring what a true, contemporary Zen can be, as well as, remaining true to the fundamentals and essence of the teaching. I highly recommend it.
Dennis Genpo Roshi Merzel author of Big Mind - Big Heart: Finding Your Way
"Doen Silberberg collaborates with Lewis Carroll, producing a very readable and personal account of the spiritual journey. Wonderland is a valuable place to enter the Buddhist teachings."
John Daido Loori, author of Heart of Being
"Like Baba Ram Dass and the late Carlos Castaneda, Daniel Doen Silberberg Sensei has the ability to present the eternal journey of self-discovery in a way that's entertaining, personal, and deeply insightful."
Jeremy Silman - International Chess Master, author of 38 books including How to Reassess Your Chess and Zen and the Art of Casino Gaming