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practice and textual studies of Zen Buddhism to bear in his translations and
interpretations of three valuable classics about pathways to awakening. Shore's
commentaries on these works, combining profound knowledge of a thousand-
year old literary tradition with contemporary cultural allusions and fresh insights,
are consistently fascinating and illuminating, and in true Zen style, frequently
humorous and disarming. Several short essays, included here by those who have
trained under him, put in useful perspective just how intriguing and motivating
Shore's teaching style is."
-- Steven Heine, Professor and Director of Asian Studies, Florida International
University, renowned author, translator, and editor of works on Zen Buddhism
"A collection of old Zen stories far away from our own lives? Not at all! This
book points directly to the core of our own lives and being. To recognize this, it's
necessary to read it not just with mind but with heart. Then the words can turn
into real guidelines on the Way, on the Way to ﬁnd out what we really are. You may
have long been searching in theories, in books, to ﬁnd answers to your questions
-- but have you really come to the end of your quest?
No, this book won't offer pat answers or a quick "ﬁx" for personal problems. Answers
can only be found inside yourself. This requires courage, to let the words settle into
mind and body, and to let them unfold there. What happens then? Open the book
and ﬁnd out!"
-- Jeannette Stowasser, Munich, Germany
"Zen Buddhism cannot be learned from a book. Direct personal contact with a
genuine Zen teacher is at the heart of the tradition. After over 12 years of experience
with Jeff Shore, I can conﬁrm without doubt that he is such a teacher. If you do not
have the opportunity to join a retreat and have this personal encounter, the next
best thing you can do is to digest this book. And in full accord with the Buddha's
teaching, let me add: don't believe me -- see for yourself."
-- Stefan van Weers, Zutphen, Netherlands
"As a Zen practitioner, I am forever grateful to have encountered Jeff Shore along
the Way. As a member of Jeff's family through marriage for over thirty years, I
have had ample opportunities to observe him in innumerable situations. His
commitment -- to his own Path as well as tirelessly being there for others -- has
been unwavering. In this unique volume of translations and retreat lectures, Jeff
goes right to the heart of our search for spiritual freedom."
-- Tina Shore, Nurse Psychotherapist, Rockville, Maryland
From the Back Cover
-- Victor Sogen Hori, Rinzai Zen monk, professor of Japanese religions, McGill University, Montreal, Author of Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice
-- J. P. Seaton, a leading translator of Chinese poetry, author of Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih