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Blowing Zen: Finding an Authentic Life Paperback – January, 2000
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What makes "Blowing Zen" so thouroughly enjoyable is, not only is the book entertaining (I couldn't put it down) but it is also inherently satisfying and hopeful. Part travel account, part autobiography and part spiritual journey,"Blowing Zen"'s biggest strength lives in its timely message: one does not have to travel the world and play the shakuhachi to find an authentic life, it is simply necessary to look within.
"Blowing Zen" tells the story of one man's decision to leave behind his comfortable existence in London and to plunge, head first, into a radically different lifestyle in Japan. "Blowing Zen" flows wonderfully, almost like a stream of consciousness and yet, at the same time, is very straightforward in its message. Fortunately Brooks, unlike many other travel writers, avoids the temptation of navel gazing as he relates his encounters and experiences. The book is at turns: funny, touching, educative, thought provoking and inspirational.
Initially, I would be tempted to categorize "Blowing Zen" as a travel account, but would not be surprised to find it located in other sections of a bookstore (i.e. autobiography, spirituality, music, religion, or self help). It is said that the best authors write as if they are communicating with a close friend and I truly felt that with "Blowing Zen." I was thrilled to be both entertained and inspired in one siting. I am eagerly awaiting Brook's next book and kudos to the author for peaking my curiosity on a myriad of different topics.
Secondly, the book is pretty entertaining. Brooks manages to meet a lot of intriguing characters and has a lot extraordinary experiences. It's a good book packed with a lot of good stories, and well written with a lot of humour and style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ray Brooks sets out on a journey of self discovery after hearing a Shakuhachi (Zen flute) being played by a monk in the grounds of a Japanese monastery where he was attending a... Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by RonMac
Roy writes wonderfully and keeps you entertained as well as informed of the shakuhachi world during his travels.Published on February 2, 2011 by James Ross
I recently took up the Shakuhachi flute. I am a practitioner of Zen. This book adeptly merges the two. I honestly had a difficult time putting the book down. Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Geekdomo
This book ia an inspiration and demonstrates the twists that life takes. You do not have to be a musician or shakuhachi player to enjoy this - it is more a spiritual journey along... Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by AB
This is Ray Brooks's personal story of discovering something he could devote himself to and find happiness with. Read morePublished on January 10, 2003 by Kent Truscott
Blowing zen was a one sitting read. Whether your a muscian or on a spiritual journey there is something for you in this book. Brooks' doesn't ram zen down your throat. Read morePublished on April 12, 2001
This is the friendly and very readable story of an Englishman in Japan who discovers the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and manages for five years or so to get lessons from... Read morePublished on March 19, 2001 by Peter Fennessy
Before buying brooks's book I had heard of him. He came to wide prominance as a musical thinker and as an exceptional shakuhachi player. I have his Cd hollow bell. Read morePublished on November 2, 2000
Ray Brooks combines music, travel and zen in a story which turns into
a journey of discovery for the author and reader. Read more