- File Size: 3037 KB
- Print Length: 193 pages
- Publisher: Robert Fergeson (February 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CAOW056
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fergeson is a careful detailer of the everyday, of the people in everyone’s lives that add both value and frustration. In other words, he has a way of speaking to the very human part of us. We get weary of walking the path, but at some point we choose to complete the journey at what seems to be our own peril.
The guru in this book, who goes by the handle of “OD” talks about this: “At some point in our lives, perhaps before we became conscious, we lost touch with the eternal part, became separated. We crossed over the gap of time and now live in the strange place of past and future, of worry and want. We live in perpetual reaction to our own experiences. We are never in the present, never in our true Self.”
In Dark Zen, the main character, Bobby Boudreaux gives swamp tours in Louisiana, all the while trying to get out of his own inner swamp. Fergeson deftly weaves the spiritual teachings in with seemingly endless cups of coffee, fried fish and potato salad. The book kept me hungry for both real food and spiritual food!
I like it when spiritual writers can weave teachings into a book in an interesting way. I hated for the book to end. Perhaps there will be a sequel, she said hopefully....
Bob Fergeson is that rare bird not often spotted in the swamp of nondual teachings—the real deal!
Author, Life With A Hole In It and Bigger than the Sky: A Radical Awakening
Wannabe failed masters take a number: enlightenment wasn't ever what it was asserted, believed, or cracked up to be, not ever, that TRUTH IS THE ONLY PAINKILLER. The rest is just heartache and being wet behind the ears. Heart, mind, consciousness, and thought:
Thank you, Mr. Fergeson, all the more with continued best wishes.
Set in the bayou country of Fergeson’s native Louisiana, post-Katrina, this book is the pilgrim’s progress of a young man, Bobby Bordeaux, adrift and struggling with disconnection and competing values. He alternates his time between hosting swamp tours of the Tangipahoa River and Lake Pontchartrain, fishing, drawing, and hanging out with his girl friend. He has a passing knowledge of philosophy and psychology, and non-duality spiritual traditions. Then, through a chance encounter with an enigmatic but colorful down-to-earth fellow, OD Magee, who surprisingly lives down the river from his aunt and uncle’s store, Bobby finds a father figure and Zen-like mentor. A Vietnam vet who had a mystical awakening, and now lives the very Truth Bobby is seeking. He is introduced to a group of students and older folks who have been inspired by OD’s informal lectures at the university.
Along the way, Bobby is forced to question all his sacredly held beliefs and notions, and face the lies he has grown to rely on to prop up his increasingly flimsy self identity. Through one-on-one meetings with OD, he notices a disturbing but exhilarating energy emanating from this swamp rat of a zen teacher, and a connection whereby the man’s inner voice seems to be present in Bobby’s head, stirring something awake he never knew was there. OD offers up some very fascinating techniques geared towards mediation and interior study; such as ‘breathing underwater’, ‘taking one’s self’ out of everyday situations, starving fear and ego. And how to become more whole via a higher nostalgia, the dissolving of binding energy knots, and using both of one’s masculinity and femininity to forward understanding. Until finally, a traumatic but catalytic event with OD changes everything.
Fergeson succeeds in conveying the big picture, but also richly painting a canvas with the unique beauty and light of his local region along with the folksy idiom and banter of its characters. And to highlight it all, each chapter ends with one of Fergeson’s signature photographs.
‘Dark Zen’ is a simply rendered but profound, multi-textured and layered epic in short form; inviting those who are new to the noble quest of Self Discovery to consider that something of this magnitude is available to one and all, and by the way, right here and now.