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Kakurenbo: Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan Paperback – August 31, 2013
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At the same time Eido Frances Carney comes alive for us as a remarkable woman who goes through life with intelligence, courage, and humor.
Feeling a spiritual kinship with her subject, Eido Carney structures the book as a series of set pieces in which she mirrors key moments in her own life of practice with apposite episodes of Ryokan’s life which serve as a means of exploring a number of fundamental issues including, to list just a few, the conflicting demands of solitude and community, the challenges and joys of leading a creative, artistic life, the equal place of women in society, and the difficulties and inevitability of aging and death. The book’s greatest strength is that it addresses these vital concerns not merely through the filter of an historical figure or through the author’s own past experience, but in such a way as to make the wisdom of Ryokan accessible and applicable to our own lives, here and now, in this very moment. The book is a deep and insightful reminder that Zen practice is not a transcendent escape from the day to day reality of our lives; it is a way through which we can come to live our lives as well and as fully as possible, with gratitude and compassion, fully engaged with everything we share this time and space with.
This is an interwoven reflection of the journey of Edio Frances Carney who became the first woman and first foreigner to train at the Shoboji in Iwate Prefecture. She received Dharma Transmission from Niho Tetsumei Roshi in 1997 at Entsuji in Kurashiki, Japan and founded Olympia Zen Center in 1995.
It is a story of adventure, dedication and perseverance and a must read for many.