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LIFE between the TIGERS: Zen Wisdom in Everyday English Paperback – February 16, 2013
''Life Between the Tigers will confuse, perplex, amaze, and just possibly point toward the path to enlightenment, and is enthusiastically recommended - especially for anyone intrigued by Zen Buddhism.'' ----Midwest Book Review
''You don't have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the writings in this collection of Buddhist stories. They take your mind in unexpected directions, but they do so in such straightforward, simple prose that your don't even realize you're being led. These stories are often light, often humorous, and they each end with a twist that gives the reader a feeling of being in on the joke somehow, even if you can't quite put your finger on the punchline. The whole point of Buddhism is that we are always on the journey, we have never arrived. This book provides several hundred wonderful, quick reminders that we really are in that journey to enjoy each moment.'' ---- Russell Rowland, author of In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside
''It takes a few times through the stories, but they teach something that traditional zen koans set out to teach from the very beginning, that uncontrived response to what is. I love how many of these stories are set in modern times. If you're used to zen stories set in ancient Japan, these will turn you for a loop.''
'If you open a book,
And see yourself,
What do you see?'
---- Joshua Waldman, CareerEnlightenment.com author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Kris Neely has been a student of Zen since he was 10 years old, when his mother sat him in front of a TV program featuring Alan Watts. He has been studying Taoism, Buddhism, and Zen since grade school. He founded the West Valley Writers Workshop, the annual Avondale Writer's Conference, and the Marin Writers Workshop.
Peter Gerardo is a freelance journalist who's ghostwritten books on history, personal improvement, and business topics. Publications include The New York Times, Crain's New York Business, and The Journal of Commerce. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Zen Buddhism originated and grew in Asia. That fact adds another layer of difficulty to a Western reader. A person stumbling over the pronunciation of names, for example, may sometimes miss the point of the story. From this issue, the editors of this book worked to help those interested in Zen Buddhism.
The editors have changed the perspective of the stories to make them more approachable to Western readers. A hurdle they had to cross to be successful is to not change the nature of the story by changing the names or other attributes. Having gone through the book, their efforts seem resoundingly successful. The nuance of the stories in all of their complexity and depth remains.
To help set expectations, these are largely short stories. I'm not saying this is the "right" way, but I'm going to keep this book with me. Reading a few of the short stories may help focus your thoughts before meditation. The point is that you may not get the most benefit by plowing through the material like a novel. It requires work, contemplation, and reflection.
One more thing I'll be doing with this book. It will be a gift to friends, including those just starting down the path of Zen Buddhism or those simply curious about the place of this perspective on a person's life. The path through this book is a rewarding journey of its own.
* Chris Anning, Sr. Librarian (Minnesota)
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