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  • By hondodave
    Dec 14, 2009
    I'm so happy to finally see this book come out. Various drafts have been passed around pockets of the American Zen community for the last few years, and now Jiryu has finally put out this "incomplete but final draft for the wide Sangha." It's a moving, wise, and laugh-out-loud funny narrative of a young, idealistic American Buddhist monk training in Japan. The tales of cultural misunderstanding are worth reading--funny and insightful--and the narrator's slow growth is surprisingly affecting. More than anything else, though, this book is inspiring in its portrait of a heart--a raw, clumsy, messy, beautiful heart-- given totally to bodhisattva practice. Five stars!
  • By abbywords
    Dec 14, 2009
    This funny, candid and warm-hearted first book by Rutschman-Byler is a cult-classic in the making. His autobiographical adventures in Zen at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and the fictionalized “Gendoji” Monastery in Japan lead the reader on a hilarious romp through spiritual longing, human folly, and a transformative coming of age. No detail is spared, especially the author’s struggles, triumphs, and shortcomings. With fearlessness and wit, this Gen-Y author invites a much-needed dialog about the past, present and future of Buddhism in the West. No other book at the time of this review offers such a youthful and spirited sentiment.
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Product Details

January 9, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.76 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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