Four Men Shaking

Searching for Sanity with Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher
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Author(s): Lawrence Shainberg
Original Publish Date: Jul 16, 2019
Product Number: EB00753273
Released: Jul 16, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780834842250
Publisher: Shambhala
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From Pushcart Prize-winning author Lawrence Shainberg, a funny and powerful memoir about literary friendships, writing, and Zen practice. "Inexplicably good karma"—to this, author Lawrence Shainberg attributes a life filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In Four Men Shaking he weaves together the narratives of three of those relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi. In Shainberg's lifelong pursuit of both writing and Zen practice, each of these men represents an important aspect of his experience. The audacious, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg's mind for the Buddhist concept of "form," while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to embody an awareness of "emptiness." Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen master challenging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept reality as it is. Browse Inside Four Men Shaking Searching for Sanity with Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher By Lawrence Shainberg $16.95 - Paperback OUT OF STOCK: Available for back-order. Qty: Shambhala Publications 07/16/2019 Pages: 144 Size: 5 x 7 ISBN: 9781611807295 0 Related Zen Confidential By Shozan Jack Haubner $14.95 Paperback Nothing Holy about It By Tim Burkett $17.95 Paperback Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home By Natalie Goldberg $16.95 Paperback Single White Monk By Shozan Jack Haubner $14.95 Paperback Related Topics Buddhist Biography/Memoir Writing Details "Inexplicably good karma"—to this, author Lawrence Shainberg attributes a life filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In Four Men Shaking he weaves together the narratives of three of those relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi. In Shainberg's lifelong pursuit of both writing and Zen practice, each of these men represents an important aspect of his experience. The audacious, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg's mind for the Buddhist concept of "form," while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to embody an awareness of "emptiness." Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen master challenging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept reality as it is.

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