The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Author(s): Ross Bolleter
Genre: Religion
Original Publish Date: Jul 03, 2018
Product Number: EB00717675
Released: Jul 03, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781614293132
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Discover how the mysterious, powerful form of the koan-known for bringing about sudden enlightenment-can disrupt and illuminate your everyday understanding of life. Traditionally, Zen koans-the teaching stories of Zen-are drawn from the words and teachings of ancient masters and primarily address the concerns of (male) monastic practitioners. InThe Crow FliesBackward, Ross Bolleter changes all at. The 108 modern koans offered within address sexuality and childbirth, family, parenthood, work, money and even the nature time itself. These koans are drawn from a variety of modern sources: Western philosophy, the Bible, contemporary and classic literature from Proust to Lewis Carroll and Mary Oliver and Anne Carson, as well as stories provided by author's encounters with his Zen students. Bolleter's commentaries provide guidance to the reader on how to engage with each koan and koans in general, and direct guidance to meditate with koans. An appendix offers rarely-seen intimate and in-depth accounts of the process of koan introspection, from four of the author's senior students.

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