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Showing the Way 3 Nov. 2013
By Robert Witzl - Published on Amazon.com
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Kakurenbo: Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan is a wonderfully written and accessible exploration into the nature of Zen practice. Part memoir and part biography, Eido Frances Carney skillfully weaves memories of her own path in Zen, her training in Japan, and her work as founder and Abbess of Olympia Zen Center with the life and teachings of the hermit monk Ryokan, which are beautifully expressed by Nobuyuki Yuasa’s translations of Ryokan’s poetry. Written from the heart, Kakurenbo is an impassioned search for what it means to practice Zen in our globalizing, modern world. Read it and let it touch your heart as it has touched mine.
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Kakurenbo Review by Rev. Shinshu Roberts, Ocean Gate Zen Center, Capitola, CA 17 Oct. 2013
By Shinshu Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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Rev. Eido Frances Carney's Kakurenbo, is an entertaining, thoughtful and readable book about her spiritual journey as informed by Ryokan's inspirational life. Using Ryokan's poetry and example, Rev. Carney asks tough questions about the choices we make in the face of personal and social norms juxtaposed with Ryokan's own practice and time. The book moves back and forth between Ryokan's exemplar life as a Zen mendicant and her own training and maturation as a Zen teacher. Rev. Carney is deeply concerned with living the teachings of austerity, generosity, ecology and questioning our own privilege, greed and desire for comfort. She also examines the role of American Buddhist teachers and encourages us to open to the many possibilities of culture, livelihood and vow as expressed in our modern life. In short, I found this a wonderful read which stimulated my own view of practice and opened up the life and poetry of the Japanese monk/poet Ryokan. I was inspired by her enthusiasm for life, practice and Ryokan's Way.
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Not the usual Zen book 17 Oct. 2013
By April Godsey - Published on Amazon.com
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Kakurenbo follows a different path from the Zen texts you may have read. Eido Frances Carney leaves behind mystical Zen wordplay and instead focuses on the very personal ethical choices and struggles that face all of us who strive to live meaningful lives. While I enjoy the encouragement and beauty that is found in many Buddhist texts, few seem quite as down-to-earth as Kakurenbo. Real relationships and real dilemmas are explored from the perspective of day-to-day spiritual and ethical effort. Ryokan Zenji, perhaps the most contemporary Zen saint, is introduced to Western readers by way of his conflicts and hard choices that seem intimately familiar, and also (most vibrantly) through his poetry, love of nature and of children, and artist's abandon. Ryokan's unique, difficult, beautiful life serves as the most powerful encouragement to deeply examine avarice, selfishness, pettiness, and the disconnection that has permeated the modern, privileged Western experience.
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good insight to Ryokan's life and insight 1 Nov. 2013
By Larry P Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an old student of Shunryu Suzuki, and this book is true to the heart of the teachings, it helps define the evolution of Ryokan's spirit to the modern world
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Finding Ryokan 10 Sept. 2013
By Allyson Essen - Published on Amazon.com
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An engaging and thoughtful book that invites the reader to explore through the illusive life of Zen hermit, priest and poet, Ryokan and the game he loved, Hide-and-Go-Seek, the patterns of dark and light, hidden and visible, in our own lives and in our contemporary cultures. Eido Frances Carney skillfully weaves together reflections of her own training as a Zen priest in Japan, and as founder and Abbess of Olympia Zen Center in the United States, stories from Ryokan's life, and Nobuyuki Yuasa's beautiful translations of Ryokan's poems, honoring the unknown while seeking a way to go forward in our lives. This is a rich, intriguing, and inspiring book for anyone interested in the life and art of Ryokan, in spiritual practice, and in how we might best live our lives in today's world.
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