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Interesting book about the fire at the Tassajara Zen center - a bit too obvious throughout on imparting the Zen lessons in every element of the events, but nicely written and, of course, a dramatic tale.
wordloversf | 4 andre anmeldelser | Aug 14, 2021 |
I wanted more zen and less minutiae. The names and details of the individuals in the planning room was tedious.
KittyCunningham | 4 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2021 |
I wanted more zen and less minutiae. The names and details of the individuals in the planning room was tedious.
Kitty.Cunningham | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jul 19, 2017 |
Hm. Well, this was an experiment that just did not work for me. When I saw the book listed in an offering from the fine folks at TLC Tours, I decided to take a chance, because I do like to challenge myself and try things that are out of my normal comfort zone. Earlier this year I read, and thoroughly enjoyed a non-fiction tale of a plane crash and I had hoped that I would have the same enjoyment from Fire Monks.

Unfortunately, for someone like me who knows next to nothing about Buddism, who has never heard of Tessajara and who knows nothing of the people in this story, this book did not work. Although it's apparent right from the start how much Colleen Morton Busch has invested in the story, in Tessajara and in the lives of those living there, to a stranger like me it came off as if I was standing in the background, listening to one stranger tell a friend or colleague of theirs this story. I just couldn't connect.

In spite of the lack of connection, I did receive some educational benefit from reading Fire Monks. It is very instructional, giving the reader an idea of what a Zen community is like, and it is very quiet and peaceful, despite the subject matter - which also gave me more of a taste of what it is like to live in a place such as Tessajara. Even with a fire bound for this place, with the chaos of the preparation and the upheaval of those who had to leave, there is a calm and peace about the story that, I think, had less to do with any sort of detachment from the subject material and more to do with the calm and peace Colleen Morton Busch has learned to embrace through her lifestyle.

I may not agree with everything that has to do with Buddism, but I do find peace and my own sense of enlightenment when I take the time to calm down, breathe deeply and focus on just one thing, and I admire the group of people discussed in this book for their bravery and their dedication when everything that was dear and precious to them was threatened.
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TheLostEntwife | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jul 10, 2011 |



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