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Single White Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner

Single White Monk

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Single White Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner
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Oct 10, 2017 | ISBN 9781611803631

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“Shozan Jack Haubner has the rare, the enviable, gift of being sneakily wise, un-pious, liberating, and 1000 percent himself, all while not seeming to take too much too seriously. I’ve grown drunk on his pieces—teetotaler though I am—for years now, and keep foisting his exhilaratingly honest, unique, fearless and sometimes scurrilous essays on everyone I care about. The man sounds as if he knows Zen practice so deeply that he’s come out at the other end, full of candor, fresh air and the constant slaps of humor that are all that can wake some of us up as we fall into our ruts and fantasies of happy endings. Reading Single White Monk, I had to keep a notebook by my side to catch the startling truths—about death, about ego, about suffering—that kept flashing out from its riotous pages. What a joy to encounter a monk who can write with such unbuttoned urgency, and a writer who can sit still while everything is falling apart around (and within) him.”—Pico Iyer

“Shozan Jack Haubner has written a beautiful book that both Buddhist practitioners and general readers will love. Gifted as a writer, he will have you laughing out loud until your sides hurt, then experiencing the deepest pain over our fragility and flaws as humans (even if we are master Zen teachers), and finally feeling gratitude for his hard-won dharma wisdom. Single White Monk, as one man’s spiritual journey, is existentially raw, bawdy, spiritually refined, and satisfies in every way I can imagine.”—Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and Taming the Ox

A lot of books, movies, and TV shows present pretty fantasies of the lives of Zen monks. Those are cute, but I doubt they do anything but fill people’s heads with unrealistic dreams. Shozan writes about what it’s really like, which is way more valuable.”—Brad Warner, author of Hardcore Zen and Don’t Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master

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