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Three Years on the Great Mountain by Cristina Moon
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Jun 18, 2024 | ISBN 9781645472827

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“Rev. Cristina Moon spells out in profound detail the rigor and resonance of Zen training at Chozen-ji. For those of us who may be intrigued—but also intimidated—she guides us through her own inner narrative as she introduces us to her teacher and community, masters unfamiliar forms, and cuts through self-imposed limitations. This is a memoir that inspires us to train, to embody an attentive way of being, and to cultivate spiritual strength.”
Rima Vesely-Flad, author of Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition
Three Years on the Great Mountain is not only a compelling recount of Cristina Moon’s own personal journey to Zen but a universal exploration of belonging and the profound liberation available to all of us through dedication and training. From the front lines of Burma’s resistance movement to the meditation mats of Chozen-ji, Moon’s call for all of us to take seriously each moment is an important one for this time.”
Prentis Hemphill, author of What It Takes to Heal
Three Years on the Great Mountain is a powerful expression of awakening through the Zen path. This story is a teaching of going beyond our small self as training in freedom. The grounding wisdom of this path of practice emerges whether one skillfully wields a cup of tea, a sword, a broom, or the breath. The path is not about Cristina, you, or I; it is about how wholehearted commitment transforms our fear into fearlessness. This book is about how to live the Buddhadharma fully.”
Koshin Paley Ellison, Zen teacher and author of Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion
“Cristina Moon’s engaging memoir reveals the spirit of Zen and local Hawaii culture at her training temple Chozen-ji and in so doing, steps into a lineage of no fear, of moving seamlessly in the world. The book makes the case for an embodied Buddhist training, the type of Zen where skin, flesh, bones, and marrow are offered fully to the life of attention and awakening. An invitation to discover one’s true self and home.”
Duncan Ryūken Williams, author of American Sutra
“In this striking portrait of a Zen priest in training, Rev. Cristina Moon shares her singular journey from the streets of Rangoon to a dojo on Oahu: from activism to Buddhism, kotonk to senpai, doubt to conviction. Told with honesty, humor, and crackling detail, the stories in this memoir offer the gift of spiritual vigor for all seekers. Ferocity and grace, striving and sincerity—this book, like its author, contains multitudes.”
—Chenxing Han, author of Be the Refuge and one long listening

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