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by Susan Murphy
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 086171279X, Paperback)
Upside-Down Zen invites readers to explore the vivid spirit of Zen Buddhism in fresh ways. Recalling, in another vein, the warm, lyrical style of Lin Jensen’s Bad Dog!, author Susan Murphy offers a multifaceted take on the spiritual, grounded in the everyday. She uses her skills as storyteller, filmmaker, and poet to uncover the connections between Zen and Western cinema, as well as between Zen and traditions as diverse as Australian aboriginal beliefs and Jewish folktales. In the process, she finds spirituality where it has always belonged wherever life is happening. Murphy helps readers make sense of Zen koans, the often oversimplified and misunderstood teaching stories of the tradition, and highlights their wisdom for any reader on the spiritual path. A strong new voice in Western Buddhism, Murphy speaks for the many unrecorded” women of Zen while bringing a lively, literate approach to a sometimes daunting genre.
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"Introduces the playful, wise, vivid and compassionate Way of Zen - which will transform how you attend to daily life, work, art, relationships, and the Earth. In the tradition of Robert Aitken, Australian based Zen teacher and writer Susan Murphy concentrates her gaze on the lived moment as she delivers Zen's timeless wisdom to sustain the interest of the contemporary reader. She also illuminates Zen koans, the often misunderstood teaching stories of the tradition, by drawing on diverse sources such as folk tales, modern cinema and Australian aboriginal spirituality" -- www.wisdombooks.com
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