Matthiessen, the nature writer and novelist, is also a Zen Buddhist dharma heir. This book describes the long illness and death of his wife, his explorations into American and Japanese zen, and the relationship between his zen practice and his love of and respect for nature (especially birds). The book is a helpful approach to Zen Buddhism from a clearly Western perspective, as well as yet another addition to Matthiessen's long shelf of beautiful prose.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus