This Side of Nirvana
Memoirs of a Spiritually Challenged Buddhist
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This Side of Nirvana by Sara Jenkins
Book DescriptionA personal account of one woman's spiritual journey, this memoir examines what happens when a talented female teacher takes the masculine assumptions of Zen practice and turns them inside out. Setting out as a young woman to learn from Asian teachers, the author met with formidable masters and struggled diligently to learn meditation. Only after meeting Cheri Huber did she begin to understand and internalize the tenets of Zen Buddhism. Discussion of belief and practice blends with an unflinching frankness about personal difficulties, the honest search for growth, and revealing interactions between student and teacher.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780971030961
(215mm x 139mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Keep it Simple Books,U.S.
Publisher: Keep it Simple Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sara Jenkins
Hello at Last, Paperback (September 2007)
The Buddha actively promoted spiritual friendship, calling it 'the whole of the spiritual life' yet much of Buddhist practice is spent meditating in solitude and silence. This work charts one woman's exploration of this apparent contradiction.
Sweet ZEN, Paperback (January 2000)
Offering the perspective on the softness and sweetness to be discovered in the Zen path, which has long been associated with formality and even harshness, this book includes the traditional rigor of Zen practice, but is balanced with compassion for the self and for the suffering caused by the delusion that we are separate from all that is.
Buddha Facing the Wall, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Sara Jenkins
Interviews with fifteen men and women living as monks offer vivid personal glimpses of how everything about the Buddhist monastery--from the daily schedule through meetings with the teacher to the silence itself--is designed to support the deep inner work that leads to spiritual transformation.
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Author Biography - Sara Jenkins
Sara Jenkins worked as an art historian, director of an oral history project, and managing editor of a medical research journal before plunging simultaneously into freelance life and Zen Buddhism fourteen years ago. Since then she has occupied many points along the editorial spectrum, including copy editor, illustrations editor, non-fiction author's editor, book producer, and writer. She lives in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina Cheri Huber founded the Mountain View Zen Center in Mountain View, California, and the Zen Monastery Practice Center in Murphys, California, and teaches in both communities. She travels widely and often, leading workshops and retreats around the United States and abroad, most recently in Costa Rica and Italy. She lives in Murphys, California.
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