Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Secret of Life That We Are All Looking For

Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment edited by Lenore Friedman &Susan Moon.  Shambhala.  240 pp.  $15.00. As I’ve said before, I think that the women teachers in my tradition—the Soto Zen lineage that goes back to the San Francisco Zen Center—are often the most interesting.  There’s something about the extreme rigors of … Continue reading The Secret of Life That We Are All Looking For

Life Is Grand (as long as You Keep Your Hands off My Sister)

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.  Europa Editions.  331 pp.  $17.00. I stand in awe at the power and variety of literature that I can read two novels consecutively that are so great—I don’t think the word is an exaggeration—and so completely different as Infinite Jest and My Brilliant Friend, which is the first novel … Continue reading Life Is Grand (as long as You Keep Your Hands off My Sister)

The True Art Is Your Life

Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa.  The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa Volume Seven.  pp. 3-162.  Shamblala.  2004. Zen and Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori.  Ballantine Books.  248 pp.  $25.95. I look back with great fondness on the days when I wrote my first novel.  It was 1973, and I had just … Continue reading The True Art Is Your Life