The Empty Mirror: Experiences In A Japanese Zen Monastery by Janwillem Van de WeteringThe Empty Mirror: Experiences In A Japanese Zen Monastery by Janwillem Van de Wetering

The Empty Mirror: Experiences In A Japanese Zen Monastery

byJanwillem Van de Wetering, Janwillem Van De Wetering

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Seen by many as a contemporary classic, Janwillem van de Wetering's small and admirable memoir records the experiences of a young Dutch student-later a widely celebrated mystery writer-who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, has written, The Empty Mirror "should be very encouraging for other Western seekers."

It is the first book in a trilogy that continues with A Glimpse of Nothingness and Afterzen.

Janwillem van de Wetering has lived with his wife on the Maine Coast for twenty years, but before that he lived literally all over the world --Holland, South Africa, London, Japan, South America. He is the author of a successful mystery series.
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Title:The Empty Mirror: Experiences In A Japanese Zen MonasteryFormat:Other FormatDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.36 in

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312207743

ISBN - 13:9780312207748

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"This small and memorable memoir records the experiences of a young Dutch student who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery . . . What makes this account extraordinary is that the book contains none of the convert's irritating certitude." -Time Magazine"What is accessible is the day-to-day description of life, of the monks themselves and of the others he met, of the jokes they played and the food they ate, of the moments of satori, the explosive moment of an understanding surpassing understanding." -Los Angeles Times