A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community [NOOK Book]

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The description of a Zen path of one Westerner who began by seeking for the sense of it all, and who came to realize at least a part of it.


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A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community

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Overview


The description of a Zen path of one Westerner who began by seeking for the sense of it all, and who came to realize at least a part of it.


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"This is a book that deserves serious attention . . . eminently readable, easy to relate to on several different levels, and a fascinating and encouraging tale of human communal endeavor."--The New York Times Book Review

"I was pleasantly surprised to find the book enjoyable . . . the main virtue of this book is van de Wetering's skill for re-creating places, feelings, scenes, and encounters. The book is relaxed, alternately serious and humorous, and insightful."--The Shambhala Review

"The most down-to-earth account of the Zen discipline ever written for Westerners . . . van de Wetering clears away the thicket of intellectualization and mannered inscrutability and gets down to the ordinariness of Zen. Even those who normally refect spiritual trips . . . will find this dogged, bourgeois seeker hard to ignore."--Kirkus Reviews
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Nearly 30 years ago, van de Wetering, who would later achieve fame as a mystery novelist, published The Empty Mirror, about his experiences at a Zen monastery in Japan in the mid-60s. In 1975, he published a sequel, A Glimpse of Nothingness, about his stint at the Moon Springs Hermitage in Maine. Now the author has written a follow-up, AfterZen, told from the perspective of an aging soul who dropped most formal Zen practice years ago but still carries an abiding respect for the gut truths of the teaching and for at least some of its teachers. Much of the book has the air of the classic Zen saying, "If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him": with humor and occasional crankiness, van de Wetering knocks koans, meditation and some of the trappings of the monastic Zen life. There are many flashbacks, to Japan, to his American experiences, to meetings with fellow ex-students, and the book has a somewhat chaotic feel, rather more like life than art. Throughout, van de Wetering's voice is sincere, if iconoclastic. Those looking for composed wisdom should read Basho; those looking for an honest memoir by a perhaps wise man will find this to their taste. One Spirit alternate. (June) FYI: Also in June, van de Wetering's two earlier books, which have been out of print, are being reissued by St. Martin's/Dunne; Empty Mirror: $10.95 paper 160p ISBN 0-312-20774-3; Glimpse: $11.95 paper 192p ISBN -20945-2). Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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"This is a book that deserves serious attention . . . eminently readable, easy to relate to on several different levels, and a fascinating and encouraging tale of human communal endeavor."—The New York Times Book Review

"I was pleasantly surprised to find the book enjoyable . . . the main virtue of this book is van de Wetering's skill for re-creating places, feelings, scenes, and encounters. The book is relaxed, alternately serious and humorous, and insightful."—The Shambhala Review

"The most down-to-earth account of the Zen discipline ever written for Westerners . . . van de Wetering clears away the thicket of intellectualization and mannered inscrutability and gets down to the ordinariness of Zen. Even those who normally refect spiritual trips . . . will find this dogged, bourgeois seeker hard to ignore."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466874671
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 861,144
  • File size: 316 KB

Meet the Author


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, as well as a trilogy detailing his experiences in a Buddhist Monastery, The Empty Mirror, A Glimpse of Nothingness, and Afterzen.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    A book that might change the way you look at life

    This is a very inspirational book about Zen, about Buddhism in general and about LIFE. I loved the authors descriptive and fun style of writing and the small, mind-blowing episodes at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book :-)

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