"Ray Brooks’ unique and captivating book provides an insightful view of the heart and spirit of the Japanese culture and the musician’s journey. In sharing his quest, he has enriched my life, and may inspire many others on the path of music, the ways of Zen." Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior
"A genuine spiritual journey, finding Zen, music, and one’s own true self. A lovely spirit blows through this book." Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
The shakuhachi is a haunting instrument. I love its melancholy tones. But, then my tastes in music have always been unusual. I even like bagpipes. This is a story of awakening through music. It is a beautiful story, inspiring and uplifting. It's my latest favorite feel-good book. The Messenger; January 15, 2012
A good book captivatestakes you to a different corner of the world and a different way of thinking. It’s one you reach for again and again. Blowing Zen is such a good book.
Todd Shimoda, author of 365 Views of Mt. Fuji