First You Shave Your Head

First You Shave Your Head

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by G. Larkin, Geraldine A. Larkin, Geri Larkin
     
 
When Stumbling Towards Enlightenment and Tap Dancing in Zen author Geri Larkin is invited on a pilgrimage to Korea with her Buddhist master for thirty days of practice, she is thrilled, flattered, and utterly freaked out. And so begins another life journey along the spiritual path of one of our favorite authors. Larkin's account is by turns hilarious,

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When Stumbling Towards Enlightenment and Tap Dancing in Zen author Geri Larkin is invited on a pilgrimage to Korea with her Buddhist master for thirty days of practice, she is thrilled, flattered, and utterly freaked out. And so begins another life journey along the spiritual path of one of our favorite authors. Larkin's account is by turns hilarious, heartbreaking, exasperating, and exhilarating, and is told with her usual charm and grace. Part travelogue, part spiritual journey, First You Shave Your Head is a lighthearted collection of Buddhist practices and principles that won't fail to inspire and amuse.

Author Biography: Geri Larkin lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is an ordained dharma teacher and runs the Right Livelihood Seed Capital Fund, which helps fund Buddhist-based ventures.

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First you shave your head but that's far from the worst of it. According to Larkin (Stumbling Toward Enlightenment) in this account of a month-long Zen pilgrimage in Korea, you also slog through the mountains in summer's heat and pelting rain, carrying knapsacks of books. You bathe and wash your clothes always the same set only once every ten days. You contend with biting insects, constant dirt, and primitive sanitation. As described in this spiritual travelog, Larkin's pilgrimage with her teacher and two fellow Zen monks resembles U.S. Army basic training. A Michigan-based teacher of Zen Buddhism, Larkin tolerates constant harassment, inadequate sleep, and hurry-up-and-wait all for the stripping away of the ego. There are compensations, of course: beautiful countryside and temples, generous people, kindly monks, a stiffening of the backbone, and learning one's strengths and weaknesses. If you're up to the challenge, perhaps this "muscular" Zen is for you. If not, read this book anyway. It's marvelously entertaining and enlightening. There's even a recipe for kimchi. For academic and public libraries. James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587610097
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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First You Shave Your Head 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an incredible writer...I actually felt like I was with her the whole time. I cried with her, laughed with her, held her when she was sad, wanted to punch Samu Sunim in the nose for being a meanie...of course that would not be very peaceful of me now would it? :) I also wanted to FedEx her some pizza and a poncho! She really went through a lot and to be honest so did I...I really felt her...which says a lot for her writing abilities and her energy...in all...this is a great book...a fun book...a must read for anyone whether you are interested in Buddhism or just wanting to be entertained by a great person who was kind enough to share her magical experiences with us...Thank You Geri for your gift...