The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi

The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi

by Susan Moon
     
 

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Tofu Roshi—the fictional "Dear Abby" of Zen Buddhism—counsels his readers about their spiritual problems in this hilarious spoof of America's search for enlightenment. Selections from his advice column alternate with commentary from narrator and disciple Ichi Su.  See more details below

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Tofu Roshi—the fictional "Dear Abby" of Zen Buddhism—counsels his readers about their spiritual problems in this hilarious spoof of America's search for enlightenment. Selections from his advice column alternate with commentary from narrator and disciple Ichi Su.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of spiritual advice from Tofu Roshi of the No Way Zen Center, including a running commentary from narrator and disciple Ichi Su concerning her complicated relationship with the master (she is not even sure if Tofu is a man or a woman), pokes gentle fun at New Age believers. In his answers to readers' letters, Tofu gives out free-wheeling counsel that ranges from the practicalfor the concerned parents whose daughter is trying to convert their cat to a strict vegetarianto questions of deep philosophical nature: ``Why is there something, rather than nothing?'' and ``What is the meaning of life?'' Tofu has remedies for everyone in this diverting book, but often, ``like a basketball that teeters a long moment on the rim, only to fall outside the Hoop of True Understanding,'' it is difficult to ascertain just what Tofu has prescribed. There is a breath of scandal here, too, because in the sacred bowels of the No Way Zen Center, Ichi Su and Tofu are discovered passionately shaving each other's heads. Moon is coauthor of Risking Peace. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570626814
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

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Susan Moon is a writer and longtime Zen Buddhist who teaches popular writing workshops, mostly in California. She is the former editor of Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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