Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969-1982 [NOOK Book]

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In
August 1968, naturalist-explorer Peter Matthiessen returned from Africa to his home in Sagaponack, Long Island, to find three Zen masters in his driveway—guests of ...

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Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969-1982

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Overview

In
August 1968, naturalist-explorer Peter Matthiessen returned from Africa to his home in Sagaponack, Long Island, to find three Zen masters in his driveway—guests of his wife, a new student of Zen. Thirteen years later,
Matthiessen was ordained a Buddhist monk. Written in the same format as his best-selling
The
Snow Leopard,

Nine-Headed
Dragon River

reveals Matthiessen's most daring adventure of all: the quest for his spiritual roots.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Very few writers have the courage, inner experience, and literary technique to take us into the reaches of mystic awareness. Matthiessen has; his prose is among the finest of our time—at once sensual and austere, sinewy, yet full of warmth, eloquent yet reverent, polished clean by silence and awe. Nine-Headed Dragon River is a clear gift to us from a complex man who has schooled himself to speak of central things with a most honorable exactitude."—Andrew Harvey, Vogue

"Remarkable, memorable nonfiction. Matthiessen's prose is as strong and pure as ever."—Duncan Spencer, Washington Post

"Peter Matthiessen's book embodies the spirit of Zen in America."—Hakuyu T. Maezumi, Zen Center of Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834828797
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 343,024
  • File size: 543 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Matthiessen, distinguished novelist, naturalist, journalist, and explorer, was born in New York City and has been a commercial fisherman and charterboat captain. He participated as a diver in the worldwide search for the great white shark that culminated in his book Blue Meridian and in the film Blue Water, White Death. His fiction includes Race Rock; Partisans; Raditzer; At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for a National Book Award; and most recently Far Tortuga. His nonfiction includes The Tree Where Man Was Born, which was nominated for a National Book Award, The Snow Leopard, which won a National Book Award in 1979, and In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2002

    Interesting spiritual life & van de Wetering unfair

    This is an interesting autobiographical account of Matthiessen's quest for spiritual understanding of Zen Buddhist practice, which led him to lead a Zen Buddhist life. Maybe van de Wetering has all the answers he needs in life; however, for a skeptical/spiritual inquirer or devoted Zen Buddhist, this book helps one get in touch with one's spiritual side. Even if Zen Buddhism isn't your bag, it's interesting to see how someone else attends to their spirit. (Only drawback: The narrative is slow at times, BUT the writing is picturesque and poetic.)

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