Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969-1982

Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969-1982

by Peter Matthiessen
     
 

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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 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

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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834828797
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
530,458
File size:
1 MB

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From the Publisher
"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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