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Silence and Noise: Growing up Zen in America / Edition 1

Silence and Noise: Growing up Zen in America / Edition 1

by Ivan Richmond
     
 

ISBN-10: 0743417550

ISBN-13: 2900743417555

Pub. Date: 07/29/2003

Publisher: Atria Books

Over half a century ago, when the first Zen Masters came to America, eager young students in search of enlightenment flocked to hear their teachings. Many, like Ivan Richmond's parents, became Buddhist teachers themselves while raising their children at monasteries and retreat centers. Growing up in the seventies in the deliberate silence of a Buddhist community,

Overview

Over half a century ago, when the first Zen Masters came to America, eager young students in search of enlightenment flocked to hear their teachings. Many, like Ivan Richmond's parents, became Buddhist teachers themselves while raising their children at monasteries and retreat centers. Growing up in the seventies in the deliberate silence of a Buddhist community, young Ivan knew only the hippies and redwoods of Northern California. When his family left in 1983, he became an immigrant in his own country, suddenly entering a mainstream society that was full of paradox and pop culture, uncertainty and noise. This is the story of his struggle to find peace amidst the chaos. Whether dispensing kernels of Buddhist insight taught to him as a child or reflecting on the merits of rock concerts, Richmond narrates his emergence from seclusion with a sensitivity that is often touching, frequently funny, and always honest. The story of the powerfully resonant journey of this foot soldier in the front lines of American Buddhism is an essential read for anyone interested in the current state of Zen in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900743417555
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
07/29/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who I Amxi
1An American Immigrant in America--Eight Conflicts1
2Leaving Green Gulch26
3Buddhist Culture versus Popular Culture36
4Nonmaterialism versus Materialism71
5Patience versus Impatience95
6Child Care versus Child Freedom106
7Nonviolence versus Violence127
8Eastern versus Western Morality143
9Silence versus Noise161
10Converts and Natives171
Conclusion: Finding Myself181

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