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Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey
     

Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey

by David Schneider, Bernie Glassman (Foreword by)
 

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Drag queen, junkie, alcoholic, commune leader--and, finally, Buddhist teacher: these words describe the unlikely persona of Issan Dorsey, one of the most beloved teachers to emerge from American Zen. Street Zen follows Dorsey from his days as a female impersonator to the LSD experiences that set him on the spiritual path. In 1989, after 20 years of Zen

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Drag queen, junkie, alcoholic, commune leader--and, finally, Buddhist teacher: these words describe the unlikely persona of Issan Dorsey, one of the most beloved teachers to emerge from American Zen. Street Zen follows Dorsey from his days as a female impersonator to the LSD experiences that set him on the spiritual path. In 1989, after 20 years of Zen practice, he became abbot of San Francisco's Hartford Street Zen Center, where he founded a hospice for AIDS patients. Street Zen draws on interviews David Schneider conducted with Dorsey before his death in 1990 and parallels their nearly 20-year friendship.

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San Francisco Chronicle
A crisp, candid, and utterly engaging read . . . an excellent addition to the still-early annals of American Buddhism.
Lambda Book Report
Well-researched, cleanly written . . . It details an amazing man and adds to our knowledge of gay history, Buddhist history, and AIDS activist history. . . . Overall, Street Zen is a wonderful tribute to a unique and heroic individual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569246375
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.79(d)

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Allen Ginsberg
An inside look at Zen masters, their sublimity, scandals, and humanity, a tearful chronicle of home-grown American Buddhist heroism.
Phillippe Augendre
I wouldn’t know anything better than to recommend The Art of Time to you. Not to read it, so it would be nothing more than a gadget, a loss of time. But to meditate on it
Norman Cousins
he greatest discovery of all in the 20th century is that individual human beings possess inner resources far beyond far beyond inventorying or even imagining. Servan-Schreiber helps the individual to make vital connnections with these inner resources in a way that helps to define and meet the challenges of modern living. His probings are exciting; his conclusions are sensible, valuable, and highly usable.
Peter Matthiesen
A fascinating account of the life and death of an extraordinary teacher who was also a pioneer in the ‘engaged Buddhism’ that seems bound to be the way of American Zen.

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