If a flaming tree falls in the forest, does anybody panic? Not if the onlookers are Zen Buddhist monks. When wildfires threatened their mountain home in 2008, five California monks saved the oldest Zen monastery in the U.S. by guiding the flames as one would an old but unruly friend. Colleen Morton Busch’s riveting account is an astonishing portrait of courage under fire, and the power of mindfulness in the face of crisis.
About the Writer
James Mustich is the author of the new book 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List. A veteran bookseller, he was a founder, and for twenty years publisher, of the book catalogue A Common Reader, and later the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Barnes & Noble Review.