Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire

Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire

by Colleen Morton Busch


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143121374
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 593,836
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Colleen Morton Busch’s nonfiction, poetry, and fiction have appeared in a wide range of publications, from literary magazines to the San Francisco Chronicle, Tricycle, and Yoga Journal, where she was a senior editor. A Zen student since 2000, Busch lives in Northern California with her husband and two cats.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters x

Prologue 1

1 Lightning Strikes 5

2 Fires Merge 27

3 The Three-Day-Away Fire 43

4 In The Shadow of Esperanza 59

5 Great Faith, Great Doubt, Great Effort 73

6 Fire in the Confluence 99

7 Buddha in the Bocce Ball Court 119

8 The Last Evacuation 137

9 No Leaving, No Going Back 151

10 Ring of Flame 163

11 Meeting Fire 183

12 Unburying Buddha 211

Afterword 241

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

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A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year"Vivid prose as electrifying as any beach novel you're likely to find this summer."     —San Francisco Chronicle"This day-by-day account of the defense of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center against massive wildfires in summer 2008 brings a Buddhist twist to the age-old preoccupation of humans living with—and trying to control—fire." —Publisher's Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)"An absorbing account of how two priesthoods — professional wildland firefighters and Zen monastics — confronted the fire's threat."     —Los Angeles Times"This book reads like a hair-raising adventure novel."     —Shambhala Sun"Not only a gripping narrative of the 2008 wildfire events, but also how Zen allows people to meet such colossal crisis with a focused mind."     —Seattle Post-Intelligencer"Fire Monks demonstrates the clarity of thought and action that can spring from Zen practice."     —Tricycle

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