One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir

One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir

by Henry Shukman


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"If you've ever wondered how a messed up kid like you or me might master the wisdom of Zen, One Blade of Grass is the adventure for you. It's great company—and after reading it, you might recognize that you're further along than you imagined." —David Hinton, editor and translator of The Four Chinese Classics and author of The Wilds of Poetry

One Blade of Grass tells the story of how meditation practice helped Henry Shukman to recover from the depression, anxiety, and chronic eczema he had had since childhood and to integrate a sudden spiritual awakening into his life. By turns humorous and moving, this beautifully written memoir demystifies Zen training, casting its profound insights in simple, lucid language, and takes the reader on a journey of their own, into the hidden treasures of life that contemplative practice can reveal to any of us.

"This heartfelt and beautifully written memoir provides one of the most insightful, informative, and honest accounts of Zen practice yet to appear in English." —Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092624
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 182,926
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

HENRY SHUKMAN is originally from Britain and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he leads Mountain Cloud Zen Center and is codirector of the Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute. He is an award-winning poet and writer and an associate master in the Sanbo Zen lineage. Find out more at

Table of Contents


Part One: One Bright Pearl

Speedy’s Dog

Skin Deep

The Gap


The Alternatives

Tired of London, Tired of Life

Part Two: The Ox and the Mosquito

Lawrence Land

Reluctant Mystic


Teacher, Teacher

Sweet Obedience

Black Hole

Part Three: Calf Born of a Bull

Koan of the Suburbs

Absolute Zero

Book Burial

No Other

Mountain Cloud


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