Blowing Zen : Finding an Authentic Life

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-05-16
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Blowing Zen is an uplifting and passionate memoir that has inspired and entranced readers since its original release. This new edition includes an additional chapter, an updated epilogue, an afterword, and photographs.

Author Biography

Ray Brooks is a composer, performer, recording artist, and teacher. Well-known as a masterful shakuhachi player, he gives solo concerts in North America, Europe, and Japan. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Zen Touristp. 1
Pipe Dreamsp. 17
Roots and Branchesp. 27
Worlds Apartp. 35
A Corporate Warriotp. 47
An Old Soloistp. 53
A tale of Two Teachersp. 73
Watet Seekers and Worshippersp. 91
Temple Senseip. 101
Grand Masterp. 109
Listening to Incensep. 127
Gaijin Komusop. 145
Impermanencep. 159
Shakuhachi Marathonp. 171
Brearh of the Ancientsp. 193
R.S.V.P. or else!p. 211
Paying my Respectsp. 227
Live at the Mokuba-teip. 243
The Accidental Flute Playerp. 265
Epilogue to the Revised Editionp. 269
Afterwordp. 275
Glossaryp. 279
List of Musical Piecesp. 284
List of Recurring Charactersp. 285
About the Authorp. 286
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