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Resensie: STOEP ZEN: A Zen Life in South Africa

STOEP ZEN: A Zen Life in South Africa

Author: Antony Osler. Published by Jacana Media,
ISBN 9781770095861.

Lao Tzu meets Oom Schalk Lourens in this delightful meditation on what it means to practise Zen in a changing South Africa.

Antony Osler – Buddhist monk, legal adviser, farmer and father – contemplates life as it passes by the stoep of his Karoo farm, sharing anecdotes and conversations, poetic images and indelible characters, watching the seasons, the people and his country as everything changes, just so.

"I lift my eyes to Coleskop and fear no evil. But if I don't watch my step I will fall into an aardvarkgat." Zen practice is to find the heart of each moment, as Osler reminds us.

His title is as full of heart as it is of wisdom; his musings on humility, acceptance, reconciliation and love are gentle and often humorous – reminders of what it is to be human.

A magical blend of short essays, haiku-style poems and atmospheric photographs mirroring life in a small community amid one of the world's most distinctive landscapes, the Karoo.

This is a must read!

'A wonderful book about Zen in the new South Africa. It's the real thing and I will give copies to all my friends.' (John Tarrant, Roshi, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros and Other Koans to Save Your Life.)

'Fantastic, poetic, artistic – full of good writing and good Zen.' (Jane Dobisz, Zen Master Bon Yeon, author of 100 Days of Solitude.)

'Even after I fell asleep I carried on tasting the words – it was better than chocolate.' (Prof. Les Todres, author of Embodied Enquiry.)

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