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text 2017-05-11 10:34
11th May 2017
The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma - Bodhidharma,Red Pine

As a lamp, a cataract, a star in space
an illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble
a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightning
view all created things like this.


Red Pine


May 11, 868: The Diamond Sutra, a book of Buddhist teachings, is thought to be the oldest surviving complete printed book that has a date of printing. Bill Porter, pen name Red Pine, is the author of a popular English translation.

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photo 2017-04-20 07:49
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Wu Wei zen poem from tree of life spiritual poetry book by Natasa Pantovic Nuit

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review 2017-04-16 00:00
Zen in the Art of Writing
Zen in the Art of Writing - Ray Bradbury This is one of the best books about the craft of writing, where do ideas come from, and how to treat the impostor syndrome.
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review 2016-12-21 23:28
Sorcerer to the Crown: Or Pride & Prejudice & Magic
Sorcerer to the Crown (A Sorcerer Royal Novel) - Zen Cho

Book, it's not you. It's me. This year I read several books that really helped me pin down what I do and do not enjoy in my reading. This book helped me realize that I really don't enjoy historical fiction. It's just a matter of taste. Cho really embraces regency fiction, and she nails it. Unfortunately, I really don't like regency fiction. Hence, my lack of enthusiasm for this particular book. 

HOWEVER! If you like regency stories you should absolutely pick this one up. If you've ever longed for Pride and Prejudice with lots of magic this is your new favorite book. It has lots of properness, charm, blushing (so much blushing...), sorcery, and politics. It also has things to say about gender and race, which you don't often see in a regency story. It's well written, the magic is interesting and well developed, and the characters are enjoyable. Most of the people I know who have read it also insist Cho is very funny (again, it's not you, book, it's me). 

So weirdly, despite the fact that I didn't really enjoy this book, it is one that I feel like I can heartily recommend. Cho has really created something special with this one, and I think a lot of people will absolutely fall in love with this one. If you want to read a magical regency romp then snap this one up post-haste. And if you're like me, and could happily never read another book with people blushing at each other at a society party, then give this one a miss.

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text 2016-10-31 20:55
The Zen Garden




all summer long

the monk rakes the pebbles

in the pagoda garden

and when the coloured leaves fell

he forgot which season it was

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