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Diary of a Zen Nun

Shin, Nan (Nancy Amphoux)

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ISBN 10: 0525244085 / ISBN 13: 9780525244080
Published by Dutton, NY, 1986
Used Condition: VG+/VG+ Hardcover
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12mo. 228pp. Rem mark bottom edge. Bit of light wear to DJ. Bookseller Inventory # MAIN000707I

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Title: Diary of a Zen Nun

Publisher: Dutton, NY

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG+/VG+

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st.

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The author recounts her struggle to overcome cancer, describes her daily schedule studying Zen Buddhism, and shares her observations on life

From Publishers Weekly:

A Zen nun cruising along the outskirts of Paris in a Honda at 110 mph? The expatriate Midwesterner author is no ordinary Zen nun, and her unusual journal, crafted in musical, finely controlled prose, is really several books in one: an account of her triumph over ovarian cancer, purportedly achieved with the aid of Zen discipline; a nature diary full of precise details about birds, plants, fish and insects; a memoir of globe-trotting with her Japanese Zen master. While the parts don't always mesh and the musing tends to become tedious, the author's wry observations of people, places and daily events read like Zen parables on the need to "solve the problem of your own life and death" and the futility of forcing things. Watson's drawings, interwoven with the text, add personal charm; shorter chapters are wrapped around illustrations and arranged like prose poems to good effect.
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