Smallworks Press, May 15, 2007 - 144 pages
Nawari Koans is an interpretation on the Wumenguan, which is a translation of a Chinese Zen classic called the "Wumenguan'' from about A.D. 1200, this book will be popular with anyone seriously interested in Buddhism or Zen meditation. Authored by the late archaeologist and anthropologist Robert Fitzwater, who interpreted the Zen Koan through his own American life.
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I am doing the exact thing that Jacksten would not want me to do. I am mourning him. He would tell me that there is here and not here, now and not now, then and not then.
But you see, I cannot find the comfort that that thought should give me. I have loved him for 20 plus years, but he is gone. I cannot break through the western idea of time and space. He can no longer hold me, he can no longer speak to me or touch my knee in that way he used to make a point. He can no longer stare into the far distance and come back from wherever he had been excited by something new, eagerly giving voice to it, wanting to share his new idea. My heart yearns for his presence. All the same, in some far echo, he is there.
Only this book is strangely comforting. It embodies the whole of him. And the whole of him is worth the read.
My Dad was and I say, "was" because he has now passed on from our narrow world and the
obliquity with which people run there lives. He was not always a kind person having no true guide
with which to see him through those important defining moments as a young person. As we all
know or should know there is a time in our lives when our childhood must be left behind. My Dad
was a defining light for me on this road and I learned to be a better person for his guidance and
insight learned by him in his quest for enlightenment through the teachings of Buddha. I won't
claim to understand all of what he has written or even most, but I can say for those of us like my
dad who are looking for help and understanding of the world around us and what it means this
book may be a valuable guide. He was my hero as a small girl, then my teacher and last but
certainly not least one of the best friends I have ever had. I will miss him.
The Foreigner Has No Whiskers
Up In A Tree
The Buddha Capable of Great Penetrating Knowledge
Alone and Poor
Calling the Master
Deshan Carrying His Bowl
Buddha Picks up a Flower
Wash Your Bowl
Putting on a Formal Vestment at the Sound of a Bell