Zen Master Next Door
Green Dragon Books, 2009 - 256 pages
As a child, I read Aesop s Fables several times enjoying seeing the characters learn lessons from their environment and their own behavior. Edward Kardos book, Zen Master Next Door: Parables for Enlightened Everyday Living, reads like a modern version of my favorite fables as the characters learn valuable lessons around topics such as generosity, aging, compassion, and grace. Salespeople, lawyers, parents, children, and others find themselves in situations where they have an opportunity to learn generosity from their neighbor, simplicity from the Amish man offering wagon rides, compassion from the mechanic who fixes an engine for a reasonable price when times are tough, and respect for diversity from a neighbor, a bus driver, and a teacher. A group of quotations written by Kardos and others follows each short story related to the lesson being illustrated. On generosity Kardos writes, A full glass can take not more. Unless we empty it, the chance for more is lost. So it is with us. We are blessed for no reason when we practice grace. As we empty ourselves giving to others, we rare miraculously filled with what we need. In the final chapter, Listening to Others, Kardos offers more selected quotations on topics such as Knowledge and Wisdom, Doubt, Today ( Never let yesterday use up too much of today. Will Rogers), Hope, Kindness, Forgiveness, and others. Some quotes came from my old friend, Aesop. For an opportunity to read stories filled with lovely descriptions of scenes, characters, and situations as well as learn lessons pertaining to everyday life, Zen Master Next Door is the book. I m going to read it again and again. Susan M. Andrus, The Midwest Book Review"
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