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A small and admiral memoir that records the experiences of a young Dutch student who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery.

Janwillem van de Wetering is also the author of a well-known series of offbeat mystery novels. A native of Holland, he now lives in Maine.

This brief memoir, seen by many as a contemporary classic, records the experiences of a young Dutch studentlater a widely celebrated mystery writerwho spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, has written, The Empty Mirror "should be very encouraging for other Western seekers."

It is the first book in a trilogy that continues with A Glimpse of Nothingness and Afterzen.

"This small and memorable memoir records the experiences of a young Dutch student who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery . . . What makes this account extraordinary is that the book contains none of the convert's irritating certitude."Time

"A vivid, humorous, and slightly disillusioning account of a Dutchman's frustrating struggle toward enlightenment in a Japanese Zen monastery. Insightful, funny."Carl Rogers

"What emerges is a work of nonfiction, told through the ingenuous persona of van de Wetering, that is as enjoyable to read as a well-crafted novel."East West Journal

"What is accessible is the day-to-day description of life, of the monks themselves, and of the others [whom the author] met, of the jokes they played and the food they ate, of the moments of satori, the explosive moment of an understanding surpassing understanding."Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Seen by many as a contemporary classic, Janwillem van de Wetering's small and admirable memoir records the experiences of a young Dutch student—later a widely celebrated mystery writer—who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, has written, The Empty Mirror "should be very encouraging for other Western seekers."
 
It is the first book in a trilogy that continues with A Glimpse of Nothingness and Afterzen.
 

Synopsis:

A small and admiral memoir that records the experiences of a young Dutch student who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery.

About the Author

Janwillem van de Wetering has lived with his wife on the Maine Coast for twenty years, but before that he lived literally all over the world --Holland, South Africa, London, Japan, South America. He is the author of a successful mystery series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312207748
Author:
Van de Wetering, Janwillem
Author:
Van De
Author:
Van de Wetering, Janwillem
Author:
Wetering, Janwillem Van De
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Monasticism
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Religious life (buddhism)
Subject:
Moanastic and religious life (Zen Buddhism)
Subject:
Monastic and religious life (Zen Buddhism)
Subject:
Moanastic and religious life (Zen Buddhism) -- Japan.
Subject:
Moanastic and religious life
Subject:
Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Buddhism/Zen (see also PHILOSOPHY/Zen)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.49 x 0.4 in

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Seen by many as a contemporary classic, Janwillem van de Wetering's small and admirable memoir records the experiences of a young Dutch student—later a widely celebrated mystery writer—who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, has written, The Empty Mirror "should be very encouraging for other Western seekers."
 
It is the first book in a trilogy that continues with A Glimpse of Nothingness and Afterzen.
 
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A small and admiral memoir that records the experiences of a young Dutch student who spent a year and a half as a novice monk in a Japanese Zen Buddhist monastery.

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