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"Not simply a narrative history: it raises the larger question of what constitutes the Americanization of Zen."

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Eastern tradition collides with Western individualism in this provocative and compulsively readable investigation of Buddhism, American-style. A genuine spiritual movement becomes strangely entangled with elitist aesthetics, the culture of celebrity, multi-million-dollar investment portfolios, sex scandals, and an unsolved crime.

Told Rashomon-fashion by a singular mix of hippies, millionaires, intellectuals, and lost souls whose lives are almost unbelievably intertwined, Shoes Outside the Door is the first book to examine the inner workings of the profoundly influential San Francisco Zen Center. In exploring the history of the most important institution in American Buddhism, author Michael Downing provocatively captures the profound ambivalence of people who earnestly seek both inner peace and worldly satisfaction.

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ISBN:
9781582432540
Author:
Downing, Michael
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suzuki, Shunryu
Subject:
Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
Eastern - Zen
Subject:
San Francisco Zen Center
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Zen Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
106-1099
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19.5 oz

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Product details 416 pages Counterpoint Press - English 9781582432540 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Eastern tradition collides with Western individualism in this provocative and compulsively readable investigation of Buddhism, American-style. A genuine spiritual movement becomes strangely entangled with elitist aesthetics, the culture of celebrity, multi-million-dollar investment portfolios, sex scandals, and an unsolved crime.

Told Rashomon-fashion by a singular mix of hippies, millionaires, intellectuals, and lost souls whose lives are almost unbelievably intertwined, Shoes Outside the Door is the first book to examine the inner workings of the profoundly influential San Francisco Zen Center. In exploring the history of the most important institution in American Buddhism, author Michael Downing provocatively captures the profound ambivalence of people who earnestly seek both inner peace and worldly satisfaction.

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