Synopses & Reviews
Walking the Way affirms that, like yin and yang, the flowing spontaneity of Tao and the precise simplicity of Zen find perfect balance with one another. Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum brings the two traditions together in a unique presentation that elicits Zen insights from his fresh interpretation of verses from the perennial Taoist classic, the Tao Te Ching. Personal anecdotes from Rosenbaum's life illustrate the dynamic potential of his approach, skillfully revealing Zen within the Tao and the Tao of Zen.
"Deftly written essays, snapshot vignettes of daily life lived with emotion and depth, and a poetic version of the Tao Te Ching backed by a lifetime of spiritual practice these are the elements of a text that will inspire and awaken you like the sound of water or the calm voice of a friend. This book is to be savored." Norman Fischer, author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
Robert Rosenbaum manages to restore some of the bite to the Tao Te Ching. His humor, wisdom, personal failings, and genuine aspirations combine to make it new and make it speak to us with live words.” Barry Magid, author of Ordinary Mind
Walking the Way is deeply thoughtful and eminently practical.” Elana Rosenbaum, author of Here for Now
About the Author
Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, Ph.D., has been a Zen practitioner for forty years and received lay entrustment from Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley Zen Center. Bob is also authorized as a senior teacher of the Taoist practice of Dayan (Wild Goose) qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun by Master Hui Liu and teaches at the Wen Wu School and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For thirty years he practiced Zen and qigong while raising a family, trekking the mountains of the High Sierras and the Great Himalaya Trail, and working as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and specialist in behavioral medicine and chronic pain for Kaiser Permanente.
Bob is the author of Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. He has also been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India and director of the doctoral training program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Sojun Mel Weitsman is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, and a former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He lives in San Francisco.