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Jake Fades by David   Guy
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May 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: buddhism, fiction-novels
Recommended for: Zen students, and the zen curious
Read in May, 2010

David Guy captures much of the beauty, intimacy and unknowingness of zen practice and especially of the teacher/student relationship. I especially love how -- like all authentic zen teaching -- the story contains the heart essence of the dharma as expressed in the simplest gesture, act or human exchange. The final three chapters evoke all the sweetbitterness of zen practice and sesshin. I've never experienced the desire to sit while reading a novel before! In fact, still in the throes of this delightful story, once I finish writing this up, I'm going to light some incense, and just sit for awhile.
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