Chadwick's Reviews > Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center

Shoes Outside the Door by Michael Downing
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Sep 29, 08

bookshelves: books-of-the-city, memoir, american-history, spirituality
Read in September, 2008

A rich, kaleidescopic history of America's first Zen temple. Although the bulk of the work focuses on the 1983 sex and money scandal that threatened to destroy the San Francisco Zen Center, all of the interviews taken together give a fascinating gestalt view of the story of the Center as a whole.

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