The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery The Empty Mirror discussion


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SATIRE OR ZEN?

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Drea What do you think about the Empty Mirror? Funny or insulting?


Rickeclectic I don't think it is satire. I have read almost everything Van de Wetering has written, the fiction, non-fiction and the children's book. I believe he was very dedicated to Zen but also troubled by some of the dichotomies of the japanese way of "teaching." I think it was his way to try to cut through what he saw as bull and still preserve the effort toward a Zen state of mind.


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