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Buddha Facing the Wall
Buddha Facing the Wall

Buddha Facing the Wall

Interviews with American Zen Monks

Edited by Sara Jenkins


208 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.00 (US $14.00) (CA $20.00)

Publication Date: September 1999

ISBN 9780963078438

Rights: WOR

Keep It Simple Books (Sep 1999)

Price: $14.00


Buddha Facing the Wall presents firsthand accounts of life in an American Zen monastery. Interviews with fifteen monks offer vivid personal glimpses of how everything about the monastery—from the daily schedule through meetings with the teacher to the silence itself—is designed to support the deep inner work that leads to spiritual transformation.


"This is an important book that both answers and invites questions which all those in the Dharma should consider." —Joan Halifax, Roshi

"I like Cheri Huber's approach--down to earth, common-sensical, useful, and illuminating. This book shows how the Dharma effectively applies to people's lives." —Robert Thurman, author, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness

Author Biography

Sara Jenkins worked as an art historian, director of an oral history project, and managing editor of a medical research journal before plunging simultaneously into freelance life and Zen Buddhism fourteen years ago. Since then she has occupied many points along the editorial spectrum, including copy editor, illustrations editor, nonfiction author's editor, book producer, and writer. She lives in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Cheri Huber is the author of 19 books, including There Is Nothing Wrong with You, When You're Falling, Dive,and Time-Out for Parents. She founded the Mountain View Zen Center in Mountain View, California, and the Zen Monastery Practice Center in Murphys, California, and teaches in both communities. She travels widely and often, leading workshops and retreats around the United States and abroad, most recently in Costa Rica and Italy. She founded Living Compassion in 2003, a nonprofit group comprised of There Is Nothing Wrong With You Retreats (based on the book); Global Community for Peace: The Assisi Peace Project; The Africa Vulnerable Children Project; and Open Air Talk Radio, her weekly call-in radio show originating from Stanford University. She lives in Murphys, California.