Zen koans, beginning some 1500 years ago, refer to stories or questions arising in encounters between monks and old Chinese and Japanese masters, and include commentaries designed to help the Zen practitioner awaken. Koans like Hakuin’s What is the sound of one hand clapping? are well-known, and the word koan has even gone mainstream.
The Book of Householder Koans is a collection of koans created by 21st century Zen practitioners living a lay life in the West. The koans deal with the challenges of relationships, raising children, work, money, love, loss, old age, and death, and come from practitioners across three continents, and with commentaries by two Western teachers.
“Radical, useful, and wild, this rich collection of householder koans opens a treasure house of wisdom for all.. What a wonderful adventure in the practical mind and heart of true Zen and true life.” Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
To be released on February 4, 2020, by Monkfish Publications. You can pre-order the book from Amazon.