The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

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Ross Bolleter

Traditionally, Zen koans—the teaching stories of Zen—are drawn from the words and teachings of ancient masters and primarily address the concerns of (male) monastic practitioners. In The Crow Flies Backwards, Ross Bolleter changes all that. The 108 modern koans offered within address sexuality and childbirth, family, parenthood, work, money and even the nature time itself. These koans are drawn from a variety of modern sources: Western philosophy, the Bible, contemporary and classic literature from Proust to Lewis Carroll and Mary Oliver and Anne Carson, as well as stories provided by author’s encounters with his Zen students.

Bolleter’s commentaries provide guidance to the reader on how to engage with each koan and koans in general, and direct guidance in to meditate with koans. An appendix offers rarely-seen intimate and in-depth accounts of the process of koan introspection, from four of the author’s senior students.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 inches
  • $17.95
  • ISBN 9781614292944
  • ebook
  • 336 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614293132
about the author
The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Ross Bolleter is a Zen teacher in the Diamond Sangha tradition. He trained with Robert Aitken and John Tarrant, and received Transmission from them in 1997. Ross Bolleter teaches in Australia and New Zealand. He is a composer with numerous CD releases, especially in the field of ruined piano. His book of poems, Piano Hill, was published n 2009, and was the subject of a television documentary aired in Australia and New Zealand.

Other books by Ross Bolleter:
Dongshan’s Five Ranks

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