Meditations on the Trail

image description

“This delightful backpack-sized volume introduces simple and rewarding meditations to invite the quiet mind while hiking. Drawing on Japanese insights, Chris Ives shows how being in nature can be a rich practice field, where close attention and attuning to natural flow open up to Big Sky mind. Ives’ spare narratives take us into the Zen land of ‘not one, not two’ and the possibility of walking as sacred pilgrimage. For walkers of all paces and geographies, this lovely book is a helpful guide for savoring moments on the trail and feeling how deeply related we are to all existence.”
—Stephanie Kaza, author of Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology

Meditations on the Trail is a guidebook to hiking as a spiritual practice that can nurture our capacities for attention, presence, and joy. Ives offers us a sparkling net of Dharma jewels: traditional teachings made accessible through practices that cultivate deep connection with the pulsing matrix of life that envelops and supports us.”—William Edelglass, wilderness guide, director of studies at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and associate professor at Emerson College

“Practical, elegant, and personal, Christopher Ives’ book is a treasure, transporting our hikes into the ordinary profundity of Zen practice. It will certainly be in my backpack!”—Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University and author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism


A Guidebook for Self-Discovery

Christopher Ives

Meditations on the Trail offers a rich array of do-anywhere meditations that will help you explore and deepen your connection to nature, and yourself, in new ways, making the most of your time on the trail.

This small book—perfect for throwing in a daypack or a back pocket as you head out for the trail—is filled with practices to take you into the heart of the natural world and uncover your most vibrant self. You’ll return home grateful, more aware of interconnection, and maybe just a little wiser.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 152 pages, 5 x 7 inches
  • $14.95
  • ISBN 9781614297529
  • ebook
  • 152 pages
  • $10.99
  • ISBN 9781614297680
about the author
Meditations on the Trail

Chris Ives is a professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on ethics in Zen Buddhism and Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. His publications include Zen on the Trail: Hiking as Pilgrimage; Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics; Zen Awakening and Society; a translation (with Masao Abe) of Nishida Kitarō’s An Inquiry into the Good; a translation (with Gishin Tokiwa) of Shin’ichi Hisamatsu’s Critical Sermons of the Zen Tradition. Chris is on the editorial board of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Other books by Christopher Ives:
Zen on the Trail

There are no products in your cart.