zen encounters with loneliness

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“Every few years, if you’re lucky, a book comes along that changes your life. Zen Encounters with Loneliness is one of those books.”—Satya Robyn, author of Afterwards

ZEN ENCOUNTERS WITH LONELINESS

Terrance Keenan

One of Spirituality & Practice’s Best Spiritual Books of 2014!

Embark on a poignant and sometimes comic journey through Zen, poetry, and the transformative, personal practice of writing.

In Zen Encounters with Loneliness Terrance Keenan weaves together poetry, memoir, and raw insight to give voice to the lonely “nobody” in everyone. From his memories of early childhood to his struggles with addiction, writer’s block, and human relationship, Keenan delivers a heart-rending portrayal of the human hunger for selfhood and connection. Through his beautifully crafted literary reflections, he finds that Zen does not comfort our dream of being somebody, rather, it reveals connection only when we face who we really are—nobody. Zen Encounters intimately calls us to recognize that the well of emptiness is also a well of potential—to grow, learn, and overcome adversity.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 328 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $17.95
  • ISBN 9781614291862
  • ebook
  • 328 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614292036
about the author
Zen Encounters with Loneliness

Terrance Keenan was formerly a special collections librarian and head monk at the Zen Center of Syracuse. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in national journals, including The Georgia Review, Epoch, White Pine, and River, as well as in numerous anthologies. Keenan was trained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist priest under Roko Sherry Chayat and Eido T. Shimano Roshi. He lives in County Cork, Ireland.