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The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans


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Ross Bolleter Roshi is a Zen teacher in the Diamond Sangha tradition teaching in Australia and New Zealand. He trained with Robert Aitken and John Tarrant and received transmission from them in 1997. He is also a composer with numerous CD releases, especially in the field of ruined piano. He's also the author of The Five Ranks of Dongshan. Ross lives and teaches in Perth, Western Australia.


"Ross Bolleter's book opens with perhaps the best written introduction to koan work I've encountered. He strips away unnecessary mystique and preserves the delights of their mystery and the seriousness of their play--and he anchors koans in our everyday experience. Ranging far and wide, it brings in topics which are rarely touched on in the traditional koan literature: sexual desire, the pain of childbirth; the enlightenment offered by a popular song. In doing so, he enlivens lay practice without diluting the discipline of traditional Zen forms. With warmth and humor leavening his erudition, Bolleter invites us to delve into intimacy and widen to wonder."--Robert Rosenbaum, author of Walking the Way
"A touching and insightful read, filled with intimacy and deep humanity. Ross Bolleter reveals working with Zen koans as a creative and liberating practice."--Rafe Martin, author of Before Buddha Was Buddha

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