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Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature (review)

Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature (review) idiomatic English and combined with a Japanese heartÑsummed up his thinking: ÒThe secret of Soto Zen is just two words: not always so.Ó Those familiar with ChadwickÕs previous book, Thank You and O k! An Ameri - can Zen Failure in Japan, which chronicled the collision of Zen East and West, will Þnd a warm balance of reverence and irreverence here also. It would have been easy for him to write a hagiographyÑand the book sometimes veers towards being one Ñyet he does not hesitate to show us that Shunryu Suzuki was also exceedingly human, stubborn, and sometimes just plain wrong. In Crooked Cucumber, Chad- wick focuses on what is truly important: practice and community. In so doing, he passes down the great lessons Suzuki imparted with humor and wisdomÑand in a way that would have made the master smile. l e z a lo w i t z ■ L I T E R A T U R E & E N V I R O N M E N T Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature by Carl N. McDaniel and John M. Gowdy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. 239 pages, cloth $45, paper $17.95. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature (review)

Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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Abstract

idiomatic English and combined with a Japanese heartÑsummed up his thinking: ÒThe secret of Soto Zen is just two words: not always so.Ó Those familiar with ChadwickÕs previous book, Thank You and O k! An Ameri - can Zen Failure in Japan, which chronicled the collision of Zen East and West, will Þnd a warm balance of reverence and irreverence here also. It would have been easy for him to write a hagiographyÑand the book sometimes veers towards being one Ñyet he does not hesitate to show us that Shunryu Suzuki was also exceedingly human, stubborn, and sometimes just plain wrong. In Crooked Cucumber, Chad- wick focuses on what is truly important: practice and community. In so doing, he passes down the great lessons Suzuki imparted with humor and wisdomÑand in a way that would have made the master smile. l e z a lo w i t z ■ L I T E R A T U R E & E N V I R O N M E N T Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature by Carl N. McDaniel and John M. Gowdy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. 239 pages, cloth $45, paper $17.95.

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Published: Oct 1, 2001

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