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Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice by Charles Johnson (review)

Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual... Book Reviews TAMING THE OX: BUDDHIST STORIES AND REFLECTIONS ON POLITICS, RACE, CULTURE, AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. By Charles Johnson. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2014. 191 pp. Charles Johnson, now an emeritus professor of English at the University of Washington, is an American Renaissance man. He is a graphic artist, a novelist and literary critic, a philosopher, a screenplay writer, and an essayist. He is a MacArthur fellow, and he won an American Book Award for his novel Middle Passage. Johnson's work is deeply held together by his practice of Buddhism. He is a Soto Zen Buddhist. His first book of essays on this conjunction, Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing, was published in 2003. Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture and Spiritual Practice is his second collection of essays on Buddhism, African American and American culture, art, and politics. The book is divided into three sections: essays, reviews and prefaces, and stories, written between 2004 and 2014. The reviews and prefaces are of others' works but hold tantalizing connections to the full essays that precede them. The stories illustrate Johnson's speculations on how a "student or practitioner of the Buddhadharma [can] write http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice by Charles Johnson (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 36 – Oct 10, 2016

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Book Reviews TAMING THE OX: BUDDHIST STORIES AND REFLECTIONS ON POLITICS, RACE, CULTURE, AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. By Charles Johnson. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2014. 191 pp. Charles Johnson, now an emeritus professor of English at the University of Washington, is an American Renaissance man. He is a graphic artist, a novelist and literary critic, a philosopher, a screenplay writer, and an essayist. He is a MacArthur fellow, and he won an American Book Award for his novel Middle Passage. Johnson's work is deeply held together by his practice of Buddhism. He is a Soto Zen Buddhist. His first book of essays on this conjunction, Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing, was published in 2003. Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture and Spiritual Practice is his second collection of essays on Buddhism, African American and American culture, art, and politics. The book is divided into three sections: essays, reviews and prefaces, and stories, written between 2004 and 2014. The reviews and prefaces are of others' works but hold tantalizing connections to the full essays that precede them. The stories illustrate Johnson's speculations on how a "student or practitioner of the Buddhadharma [can] write

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 10, 2016

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