Zen on the Trail: Hiking as Pilgrimage


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Wisdom Publications
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5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher 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 Kitaro's An Inquiry into the Good; a translation (with Gishin Tokiwa) of Shin'ichi Hisamatsu's Critical Sermons of the Zen Tradition. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.


"Like John Muir, Chris Ives knows that going out into the natural world is really going inward. This book about pilgrimage is itself a pilgrimage: we accompany the author as he leaves civilization behind to enter the wilderness and encounter his true nature and original face."--David R. Loy, author of Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; The World Is Made of Stories; A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency; and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons
"Highly informative and richly personal, Zen on the Trail reveals how heading out on a trail can carry us beyond our usual senses and sense of ourselves to uncover new possibilities, opening up spacious vistas that deepen our lives. Ives shows us how we might see such passages in the rhythms of our larger life journeys as well. Along the way we receive useful lessons in Zen philosophy, lore, and practice. "--Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry, and translator of Dogen's Extensive Record
"A fresh approach to hiking as pilgrimage, enriched by the Chris Ives's deep familiarity with Zen traditions and Japanese ideas of nature. This book offers gateways to epiphany and self-realization through experiencing reconnection in the midst of letting go. Ives draws from his own Zen practice and spiritual hiking to encourage readers to taste the intimacy of encounter, transience, and the sacred. A lovely book of reflections."--Prof. Stephanie Kaza, author of Mindfully Green