This wonderful, funny, life giving book, includes many stories, anecdotes and exercises so that the reader can bring it right into her life. I was so grateful for the simple and clear way Zen was communicated here. It allowed me to see it as part of my real life, not something to be done far away in another world. The instructions are so clear and helpful that it becomes simple to see how Zen practice is for everyone, no matter what their background, and also to see different ways it can be done.
Thank you for helping me turn my life around.
I was turned onto this book by a review I read in Tricycle magazine. Since I love the book so much, I wanted to pass on the review to others (I can't review it any better).
"This is relationship, samurai-style, as we are systematically led along the path from "becoming available" to "meeting the beloved." At each stage of Zen training, we receive an analogous lesson on love"...."the rigor of traditional monastic training shines through the spare language and format."....Aspects of Zen practice that can be controversial or confounding are presented matter-of-factly. A few of the love lessons may even raise eyebrows..." "Zen love, like Zen practice, is not for the timid. If the path at times seems too steep, the reader can just follow the Stepping Stones To Love in each chapter, small actions that lead to awareness." ..."Shoshanna holds out the redemptive possibilities of practice: "By simply paying attention to each step we take, by becoming that attentive and present, we can turn around our relationships."