By All Means (Paperback)

A Zen Cautionary Tale

By Edward Brown, Margot Koch (Illustrator), John Simpkins (Illustrator)

Missing Links Press, 9780989922807, 107pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

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As the cover advises, this is a "Zen Cautionary Tale." But against what exactly are we to be cautioned? The darkness that may lurk beneath the safe refuge of childhood memories? The ordinary life you may find yourself living after all the spiritual aspirations? The inevitable way every little thing in the universe is hitched to everything else (and time is not a one-way street)? Perhaps it's simply a warning that Zen practice could lead to talking with stuffed animals--and you don't know what they will say

Edward Brown takes us on a winding tale through the real-life events of a stuffed piggy named Ponce, whose path suddenly crosses with that of an imaginary person, named, at times, Edward. The challenges of their everyday lives and lucid perceptions lead ultimately towards a most singular moment of enlightenment and mutual recognition.