Stoep Zen (Paperback)

A Zen Life in South Africa

By Antony Osler

Jacana Media, 9781770095861, 176pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008

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Ruminating on what it means to achieve Zen in a continent that has experienced fear, injustice, and inspirational political revolution, this meditation is a refreshingly enlightening account of practicing Buddhism in a volatile and ever-changing South Africa. Reminiscent of Lau Tsu combined with Oom Schalk Lourens, this luminescent and contemplative guide to inner sanctum draws on the experience and knowledge of an advocate of human rights and a former Zen monk. Lightly musing on the abstract concepts of humility, acceptance, reconciliation, and love and layered with swirling emotion and poetic insight on the nature of mankind—especially in the face of seemingly impossible adversity—this deeply spiritual and often humorous journey is as full of heart as it is of wisdom and serves as a necessary yet gentle reminder of what it is to be human.

About the Author

Antony Osler is a meditation instructor, an advocate for human rights, and the coauthor of Quiet Food: A Recipe for Sanity.