It is not often that a book about spiritual life comes along that causes the reader to laugh out loud! This book is certainly such a one!
Jack Haubner shares with us the trials and tribulations of life in a Californian Zen monastery, where he has lived for more than nine years.
A superb wordsmith, he allows us to watch as he shines a searchlight into the deepest recesses of his mind (and body), refusing to shy away from any uncomfortable thoughts (or functions) he finds there.
This is a ‘warts and all’ depiction of a community life of arduous discipline designed to induce relentless self-examination.
Anyone who has ever struggled with a spiritual practice will be able to appreciate this gifted writer, his wicked sense of humour and sense of the ridiculous.
ZEN CONFIDENTIAL Confessions of a Wayward Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner, with a (short) forward by Leonard Cohen