A memoir of author and poet Henry Shukman's lifelong journey through Zen Buddhism and the experiences in his life - both positive and painful - that fuelled his quest.
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'The book Shukman was born to write'
NATALIE GOLDBERG, author of WRITING DOWN THE BONES
'A wonderful and generous book'
DAVID HINTON, author of THE WILDS OF POETRY
'Heartfelt and beautifully written'
STEPHEN BATCHELOR, author of AFTER BUDDHISM
One Blade of Grass is award-winning novelist and poet Henry Shukman's account of his journey through the world of Zen Buddhism. Raised in a rationalist household in Oxford during the spiritual heyday of the Sixties and Seventies, an unexpected spiritual awakening would prompt a lifelong quest to integrate the experience into his life, leading him eventually to Zen Buddhism. As Shukman gets to grips with meditative practice and struggles with anxiety, depression and the chronic eczema he had had since childhoods, he discovers in surprising ways the emotional, spiritual and even physical healing that he has been searching for all along.
By turns humorous and moving, this beautifully written memoir demystifies Zen training, casting its profound insights in simple, lucid language, and takes the reader on a journey of their own, into the hidden treasures of life that contemplative practice can reveal to any of us.
Henry Shukman is the author of two novellas, DARIEN DOGS and SANDSTORM, which won the Author's Club First Novel Award in 2006. His collection of poetry, IN DR NO'S GARDEN, was chosen as one of the Books of the Year in 2003 by both The Times and the Guardian, and was awarded the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize the same year. He has also won the Daily Telegraph Arvon Poetry Prize. He has worked as a travel writer and a trombonist, and sometimes writes for the New York Times. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.