One Bird, One Stone

108 Contemporary Zen Stories


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"This beautifully written book will open the Zen world to everyone." --Natalie Goldberg
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288 Pages


6 x 9


Trade Paperback

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Hampton Roads Publishing


Sean Murphy is the founder and director of The Sage Institute for the Environment, Creativity, and Consciousness. He has taught at Naropa and frequently with Natalie Goldberg. He teaches meditation, creative writing and literature for UNM-Taos, and also teaches for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His website is

Drawn from the archives of major Zen centers in America and interviews with some of the most seminal figures of American Zen, including Philip Kapleau, Bernie Glassman, Gary Snyder, and Walter Nowick, One Bird, One Stone presents the notable encounters between teachers and students, the moments of insight and wisdom, the quotable quotes, and the humor of Zen as it has flowered in America over the last one hundred-plus years.

Murphy, a Zen student and an accomplished writer, conducted numerous personal interviews and distilled over one hundred pithy stories. He covers Zen masters Suzuki, Maezumi, Seung Sahn, Robert Aitken, and Philip Kapleau along with earnest students Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, and Philip Whalen and others.

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"This beautifully written book will open the Zen world to everyone." --Natalie Goldberg "The book gives you a profound glimpse into the well of the Zen mind…." -Santa Fe New Mexican "Intelligent, funny, wise and, best of all, speaks to the heart." --Rafe Martin, Zen Bow "A genuine Zen classic." --Brian Bruya, Amazon Review "Highly recommended." --Peter Haskel, Zen Notes