While it seeks neither to define Zen nor answer its most famous koan ('What is the sound of one hand clapping?'), The Little Book of Zen points to a calming way of looking at the world. Each page features a quote, phrase, story, koan, haiku, or poem, interspersed with essays on the Buddha, Zen arts, significant masters, and more. The feeling is that of a meditation book with 2,500 years of wisdom — from Lao-tzu to Lily Tomlin. It’s a celebration of intuition: 'If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.' — St. John the Cross. Individuality: 'Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.' — Basho. And self-discovery: 'We already have everything we need.' — Pema Chödrön.
New material is taken from contemporary spiritual leaders, writers, meditation teachers, and others with an emphasis on the practice of mindfulness — on the heart, rather than the head. Pen and ink illustrations from the author bring an additional layer of feeling and beauty.