Shoes Outside the Door. Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center. MICHAEL DOWNING.

Shoes Outside the Door. Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center.

Washington D.C. Counterpoint. 2001. [Reprint]. Stock ID #163133

385pp., very good hardback copy in dustjacket. The San Francisco Zen Centre was the first Buddhist monastery established outside of Asia. It became hugely successful, with it's real estate including a Hot Springs resort, and vegetarian restaurant that became a hub of counterculture and celebrity sightings. Within this glamour, a sex scandal rocked Zen Centre, and in 1983 it catapulted the centre into the spotlight debate of alternative religious practice in America. Downing uses the diverse voices of the story to weave a web around a Zen approach to the challenges the centre faced. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163133).

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