Zen Odyssey - Praise

The Story of Sokei-an, Ruth Fuller Sasaki, and the Birth of Zen in America

Explore two lives—and a relationship—that profoundly shaped American Zen.



384 pages, 6x9 inches


ISBN 9781614292586

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ISBN 9781614292746

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“A fascinating literary biography.” –Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, author of Being with Dying

“An incredibly intimate love story between Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Sokei-an, and Zen. A must-read for those interested in the development of Zen in the West, koan practice in the Rinzai tradition, and the struggles of women balancing practice and life—for those who might, like Ruth, wear earrings for a formal Zen ceremony. This book also reads like a Who’s Who in Zen, featuring Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, Shibayama Zenkei, D. T. Suzuki, and a host of others. I couldn’t put it down.” –Grace Schireson, author of Zen Women

“Powerful and fine.” —Peter Coyote

“These teachings are deep . . . the light of this genuine Zen master’s profound clarity shines through!” —Ven. Mitra Bishop, abbot, Mountain Gate, and Spiritual Director, Hidden Valley Zen Center

“A fine book and a good read as well. It was a pleasure for me to see this story presented accurately and with insight into Zen.”—Michael Hotz, president, First Zen Institute of America