In 1997, Zen priest and author Karen Maezen Miller and her husband took a leap of faith and purchased Southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden. Dating back to 1916, the garden needed significant attention. Over the next sixteen years, the garden fostered Miller’s growth as much as she did the garden’s.
Publisher: New World Library Formats: Paperback, Kindle Purchase: Powell’s | Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
In Paradise in Plain Sight, Miller writes eighteen chapters addressing aspects of the garden such as the curb, the path, rocks, bamboo, weeds, song, and silence. For Miller, each aspect has a lesson to impart; the sun is an invitation to really see, pines demonstrate our capacity to endure, and flowers exemplify loving without expectation of return. However, these few words oversimplify and fail to do Paradise in Plain Sight justice. Miller’s writing meanders back and forth between the garden, her personal history, and Buddhist teaching, providing indirect glimpse as truth, like a koan.
Just as Miller takes almost two decades to discover some of what her garden has to teach, Paradise in Plain Sight is meant to be savored and pondered. For those seeking an Under the Tuscan Sun written from a Buddhist perspective, Paradise in Plain Sight is not be missed.
Many people have reported having a sense of déjà vu or a “gut feeling” around events in their life. Sometimes it turns out to be something mundane, while other times the event ends up being life-changing, or even lifesaving. Lisa K’s Intuition [...]
Riding the Light Beam: How Any Woman Can Find the Hero Inside is a book of questions and reflections posed by author Cathrine Silver in her quest to aid others as they too wrestle with their own life’s journey. She describes many moments for her [...]
Recently, the country was somewhat startled to hear that people, especially young people, were leaving brick and mortar churches to pursue their spirituality in their own way, or not at all. Elizabeth Drescher is a Professor of Religion and [...]