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Four men shaking : Searching for Sanity with Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher / Lawrence Shainberg.

Shainberg, Lawrence, 1936- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781611807295
  • ISBN: 1611807298
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Boulder : Shambhala, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: "Due to what he calls his "inexplicably good karma," writer Lawrence Shainberg's life has been filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In this engaging memoir, Shainberg weaves together the narratives of three of these relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his long teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa. In Shainberg's lifelong pursuit of both writerly success and Zen equanimity, each of these men come to represent an important aspect of his experience. The brash, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg's mind for the Buddhist concept of "form," while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to him to embody "emptiness." Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen teacher continuously encouraging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept the present as it is"-- Provided by publisher.
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Lawrence Shainberg is the author of the celebrated memoir Ambivalent Zen as well as the nonfiction book Brain Surgeon: An Intimate View of His World. He has published three novels—Crust, One on One, and Memories of Amnesia—and his fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, Tricycle, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for a monograph on Samuel Beckett, published in The Paris Review.

Subject: Shainberg, Lawrence, 1936-
Shainberg, Lawrence, 1936-
Spiritual life > Zen Buddhism.
RELIGION / Buddhism / General.
Spiritual life > Zen Buddhism.
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