Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of by Colleen Morton Busch

By Colleen Morton Busch

The "vivid" and "electrifying" precise tale of ways 5 clergymen kept the oldest Zen Buddhist monastery within the usa from wildfire (San Francisco Chronicle).

while a huge wildfire surrounded Tassajara Zen Mountain middle, 5 priests risked their lives to reserve it. A gripping narrative in addition to a portrait of the Zen course and the methods of wildfire, Fire Monks finds what it ability to fulfill a problem with complete presence of mind.

Zen grasp and writer of the vintage Zen brain, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi tested a monastery at Tassajara sizzling Springs in 1967, attracted to the location's attractiveness, peace, and seclusion. Deep within the desert east of huge Sur, the guts is attached to the skin international via a unmarried unpaved street. The remoteness that makes it an oasis additionally makes it fairly weak while catastrophe moves. If fireplace entered the canyon, there will be no escape.

greater than thousand wildfires, began through a unmarried lightning typhoon, blazed around the country of California in June 2008. With assets stretched skinny, firefighters prompt citizens at Tassajara to evacuate early. so much did. A small workforce stayed at the back of, getting ready to guard the monastery while the fireplace arrived.

yet not anything may have ready them for what got here subsequent. A treacherous shift in climatic conditions triggered a last order to evacuate every person, together with all firefighters. As they caravanned up the line, 5 senior clergymen made the dicy selection to show again. counting on their Zen education, they have been in a position to stay within the second and do the probably impossible-to greet the fireplace no longer as an enemy to defeat, yet as a pal to guide.

Fire Monks pivots at the form of second a few search and a few run from, while existence and demise grasp in simultaneous view. newbies in fireplace yet specialists in readiness, the Tassajara clergymen summoned either instinct and knowledge to stand quandary with startling readability. the result's a profound lesson within the artwork of living.

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Abb. 1) folgenden Stiefmutter viel zu verdanken, da sie das Kind, zumal sich später eine angeborene Hör- und Sprechbehinderung herausstellte, aufopferungsvoll versorgte. Auch jetzt bedarf die Ehefrau gelegentlicher Verständigungshilfen durch den Ehemann, um gestellte Fragen immer voll aufnehmen zu können. Der Ehemann sei von Kindesbeinen an an Arbeit gewöhnt gewesen, ab dem 14. Lebensjahr habe er "hart herangemußt". In seiner Herkunftsfamilie wirkt der Vater insofern verbindend, als er sowohl mit seiner Mutter als auch mit dem Bruder, deren Beziehung zueinander "gleich Null" sei, Verbindung hält.

Die Rekrutierungsbemühungen erstreckten sich über einen Zeitraum von 2 Jahren (1981-1983). Ausgehend von alarmierend hohen Zahlen bezüglich der Zunahme von alkohol süchtigen Schülern (Gruner 1977; Jasinski 1975; Stob er 1978) boten wir zunächst eine ambulante, familienorientierte Therapie an. Von diesem Angebot wurden Lehrer, jugendpsychiatrische Dienste, Beratungsstellen, anonyme Jugendberatung, Kindersorgentelefon usw. durch Handzettel informiert. Zusätzlich halfen Presse und Rundfunk, diese Information zu verbreiten.

Untersuchung 15 Monate später lebt die Familie noch in einem Haushalt zusammen. Die Mutter und die Schwester des Vaters kämen nicht mehr 3-4mal wöchentlich, sondern nur noch alle 14 Tage zu Besuch und nähmen das Alkoholproblem des Indexpatienten ernster. Die Mutter mütterlicherseits sei näher an die Familie herangerückt, da sie den nun abstinenten Schwiegersohn eher akzeptiere. Beide Kinder betrachten die Ehe der Eltern nun als "normal", es herrsche weniger Streit, die Eltern unternähmen mehr gemeinsam als früher, die Kontakte zum Bekanntenkreis seien wieder aufgeblüht.

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