"The reader will be delighted and entertained by these teachings, and this beautifully written book will open the Zen world to everyone". Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones
"A blend of Herman Hesse, Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut." Washington Post
"Amusing and amiable....Murphy has a deft, light touch." Kirkus Reviews
"A rich, vast, and slyly comedic novel that leaves you laughing and weeping. Read and rejoice." Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
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I was born in New York City, raised in Miami Beach, and went to University of California in Santa Barbara, finishing up with an MFA in Writing from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. In 1986 I walked across America with The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament. This 9-month adventure gave me a step-by-step sense of the continent, and of American culture, which deeply influences my writing.
Since 1987 I've been a formal practitioner of Zen meditation, spending much time training at Zen monasteries and practice centers. This is another key influence on my work.
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