"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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Zen Resources


In One Bird, One Stone, I give a full list of suggested reading, including individuals’ personal accounts of their own Zen training, books by contemporary teachers, and works on koan study, Zen and creativity and Zen travel. Here are some of the books that have been particularly important to me in my own practice.

The Eight Gates of Zen – John Daido Loori
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki
The Three Pillars of Zen – Philip Kapleau
Nine-Headed Dragon River – Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen
Everyday Zen – Charlotte Joko Beck
Taking the Path of Zen – Robert Aitken
Long Quiet Highway – Natalie Goldberg
The Bones of the Master - George Crane