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Praise for Bring Me the Rhinoceros
by John Tarrant
Bring Me the Rhinoceros is one of the best books ever written about
Zen. But it is more than that: it is a book of Zen, pointing us to
reality by its own fluent and witty example. John Tarrant has the rare ability
to enter the minds of the ancient Zen masters as they do their amazing
pirouettes upon the void and, with a few vivid touches, to illuminate our lives
with their sayings.
Stephen Mitchell, author of Gilgamesh, a New English Version
There are many books on the great questions of life appearing today, most of
them disguised attempts to keep us imprisoned in a familiar language or a
comfortable manner to which we have become accustomed. This book is a rare
exception: its straight forward honesty, clear writing and destabilizing
insight has a profound effect on the reader, putting them on a frontier
where they might be ready for very personal questions that have absolutely
no right to go away. John Tarrant does indeed bring on the rhinoceros and a
host of other powerful but invisible creatures, ready to run us down, when
we refuse to acknowledge the fierce, awkward and beautiful world we
David Whyte, Author of The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the
Soul in Corporate America
Here's a book to crack the happiness code if ever there was one. Forget about
self improvement, five point plans, and inspirational seminars that you can't
remember a word of a week later. Tarrant's is the fix that fixes nothing because
there is nothing to fix. Your life is a koan, a deep question whose answer you
are already living - this is the true inspiration, and Tarrant delivers.
Roger Housden, Author of the Ten Poems series.
Every life is full of koans, and yet you canít learn from a book how to
understand them. You need someone to put you in the right frame of mind to see
the puzzles and paradoxes of your experience. With intelligence, humor, and
steady deep reflection, John Tarrant does this as no one has done it before.
This book could take you to a different and important level of experience.
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul
"An unusual and powerful blend of traditional Zen, contemporary comment,
and personal memoir."
Melvin McLeod, editor-in-chief, The Shambhala Sun
John Tarrant's talent for telling these classic Zen tales transforms them
magically into a song in which, as you read, the words disappear as the music
continues to echo in the your mind and make you happy. Mysteriously, like koans.
Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake: Practicing the
Perfections of the Heart, The Buddhist path of kindness.