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Fil Lewitt

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Brief Memory of Shunryu Suzuki

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Books by Fil Lewitt

Fil's Amazon page - bio and most complete list of books

Amazon page for Fil's 2020 noverl, Hover Over Bear River

Now all Fil's books available in Kindle and ebook.

Clockwork Cherries: Haiku to Sonnets with Color Drawings 2011-2012 Paperback – July 29, 2015

Fil Lewitt's Killer Picture Postcards - now Kindle as well as paperback - 10-22-13

8-04-15 - Fil comments on monitor lizards and cobras

Lewitt, among his 25 or so books still in print, has written four books about what can be variously called “the spiritual path,” or “real mysticism,” or “the history of religion without a personal God,” or “self-help may or may not mean helping yourself.”

The four books are: ARCHEOPOETICS (Stone Age humans); CANYON WREN’S RAG (poems for pathfinders); THE ZEN FOLLIES; and now HOVER OVER BEAR RIVER (Vipassana Insight Meditation, plus some mayhem).- 2020

About the Author

Fil Lewitt was born in Boston in 1941, went to schools in New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, San Francisco, and Pennsylvania, learning some useful stuff, particularly what and whom to avoid, as well as what and whom to approach. He has lived and worked as a gardener, dishwasher, cook, farmer, logger, Zen Buddhist monk, mill worker, store clerk, musician, designer, house builder, and, eventually, university writing and humanities teacher in both the US and Japan. Lewitt would like to help you to learn as little as he knows, not usually a painless process, which is why people read books. They hurt less than life. He now has regrooved/retired to southern Thailand with his young wife from Japan, living under enormous limestone cliffs in lush gardens near a white sand beach, where he writes, swims, and works every day in a wood bungalow home compound he designed over a period of years.

Fil & Tomomi Lewitt
Hive Condo 9/12, 
Sukhumvit Soi 65, 
Phrakanong Neua, Wattana,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

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