This Truth Never Fails: A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons

David Rynick, Author
David Rynick. Wisdom, $15.95 trade paper (196p) ISBN 978-1-61429-008-7
Reviewed on: 05/14/2012
Release date: 06/01/2012
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Writing in the spirit of Zen, Rynick reflects on daily life amid the change of the seasons. A Zen teacher and Universalist Unitarian, the author explores nature as well as his own life in the context of establishing a Zen temple in Massachusetts. “[W]hat is most precious and sacred is right here,” he writes. “[A]ll we have to do is turn towards it.” This short book features keen observations and a gentle charm; Rynick shows an ability to find grace in the smallest detail. Brief essays look at the intricacy of living things, the rewards of family and community, and ongoing efforts to find peace in a busy life. In one musing he sums up with remarkable brevity a central dilemma of writers. Some of Rynick’s observations slip into the clichéd (“I have no clue how I do what I do”), and he can get carried away with his conceits, but this writing in a crowded field of Buddhist-inspired reflections is served well by its simplicity. (June)
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