“Spitting Out the Bones: A Zen Master’s 45 Year Journey” by Dennis Genpo Merzel

"Spitting Out the Bones: A Zen Master’s 45 Year Journey" by Dennis Genpo Merzel

"You have to swallow the whole fish", Zen Master Taizan Maezumi told his students, "and then spit out the bones". First absorb the tradition, endure the hardships of Zen training, then you can spend the rest of your life separating the real treasure from the baggage it came in, learning what you can let go of and what is truly yours.

Spitting Out the Bones is American Zen Master Genpo Merzel’s story of his exhilarating and humbling journey, including the last five years rising from the ashes of his very public fall from grace, and a candid exploration of the challenge of bringing the essence of the great tradition he inherited to life in the West."