When Doen Sensei’s Wonderland: The Zen of Alice was first published in October, it received an enthusiastic welcome–many readers who came to book signings were turned away because booksellers had not anticipated how heavy the demand would be (one store sold more than 50 copies in less than an hour). Just four months later, the book is drawing more and more new readers. Wonderland currently ranks number 15 in Amazon’s “Zen Philosophy” category and number 26 in the vast, general “Zen” category.
Wonderland‘s success has been so impressive that Random House will be publishing a German version in the near future. We’ll keep you updated on other new versions as they’re announced. Congratulations, Sensei, and bring on your next book!
One thing I hope you all do is devote yourself to this practice with love, with a wild abandon and passion. You need that love to really be able to fly. Love for the practice, love for each other, love for yourself, love for your teacher.
As Maezumi Roshi always said, “appreciate your life!” And I hope you appreciate it with a burning, fiery love. Really let go into your life and really appreciate it. Cultivate a certain potency, a loving warriorship, and choose a path with heart.
Fling yourself into the practice, into your life. This is physical and it’s emotional. Let go of your inner critic. Be like the Sufis described a Man of God: he’s like a moth. He knows the flame will destroy him, will burn his ego to ashes, but he goes straight for it–because he has no choice.
You’re just passing through. If you abandon yourself to the practice, to appreciating your life with real gusto, you’ll never look back and regret it.