"The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li" with Barbara Verkuilen

05/17/2012 7:00 pm

Thursday May 17th, 2012 7 p.m.

The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li is the story of an eight-year-old orphan who becomes a beloved Zen Master, told in a beautifully illustrated format that makes it appreciated by adult readers, yet accessible to younger readers. Meet the cast of memorable companions who assist him on his captivating life’s journey:

  • The Firethroat – an exotic little bird that saves him from a life threatening circumstance.
  • Soyu Sei – the “Dangerous Granny” whose wise and tender guidance civilizes the feral child he’d become without taming his wild heart.
  • Master Wu – abbot of Silent Thunder Zen Monastery, whose successor he would become.
  • And Master Bho Li’s three most problematic disciples: Sei Wot, Noh Hui, and Wai Mi, from each of whom he learns an important lesson.

The refined talents and carefully crafted illustrations of Aaron Gilmore superbly complement this winsome Zen fable.

Barbara Verkuilen began Zen practice in 1971 at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago with Soyu Matsuoka Roshi. She then studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi for 15 years. Following Katagiri Roshi's death in 1990, she continued her formal training with his Dharma heir, Shoken Winecoff, by whom she was ordained in 1997. Barbara and her husband Dale, also a Zen priest, co-founded the Midwest Soto Zen Community in 2001, based in Madison, Wisconsin. Barbara holds a BA in Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance.

book cover, The tale of zen master Bho Li 
Location: 
Street:
27 S Main St
Additional:
City:
Concord
,
Province:
New Hampshire
Postal Code:
03301
Country:
United States

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