"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 
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Busiest week of the year! Bill Littlefield, Ernie Hebert, Tomie dePaola, all at Gibson's. November 17th, 2014

What a week at Gibson's!
This may be our busiest week of the year for events. Read on...
 
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 PM  Bill Littlefield! If you're up early enough on Saturday, you may (as we do) reward yourselves with the fantastic sports show Only a Game, hosted by Bill Littlefield, heard on WBUR and on our own NHPR. Bill has written and collected some whimsical light verse, all on the subject of sports. Join us as he shares his poems with a Concord audience! He'll be here on Nov. 18. Come early to get a good seat! His signed book will be a wonderful Christmas present for the sports nuts on your list.
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 PM   Ernie Hebert now concludes the Darby Chronicles, which he began 35 years ago with The Dogs of March.
"Ernie Hebert's novels don't just capture New England; they've become a part of it...and his latest is a spectacular addition to an already impressive canon."—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Vanishing Acts
Part Falstaff, part King Lear, but all American, Howard Elman was a fifty-something workingman when he burst onto the literary scene in The Dogs of March. Now in this, the seventh and last installment in the series, the Darby constable is an eighty-something widower who wants to do "a great thing" before he motors off into the sunset. You can bet he does ... in strange, wonderful, and dangerous ways.
Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 AM   Meet Tomie dePaola at Gibson's!
After a brief presentation about his new book, Jack, Tomie will sign copies of all his books, new and old, and will also sign copies of the latest issue of New Hampshire Home, which has a fascinating and sumptuous spread featuring his art studio.  
Jack is Tomie's take on traditional “Jack tales”—in which a young hero ventures out to seek his fortune and gains it through luck or pluck. This book is perfect for preschoolers and kids in the early grades!. His hero’s reward is a wealth of animal friends who increase in number—and volume—as the story progresses. What a treat! Don't forget--Christmas is coming. A new Tomie is a great gift.
(Note: a bad date for this event sneaked into an ad in the Hippo. It's Saturday. For real.)
Watch for our email tomorrow about two ticketed December events, both offsite. See below!

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