StoepZen Book

Lao Tsu meets Oom Schalk Lourens in this delightful meditation on what it means to practice Zen in a changing South Africa.

Antony Osler – Buddhist monk, human rights advocate, farmer and father – contemplates life as it passes by the stoep of his Karoo farm, sharing anecdotes and conversations, poetic images and indelible characters, watching the seasons, the people and his country as everything changes around him.

South Africa has experienced one of the most riveting, frightening and inspiring political revolutions in history. How, Osler asks himself, do we dance with this? How do we reach down through swirling emotions into a quieter space where we can see a little further, love a little deeper, laugh a little louder?

Zen practice is to find the heart of each moment. Osler's book is as full of heart as it is wisdom; his musings on humility, acceptance, reconciliation and love are gentle – and often humorous – reminders of what it is to be human.

International Reviews…

‘A beautiful book!’ (Joseph Goldstein, author of The Experience of Insight and other titles)

‘A wonderful book about Zen in the new South Africa. It's the real thing and I will give copies to all my friends.’ (John Tarrant, Roshi, author of Bring Me the Rhinocerous and Other Koans to Save Your Life)

‘Fantastic, poetic, artistic – full of good writing and good Zen’ (Jane Dobisz, Zen Master Bon Yeon, author of 100 Days of Solitude)

‘Even after I fell asleep I carried on tasting the words – it was better than chocolate’ (Prof Les Todres, author of Embodied Enquiry)

Local Reviews…

‘An undiscovered gem…intimate, tender and engaging…testimony to Osler's deep faith, his impressive writing skills and his talent for life’ (Aubrey Paton, Sunday Times)

‘A magical blend of short essays, haiku-style poems and atmospheric photographs mirroring life in a small community amid one of the world's most distinctive landscapes’ (Stephen Coan, The Witness)

‘The sly wit and human insight of Bosman as well as the sympathetic wisdom of Zen – read it. It will gladden and lighten your heart’ (Peter Fabricius, The Star)

‘A remarkable book that is honest, lyrical, elegant, wise and funny…finely judged and beautifully crafted’ (Monica Fairall, Sunday Tribune)

Stoep Zen is published by Jacana and is now in its third re-print. It can be ordered from good book stores, on-line book sellers and from Emoyeni and the Buddhist Retreat Centre. Signed copies can also be ordered for R150 plus R20 postage from Margie Osler via the information on the Contacts page. Antony is presently at work on a sequel to Stoep Zen, due for publication in late 2013.