A celebrated actor, writer, and Zen practitioner, Peter Coyote's second memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education, recounts the most pivotal stages of his life: childhood with an overbearing yet very successful father, his liberating years at Grinnell College, and his founding of the Diggers commune, all of which led to his introduction to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and highly-respected Buddhist Gary Snyder. Inspired by Snyder's balanced lifestyle, spiritual expertise, and encyclopedic knowledge of world history, Peter began the journey to become a Zen Buddhist himself while also taking on the extraordinary challenge of funding local arts by chairing the California Arts Council.
An ordained practitioner of Zen Buddhism and a politically engaged actor, Peter Coyote began his work in street theater and political organizing in San Francisco. In addition to acting in over 140 films, and working with directors such as Martin Ritt, Steven Spielberg, and Roman Polanski, Coyote has won an Emmy for narrating the award-winning documentary Pacific Century. He has also narrated The West, The Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and The Roosevelts for Ken Burns. In 1993 he was awarded a Pushcart Prize for Carla’s Story, published in ZYZZYVA.
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