Gesshin Claire Greenwood - Just Enough (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

When the author was twenty-two and fresh out of college, she found her way to a Buddhist monastery in Japan and was ordained as a Buddhist nun. Greenwood was attracted to Zen's all-encompassing approach to life and how to live it, the way it did not shy away from the big questions about life's meaning, and the radically simple yet profound way it suggests one view the moment, reality, the now. At the monastery, she also discovered a particular affinity for working in the kitchen, especially the practice of using what was at hand to create delicious, satisfying meals even when what was at hand was bamboo. The result of her years working in monastery kitchens, this book is based on the philosophy of oryoki, or "just enough." From perfect rice, potatoes, and broths; to hearty stews, colorful stir-fry dishes, hot and cold noodles, and delicate sorbets, Greenwood shows food to be a direct, daily way to understand Zen practice. With eloquent prose, Just Enough takes readers into monasteries and markets, messy kitchens and four a.m. meditation rooms and offers food for thought that nourishes and delights body, mind, and spirit.

Gesshin Claire Greenwood is the author of the popular blog Thatsozen and the book Bow First, Ask Questions Later. She was ordained by Seido Suzuki Roshi in 2010 and in 2015 received dharma transmission (authorization to teach.) She returned to the United States in 2016 to complete her master's degree in East Asian Studies. A popular meditation teacher, she lives in San Francisco, California.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan's Buddhist Temples Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781608685820
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New World Library - June 11th, 2019

Fresh out of college, Gesshin Claire Greenwood found her way to a Buddhist monastery in Japan and was ordained as a Buddhist nun. Zen appealed to Greenwood because of its all-encompassing approach to life and how to live it, its willingness to face life's big questions, and its radically simple yet profound emphasis on presence, reality, the now.