SEASONS OF ZEN : MONASTIC LIFE & CULTURE **SIGNED & INSCRIBED by RINZAI ZEN MASTER KEIDO FUKUSHIMA at TOFUKUJI MONASTERY** Inscribed to American Author Laird Koenig
THE SEASONS OF ZEN: ZEN MONASTIC LIFE AND ITS CULTURE, by Eshin Nishimura.
Published in Japan, 1988. ISBN 10: 4333013690 ISBN 13: 9784333013692.
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 9x12 inches, 250 pages. ILLUSTRATED throughout with color and b&w photos. Most TEXT is in JAPANESE, but the Introduction, major titles, and picture captions are in both Japanese and English.
Presentation copy from KEIDO FUKUSHIMA to LAIRD KOENIG. The book is SIGNED and INSCRIBED, by Fukushima on the blank front free endpaper, to which he has added some beautiful BRUSH STROKE CALLIGRAPHY and INK STONE STAMPS.
The presentation inscription reads: "For Mr. Laird Koenig" and is signed: "Keido Fukushima / Tofukuji Monastery". The inscription is dated 1988 (the year of publication). The brush stroke calligraphy reads (as kindly translated by a Japanese friend): "Every Day Is A Nice Day".
Condition: NEAR FINE book, there are two pinhead size spots on the top page edges (page edges of the closed book), overall tight, bright, clean and clear; in a NEAR FINE dust jacket with a hint of handling; both in a NEAR FINE silk covered slipcase, that has a touch of sunning. A beautiful copy.
RARE and SPECIAL with the PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION, SIGNATURE and ART CALLIGRAPHY of KEIDO FUKUSHIMA; and with the association to LAIRD KOENIG.
About KEIDO FUKUSHIMA (from Wikipedia):
******Keido Fukushima, b.1933 d.2011, was a Japanese Rinzai Zen master, head abbot of Tofuku-ji (one of the main branches of the Rinzai sect), centered in Kyoto, Japan. Because of openness to teaching Western students, he had considerable influence on the development of Rinzai Zen practice in the West.
Fukushima was well known for his calligraphy. Fukushima realized the very act of doing calligraphy could exert educational and inspirational influence upon those who viewed it.******
About LAIRD KOENIG:
******Laird Koenig, b.1927, is an American writer of novels and screenplays. His best known work is The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. The novel was adapted into a film of the same name starring Jodie Foster. He also wrote a play based on the novel.******
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