Love & Zen in America

Zen Odyssey

Based, in part, on 27 hours of taped interviews conducted by poet Gary Snyder in 1966, authors  Janica Anderson and Steven Schwartz reveal the monastic love story at the heart of Zen Odyssey: The Story of Sokei-an, Ruth Fuller Sasaki, and the Birth of Zen in America.

In the early 20th century, Japanese orphan Sokei-an Sasaki travels across America and settles into Greenwich Village where he meets his match in Ruth Fuller, a wealthy white Chicago heiress with years of experience in Japanese temples.

Together, though both married to others, their yin-yang attraction re-shaped Sokei-an’s Buddhist Society of America into the First Zen Institute of America, bringing the slow narrow path of Rinzai Zen to the monkey-mind lives of Americans.

To follow their historic romance for yourself, click here.

 

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