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by John Daido Loori
“You take care of what you love,” said Daido Roshi. Here is his pointed commentary on some of the most profound teachings of Zen and Zen's relationship to nature, laying bare for us the majestic beauty of the wild and the imperative to deeply care for it.
This special 3-book set includes:
Making Love with Light: Comtemplating Nature with Words and Photographs, paperback, 184 pages.
Hearing with the Eye: Photographs from Point Lobos, paperback, 144 pages.
The Way of Mountains and Rivers: Teachings on Zen and the Environment, paperback 133 pages.
Truly a double bonus here--exquisitely photographed landscapes along with essential Zen Buddhism. I know that Daido Roshi had studied with the great Minor White and felt certain the Daido Roshi's photography would reflect those studies. My certainty has not been short changed. For any photographer using any photographic medium, these books are essential study materials.
I was delighted to find the entire set of Loori's writings on Dogen's philosophy, nature, and photography at such a reasonable price via the Monastery Store. Even with the cost of shipping to Canada, I thought the purchase was a bargain. The photographs reveal calm seeing and it is nice to see a Zen contribution to the literature on contemplative photography. Also very timely given the challenges of climate change and the emerging Buddhist response.
I've only BEGUN to delve into these! Started with the "Way Of Mountains & Rivers", by chanting the Sutra over several days of practice. Gorgeous writing, stunning photography. A unique view of the world by a man who is sorely missed.