Novice to Master: An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity

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Novice to Master: An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity 

Paperback – June 15, 2002

A humorous memoir tells the story of author's journey from young student conscripted into the Japanese army at the beginning of World War II, through his training as a monk, to his understanding of Buddhist teaching as a respected Zen master.

Everybody loves Novice to Master! As you'll see in the glowing endorsements and reviews included below, this modern spiritual classic has been embraced by readers of all types.

In his singularly humorous and biitingly direct way, Zen abbot Soko Morinaga tells the story of his rigorous training at a Japanese Zen temple, his spiritual growth and his interactions with his students and others. Morinaga's voice is uniquely tuned to the truth of the condition of the human mind and spirit and his reflections and interpretations are unvarnished and succinct. His great gift is the ability to lift the spirit of the reader all the while exposing the humility and weakness in the lives of people, none more so than his own.

Read on to see what everyone from Publishers Weekly to well-known Buddhist figures and even New York Times bestselling author Anthony Swofford have to say about this one of a kind book!