A new publication currently in the works as of now entitled “The Still Mind – The Zen Tales of Shi Song Shu”. It is a book of Zen musings and parables centered around a highly adventurous squirrel who observed the neighbor of the human whose yard he resides in practicing a curious art he later found to be known as Tai Chi, as well as Kungfu and meditation. He became a secret disciple, and through his dedication reached enlightenment. The book will describe his interactions with other squirrels, neighborhood stray cats, and other animals, each chapter a short parable of Zen musings, giving those he encounters chances for their own awakening in some small way.
I chose a squirrel simply because there are a lot of squirrels around, and I would give them some food occasionally. One day I decided to take a picture of a squirrel enjoying a corn cob that I had set out. Later that day, as I uploaded the picture to my computer, I had the urge to draw a caricature and personify it (don’t know what sex it was) as a zen monk who found enlightenment. From there it blossomed into an idea for a book.
Read the first two chapters now:
The book is still being written, with plans to release it by mid-summer of this coming year. Assistance is always appreciated and welcomed, and if you wish to contribute to funding the publication of this mind changing publication, you can make your way over to the SUPPORT PAGE , and extend a donation that will go directly to publishing the above book. Again, your support is most appreciated!
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