Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey

Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey

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Drag queen, junkie, alcoholic, commune leader--and, finally, Buddhist teacher: these words describe the unlikely persona of Issan Dorsey, one of the most beloved teachers to emerge from American Zen. Street Zen follows Dorsey from his days as a female impersonator to the LSD experiences that set him on the spiritual path. In 1989, after 20 years of Zen practice, he became abbot of San Francisco's Hartford Street Zen Center, where he founded a hospice for AIDS patients. Street Zen draws on interviews David Schneider conducted with Dorsey before his death in 1990 and parallels their nearly 20-year friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569246375
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

TENSHO DAVID SCHNEIDER began Buddhist practice in 1970 at the San Francisco Zen Center and was ordained in 1977. There, he studied under Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and Richard Baker-roshi. Later, in San Francisco and then in Europe, he continued study under Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He was appointed acharya (senior teacher) in 1995. He is the co-editor, with Kazuaki Tanahashi, of Essential Zen (HarperSF) and author of Crowded by Beauty: the Life & Zen of Poet Philip Whalen (University of California Press).

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