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Shoes Outside the Door

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Eastern tradition collides with Western individualism in this provocative and compulsively readable investigation of Buddhism, American-style. A genuine spiritual movement becomes strangely entangled with elitist aesthetics, the culture of celebrity, multi-million-dollar investment portfolios, sex scandals, and an unsolved crime.Told Rashomon-fashion by a singular mix of hippies, millionaires, intellectuals, and lost souls whose lives are almost unbelievably intertwined, Shoes Outside the Door is the first book to examine the inner workings of the profoundly influential San Francisco Zen Center. In exploring the history of the most important institution in American Buddhism, author Michael Downing provocatively captures the profound ambivalence of people who earnestly seek both inner peace and worldly satisfaction.


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Hardback Editions

September 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion and Excess at San Fransisco Zen Center
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-58243-113-2 / 978-1-58243-113-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Paperback Editions

August 2002 : USA Paperback

Title: Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center
Author(s): Michael Downing
ISBN: 1-58243-254-6 / 978-1-58243-254-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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