Archive for June 23rd, 2011

23
Jun
11

Gladys in Grammarland and Alice in Grammarland

Gladys in Grammarland and Alice in Grammarland: Two Educational Tales Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland by Audrey Mayhew Allen and Louise Franklin Bache.

Foreward by Michael Everson.

Illustrations for ‘Gladys’ by Charles Raymond Macauley, who was a newspaper cartoonist published in the New York Daily Mirror. ‘Alice’ is illustrated by Henry Clarence Pitz.

Published by Evertype in a new edition, 2010. Originally published 1897 and 1923 respectively.

I’d love to get copies of the original printings of these, but no luck so far. Good old Evertype though, providing readable copies of hard to find books.

You can read an excerpt and order a copy over on Evertype’s site.

23
Jun
11

Wonderland: The Zen of Alice

Wonderland: The Zen of Alice by Daniel Doen Silberberg.

Published by Parallax Press, 2009. Paperback.

ISBN: 9781888375954

From the back cover:

Hang on, for you’re headed down the rabbit hole. Daniel Doen Silberberg uses the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a jumping-off point for conveying the Zen Buddhist concept of ”one Mind.” With riffs on everything from Detroit to the Diamond Sutra and Kill Bill to ketchup, this is a funny, thoughtful, irreverent contribution to contemporary American Buddhism. Silberberg is a trained psychologist and musician who has been studying Buddhism for thirty years and leads an international Zen community. With stories from his own life as well as from the larger cultural swirl around him, Silberberg reflects on the differences between how we perceive our world and how it truly is. He offers important ideas on how to live fully and happily in the Wonderland we’re all already in.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this short book Silberberg weaves snippets from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with personal anecdotes, classic Buddhist sutras, koans and popular culture to illustrate Zen approaches to the true nature of enlightenment: When we get to the other shore, to what I am calling Wonderland, we may experience One Mind. Rather than using Zen to explain Alice, Silberberg playfully mingles, for example, the upside-down logic of the Caterpillar and Mock Turtle with the wisdom of the Diamond Sutra to explain key ideas. A longtime practitioner and former vice abbot of the Kanzeon Zen Center in Utah, the author is adept at explaining Buddhist teachings and ideas, such as the causes of suffering and Siddhartha’s search for the truth of existence. Silberberg’s description of the Zen path demonstrates more rigor than gentleness, reflecting a warrior approach to the search for knowledge that isn’t present in all forms of this Eastern philosophy; indeed, a little more clarification about which approaches are specifically Zen among the range of Buddhist practices would have been helpful for the novice. While the Alice analogies are thin, Silberberg’s clear writing and in-depth knowledge of his subject make this addition to the Zen of genre engaging.

Available on Amazon: Wonderland: The Zen of Alice




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