“I was in it for the robes” Leonard Cohen (A Pretend Monk) – Read His Foreword To Zen Confidential

Yeah, Poet-Singer-Songwriter-Icon Leonard Cohen also writes a witty foreword

From Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner:

By Way of a Foreword

This is the best account I have ever read of the education of a Zen monk in America.

I was ordained a long while ago. Shortly thereafter my teacher let me know that I was a “pretend monk.” That was true. I was in it for the robes.

Shozan Jack Haubner has trained for more than nine years with a teacher whom I love, on a mountain that I know. Difference is, he is the real deal. He stuck it out while (many years before he arrived) I escaped.

But now this punk of a monk, who should be tending to his own affairs, has decided to infect the real world with his tall tales, and worse, to let the cat out of the bag. And what a sly, dangerous, beautiful, foul-smelling, heartwarming beast it is. We can almost forgive him.

If you are interested in these matters, this is a book you will enjoy. If you want to go a little deeper, this is a book you will need.

—Jikan Leonard Cohen

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

Zen Confidential is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books admired by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

All entries in the Leonard Cohen Reading List can be found at

The Original Leonard Cohen Reading List

 

Credit Due Department: Contributed by Dominique BOILE.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Jan 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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