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Tuesday, December 25, 2012


 “Lao Tsu meets Oom Schalk Lourens in this delightful meditation on what it means to practise Zen in a changing South Africa,” says Jacana of Antony Osler’s new book.” We meet a kaleidoscope of everyday people and places, the karretjie mense, the opera-singing garage attendant and the folk of Fauriesmith in an exquisitely designed book where photographs by David Collett elegantly compliment Osler’s wise and humane writing.”

In Zen Dust, the follow-up to his popular Stoep Zen, Osler takes a trip down the lesser-known back roads of the Karoo, from Kimberley to Colesburg.

He connects with the people he meets along the way and shares their stories, past and present, as well as his own personal history and insights. The road is sprinkled with his special brand of poetry and interwoven with a fresh telling of the tale of Gotama, the man who would become Buddha.

Antony Osler is a long-term Zen practitioner and a teacher in the lineage of Zen Master Dae Gak of Furnace Mountain. He is also a former Zen monk and human rights advocate. Antony lives with his family on a farm in the Karoo region of South Africa, where he leads meditation retreats in a stone zendo and sits each evening on the stoep to watch the sun go down. When off the farm he arbitrates labour disputes.

Zen Dust is published in paperback by Jacana. Available at R168 (including 14% tax) from  ISBN: 9781431406173