March 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Sensei John Gendo Wolff will read from The Driftwood Shrine.  As a new approach to the West's evolving understanding of Buddhism, The Driftwood Shrine is the first collection of Zen teachings to be based on the poems of great American writers. In forthright, often surprising language, Wolff explains how Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Richard Wright, and many other poets enshrined the gentle light of the Buddha's teaching in their work.

John Gendo Wolff is Spiritual Director at Great Wave Zen Sangha in Ludington, Michigan. He has published numerous poems and essays in literary magazines and in the anthology Beneath a Single Moon: The Legacy of Buddhism in American Poetry. He appears in the forthcoming video documentary "Zen in America" and is a member of the governing board of the White Plum Asanga. He has been a Zen Practitioner for over 30 years.

“Rather than treating Zen as an exotic import from the East, this wonderful series of meditations discerns and extracts its essence from the heart of American poetry.”— Stephen Batchelor