A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from the One Hundred Parable Sutra

October 31, 2020
A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from the One Hundred Parable Sutra

"These teachings from the heart of Buddhism ringtrue . . . a sumptuous meal ofwild and comic dharma. Enjoy!" (EnkyōO'Hara, Soto priest andteacher).One hundred illuminating tales of the foibles and follies ofeveryday fools, this elegant, humorous, and masterful little bookof wisdom is a welcome addition to the Buddhist canon."The One Hundred Parable Sutra" is known as the most humoroussutra in all of Buddhist literature. Here, Kazuaki Tanahashi, thecelebrated translator, calligrapher, and Dōgenscholar, and Peter Levitt, an award-winning poet, storyteller, andZen practitioner, have translated and retold these jewel-likeparables with storytelling panache for students, teachers, andseekers everywhere. With appropriate commentary, each tale becomesa simple lesson for everyday living. From the potter who seeks fameto the woman who possesses great lust, these tales are told with agentle clarity that magnifies our appetites and delusions. In doingso, they become an accurate mirror of the human condition.Illustrated with seventeen original brushwork drawings byTanahashi, A Flock of Fools is a perfect little book ofwisdom, laughter, and compassion."Translator Kaz Tanahashi and storyteller Peter Levitt havegiven these stories a subtle American-Zen flavor, and although thiscollection has a 1500-year pedigree . . . its messages ring clearand true today." —Shambala Sun"Funny, strange, wise, informing, this marvelous book celebratesthe wild heart of Buddhism." —Roshi Joan Halifax, Zen Buddhistteacher"Nothing breaks apart dualism and sanctimoniousness like a goodlaugh! . . . lively reminders of the power of humor to enrich ourunderstanding, and to help us let go of our attachments." — EnkyōO'Hara, Soto priest and teacher