This Truth Never Fails: a zen memoir in four seasons
This collection of short observations and reflections is a “Zen memoir”—a record of ongoing practice and study of this extraordinary experience we call ordinary life. While written over a period of several years, these pieces are arranged into the cycle of the seasons of a single year. Each piece stands alone, but is also part of an overall narrative that includes leaving a home of eighteen years and creating a Zen temple in a lovely old Victorian mansion.
Evocative of the intimacy and humor of Anne Lamott, the universality of Robert Fulghum, the poetry of Mary Oliver, and the gentle warmth of Lin Jensen, this beautifully written, one-of-a-kind book will inspire readers of varied interests from all walks of life.
This edition includes a brief "study guide for further inquiry" offering opportunities for personal reflection and exploration on themes touched on in the book.
About the Author
David Rynick is a Zen teacher authorized in two lineages, a Korean Linji lineage and Japanese Soto one. He’s a founding teacher of Boundless Way Zen, a rapidly expanding national network of Zen groups. Since 1991 Rynick has worked as a life and leadership coach as part of the International Coaching Federation and through the Coaches Training Institute. He provides faith-based coaching to individuals and peer coaching for clergy from diverse faiths. He has created and led numerous professional workshops and classes on leadership, systems thinking, coaching, meditation, diversity, and creativity, and has served as a faculty member at Cambridge College and the president of his Universalist Unitarian church. A former professional potter and improvisational dancer, he is also an avid landscape gardener as well as licensed as a Certified Maine Kayak Guide. Rynick holds a B.A. and an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He is the resident teacher of the Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, also a Zen teacher.
David Rynick has a knack for converting Zen perspectives into beautiful prose. An extraordinarily perceptive paean to purposeful living." —Richard Leider, bestselling author of The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags
“David Rynick’s wisdom comes through Zen, and then takes us beyond Zen into simple, creative, and joyful aliveness” —Robert A. Jonas, author of Henri Nouwen
“Compelling and deeply touching.” —Lin Jensen, author of Deep Down Things
“Honest, practical, and humbly incisive.” —Susan Murphy, author Upside-Down Zen
“Joyful, luminous, and illuminating—this book is intimacy itself.” —Prof. James Cordova, PhD, author of The Marriage Checkup