Monday, 8 November 2010

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This is the third book I read as a student on my own personal journey on the path to find essential truth and I revisit it now as looked through my mid-life Buddhist lens of consciousness. It was first published in 1974 by Robert M. Pirsig.

This is a very simple story where a man takes his son on a long motorbike journey through the US through the epic 'big sky' landscape of the US interior complete with mountains ,deserts and the extremes of weather that comes with this rugged territory. The journey brings them both to new areas of personal spiritual renewal and discovery.

This seminal work is one of the most important American books of the last 30 years which casts a long shadow on classic American literature and has now sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

The author believes that a rational Western approach combined with the Eastern philosophical Zen-like "living in the moment" can exist in harmony and by so doing can bring a higher quality of existence.

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