Walking the Way affirms that, like yin and yang, the flowing spontaneity of Tao and the precise simplicity of Zen find perfect balance with one another. Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum brings the two traditions together in a unique presentation that elicits Zen insights from his fresh interpretation of verses from the perennial Taoist classic, the Tao Te Ching. Personal anecdotes from Rosenbaum's life illustrate the dynamic potential of his approach, skillfully revealing Zen within the Tao and the Tao of Zen.
"Deftly written essays, snapshot vignettes of daily life lived with emotion and depth, and a poetic version of the Tao Te Ching backed by a lifetime of spiritual practice--these are the elements of a text that will inspire and awaken you like the sound of water or the calm voice of a friend. This book is to be savored."
— Norman Fischer, author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
"Robert Rosenbaum manages to restore some of the bite to the Tao Te Ching. His humor, wisdom, personal struggles, and genuine aspirations combine to make it new and make it speak to us with live words."
— Barry Magid, author of Ordinary Mind
"Walking the Way is deeply thoughtful and eminently practical."
— Elana Rosenbaum, author of Here for Now
"In a world already brim-full of translations of the Tao Te Ching, one would think that there isn't room for one more. Walking the Way, however, should immediately put such reservations at rest. To read these lovely and tender versions of this breathtaking text is in itself a process of questioning the 'givens' of one's life. Combined with the profound and provocative Zen-based commentary of Robert Rosenbaum, they fold seamlessly into a book that is indispensable to any true seeker's roadmap for the path."
— Chris Faatz, Powell's Books
"This charming book is an oasis of truth, compassion, laughter, and beauty. Welcome!"
— Michael F. Hoyt, author of Brief Psychotherapies
"A book full of wisdom--a gentle breeze, pointing you in new directions."
— Arthur C. Bohart, author of How Clients Make Therapy Work
"A warm, thoughtful companion for life's journey."
— Peter Levitt, poet and author of Fingerpainting on the Moon
"Fresh and poetic. A wonderful book that brings the Tao Te Ching up close. In sharing his open-hearted love of these verses, Rosenbaum gives them to us anew, as if Lao Tzu were speaking directly to us through him."
— Susan Moon, author of This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
"A pearl of wisdom, filled with deep insights to the most fundamental issues we all encounter in our lives. You will find the truth in every paragraph, in every page of this book."
— Moshe Talmon, author of Single Session Therapy
About the Author:
Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, PhD, has been a Zen practitioner for forty years and received lay entrustment from Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley Zen Center. Bob is also authorized as a senior teacher of the Taoist practice of Dayan (Wild Goose) qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun by Master Hui Liu and teaches at the Wen Wu School and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For thirty years he practiced Zen and qigong while raising a family, trekking the mountains of the High Sierras and the Great Himalaya Trail, and working as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and specialist in behavioral medicine and chronic pain for Kaiser Permanente. Bob is the author of Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. He has also been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India and director of the doctoral training program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Sojun Mel Weitsman is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki and a former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He lives in San Francisco.