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Street Zen

David Schneider


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PUBLISHED: 9th June 2020 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781611808476
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Founder of San Francisco's Maitri Hospice for AIDS patients--where he died in 1990--Dorsey praticed Zen for 20 years, after leading an outrageous existence as a drag queen, prostitute, junkie, and commune leader. "Issan's story contributes significantly to the history of the gay community and its response to AIDS".--Randy Shilts. Photos.
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  • Paperback
    $25.07
PUBLISHED: 9th June 2020 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781611808476
ANNOTATION:
Founder of San Francisco's Maitri Hospice for AIDS patients--where he died in 1990--Dorsey praticed Zen for 20 years, after leading an outrageous existence as a drag queen, prostitute, junkie, and commune leader. "Issan's story contributes significantly to the history of the gay community and its response to AIDS".--Randy Shilts. Photos.

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Founder of San Francisco's Maitri Hospice for AIDS patients--where he died in 1990--Dorsey praticed Zen for 20 years, after leading an outrageous existence as a drag queen, prostitute, junkie, and commune leader. "Issan's story contributes significantly to the history of the gay community and its response to AIDS".--Randy Shilts. Photos.

Publisher Description

A fascinating account of one Zen teacher's journey to Buddhism--from a drug-addicted drag queen to beloved spiritual teacher and abbot.

Drag queen, junkie, alcoholic, commune leader--and, finally, Buddhist teacher- these words describe the unlikely persona of Issan Dorsey, one of the most beloved teachers to emerge in American Zen. From his days as a gorgeous female impersonator in the 1950s to the LSD experiences that set him on the spiritual path, Issan's life was never conventional. In 1989, after twenty years of Zen practice, he became Abbot of San Francisco's Hartford Street Zen Center, where he founded the Maitri Hospice for AIDS patients.

Author Biography

A Buddhist success story centered on salvation and change, Street Zen follows the incredible journey from a destructive path to a spiritual one. David Schneider, one of Dorsey's close friends, captures the essence of this extraordinary--and outrageous--life, offering encouragement, understanding, and a unique outlook on what it means to be a Buddhist.

Product Details

Author
David Schneider
Pages
272
Publisher
Shambhala Publications Inc
Year
2020
ISBN-10
1611808472
ISBN-13
9781611808476
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2020-06-09
Subtitle
The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey
Country of Publication
United States