The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li
Dale and Barbara Ver Kuilen, Authors and founders of the Midwest Soto Zen Center in Madison, WI
Original Date: Thursday, September 29, 7:30 pm


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The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li is the story of an eight-year-old orphan who becomes a beloved Zen Master. Meet the cast of memorable companions who assist him on his captivating life's journey: The Firethroat - an exotic little bird that saves him from a life threatening circumstance. Soyu Sei - the Dangerous Granny whose wise and tender guidance civilizes the feral child he'd become without taming his wild heart. Master Wu - abbot of Silent Thunder Zen Monastery, whose successor he would become. And Master Bho Li's three most problematic disciples: Sei Wot, Noh Hui, and Wai Mi, from each of whom he learns an important lesson. The refined talents and carefully crafted illustrations of Aaron Gilmore superbly complement the evocative themes and endearing characters in this winsome Zen fable.

Barbara Verkuilen began Zen practice in 1971 at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago with Soyu Matsuoka Roshi. She then studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi for 15 years, and continued her formal training with his Dharma heir by whom she was ordained in 1997. Barbara and her husband Dale, also a Zen priest, co-founded the Midwest Soto Zen Community in 2001, based in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the Tale of Bho Li, she is also the author of Dokusan with Dogen: Timeless Lessons in Negotiating the Way.


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