Steve Kanji Ruhl is an ordained Zen Buddhist minister, lay dharma teacher, and writer. He is committed to serving as a mentor to help guide individuals to experiencing their own innate wisdom and compassion, and in group practice he encourages sharing that fosters dialogue, deep listening, and a process of collective awakening.
Kanji's new spiritual memoir
Journeys in Search of True Home,
from the American Heartland
to the Buddha Dharma
GOLD PRIZE WINNER,
2023 NAUTILUS BOOK AWARDS
"BEST SPIRITUAL MEMOIR" OF 2022 NOMINEE, OMTIMES MEDIA AWARDS
"Brilliant and lyrical...an important commentary on American Zen" (Lion's Roar); "amazing and intense" (Sumi Loundon Kim); "destined to become a classic among spiritual memoirs" (Willa Blythe Baker); "a wonderful, wise, fierce book" (Andrew Harvey); a "beautifully written memoir...Insightful, accessible, and emotionally transparent, this epic spiritual journey...will open your mind and widen your heart" (Mark Matousek); "an intimate memoir; I strongly recommend it" (James Ishmael Ford); "an engrossing read" (Norman Fischer); "a powerful synthesis of American Zen philosophy and cultural analysis" (Publisher's Weekly); "captivating" (Library Journal); "a stirring religious memoir" (Foreword Reviews); it "soars on Ruhl’s eloquent and profound word-pictures...Take the trip!" (Bruce Watson)
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