Named one of the top 100 books of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher’s Weekly, and Barnes and Noble.
Selected for inclusion in Best Buddhist Writing 2012.
“This day-by-day account of the defense of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center against massive wildfires in summer 2008 brings a Buddhist twist to the age-old preoccupation of humans living with—and trying to control—fire.”
“The awareness of the firefighter, the mindfulness of the monk, the principles of fire and the spirit of Zen come together in a well-told story about the effort required and the lessons learned from paying close attention.”
“If you have ever harbored a doubt about the efficacy of meditation in the real world, this book will give you a vision of enlightenment-in-action that will inspire you.”
“Fire Monks is a page-turner, a meditation on fire, wind, water, and earth, and a wonderfully detailed portrait of Tassajara practitioners as they come face to face with fire and themselves. A terrific and thoughtful book.”