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Caught in Fading Light: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature.

Thorp, Gary.

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ISBN 10: 0802713971 / ISBN 13: 9780802713971
Published by Walker & Company, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Barbour Books (Saratoga, CA, U.S.A.)

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First edition, 8vo, xvii, 187pp, Bibliography, Index, brown paper covered boards, several pages dog-eared, else Fine hardcover, in Very Good dustjacket with very light rubbing to top edge and corners. SIGNED by the author on half title page. "In this concise, richly contemplative book, Gary Thorp celebrates a singular and passionate quest. For three years, Thorp regularly walked the hills and mountains of northern California, where he lives, in an attempt to see a mountain lion, or cougar, in the wild. His quest was born of impulse, but it offered a depth of experience he could never have predicted. In spare, elegant prose, using the traditional form of Japanese writing known as nikki bungaku (literary diary), Thorp recounts his meditations and adventures. The pursuit of one thing invariably leads him to discover many others: the tracks of a solitary mountain lion, for example, evoke a marvelous world of photographic imagery, literary events, dancing foxes, ocean voyages, and blind poets, all gathered together just beyond the limits of human vision. Combining an elusive and challenging pursuit with a centuries-old way of uncovering life's ultimate answers, Caught in Fading Light will give readers a new way of seeing, and will captivate nature lovers and Zen practitioners alike." - from the dustjacket blurb. Bookseller Inventory # 2013

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Title: Caught in Fading Light: Mountain Lions, Zen ...

Publisher: Walker & Company

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A personal exploration of wildness, territory, and the elusive nature of our lives

In this concise, richly contemplative book, Gary Thorp records his singularquest to see a mountain lion, or cougar―the "cat of one color"― in the wild hills and mountains of northern California, where he lives. Using the traditional form of Japanese writing known as nikki bungaku (literary diary), Thorp recounts his meditations and adventures, from taking a one-day class on tracking animals, to visiting a mountain lion in the zoo, to his numerous forays into the hills during the day and night. The pursuit of one thing invariably leads him to discover many others: The tracks of a solitary mountain lion, for example, evoke a marvelous world of photographic imagery, literary events, dancing foxes, ocean voyages, and blind poets, all gathered together just beyond the limits of human vision. Thorp explores what it means to seek something you might not find and ponders the difference between seeing only darkness and being blind, offering as well bright glimpses into the Zen tradition. Combining an elusive and challenging pursuit with a centuries-old way of uncovering life's ultimate answers, Caught in Fading Light will give readers a new way of seeing, and will captivate nature lovers and Zen practitioners alike.

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Gary Thorp began studying Zen in 1960 and was later lay-ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. A former bookseller and jazz pianist, he is a full-time writer, doing research in marine biology and the ecology of mountain lions. He lives with his wife, Lura, in Marin County.

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