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Written in the non-traditional, humorous, and slightly
irreverent tone of books like Sit Down and Shut Up, and Dharma
Punxs
, Wonderlandis a highly original riff on Alice in
Wonderland
, using the classic story as a jumping off point for
conveying the Zen concept of ‘One Mind’. Daniel
Silberberg’s first book is a unique contribution to contemporary
American Zen, which honors its historic roots and yet strikes out into
fresh areas. It presents a lively mix of tone and quotation and levels
of discourse, from citing Timeless Spring or the Diamond
Sutra
to Kill Bill and ketchup. With stories from his own
life as well as from the larger cultural swirl around him, Daniel
Silberberg reflects on the differences between how we perceive the world
around us and the way it actually is. Daniel Silberberg’s take on
a variety of Buddhist ideas and concepts are immediately useful and
relevant. The reader will find that it addresses directly some of the
issues they are dealing with in their own practice.
The
author’s insights and experiences come from his experience leading
a large Zen community and from his almost thirty years of Zen Training
in the lineage of the highly revered teachers Genpo Roshi and Maezumi
Roshi.

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Reviews for Wonderland: The Zen of Alice:

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Jun 15, 2019

If a book blurb can be accused of false advertising, this book would be guilty. Less about the book Alice in Wonderland, more about the author's life and thoughts on his learning experiences with Buddhism. Random, rambling and dull.
4

Nov 13, 2014

I decided to delve further into my look at Buddhism and what it is, or what it can be, and this book seemed a good way to go about doing that. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, and so why not read a book that helps illustrate points by referring to things within Alice in Wonderland.

I do believe that I have now learned more about the Buddhist faith, and I also am sure that I could never fully practice it. It takes a lot of work, time, and devotion to something that doesn't quite catch in I decided to delve further into my look at Buddhism and what it is, or what it can be, and this book seemed a good way to go about doing that. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, and so why not read a book that helps illustrate points by referring to things within Alice in Wonderland.

I do believe that I have now learned more about the Buddhist faith, and I also am sure that I could never fully practice it. It takes a lot of work, time, and devotion to something that doesn't quite catch in my brain.

Buddha said that all life is suffering and the only way past that is to get past what we see, feel, and think, and get to the oneness of it all. Of course I am paraphrasing and simplifying the ideas I have just read, but I do get what was being construed to me as a reader, and it does make sense.

It makes sense on a few levels, but for me only certain things about the faith would work with the mindset I have had, and will have in my life. There is a certain nothingness to Buddhism that is nothing like Nihilists have, but is more about how things only have definitions and names because we have decided they do.

There is something about getting past that decision, getting to the oneness of it all, that is rather appealing. The idea of being able to get to a mental place where you can truly understand that you are a part of everything, and everything is a part of you, does in fact seem rather appealing. It would be most appealing on one of those nights where you just can't shut your brain off enough so that you can fall asleep.

I think the idea that resonated the most with me though, is that life can never be perfect as long as you're living it. I have spent a good chunk of my life thinking that I had to get financially stable, or I had to lose weight, or I had to have a different job, in order to be the best version of me that I can envision, but the thing of it is, I will never be done with all of that. If you're never done, then how can you actually enjoy what there is right now, right here?

I like reading books like this because they challenge my thought processes, which in turn exercises my brain, and that to me, is always a good thing. ...more
3

Sep 06, 2011

Silberberg writes that after enlightenment, the Buddha did not think there was any way to teach the path to others, or even to put what he had experienced into words. Then he tried, anyway. Silberberg does much the same with this book on Zen. He admits there is no way to transmit his knowledge directly, like a how-to manual. Instead, he uses every method he can think of in a genuine attempt to spread the benefit of what he has learned. He uses personal anecdotes, Zen koans and stories, and, yes, Silberberg writes that after enlightenment, the Buddha did not think there was any way to teach the path to others, or even to put what he had experienced into words. Then he tried, anyway. Silberberg does much the same with this book on Zen. He admits there is no way to transmit his knowledge directly, like a how-to manual. Instead, he uses every method he can think of in a genuine attempt to spread the benefit of what he has learned. He uses personal anecdotes, Zen koans and stories, and, yes, even uses a little Alice in Wonderland to get his message across. As can be expected, some of these methods resonated with me more than others. Readers looking for a walk-through course on Buddhism organized around the adventures of Alice will be disappointed. But those familiar with Wonderland will see it used as one of several methods to describe something but can't be described. Silberberg does a good job of trying, anyway. ...more
5

May 26, 2014

Although slim pickings for Alice in Wonderland references considering the title of the book, Silberberg does a decent job of conveying the essence of Zen Buddhism (particularly the Soto School). Not only does the author quote Alice, he draws upon "Serpico" and Lenny Bruce, his own childhood, historical events, American Pop Culture, other Masters both current and past and, by doing so, makes an understanding of Buddhism much like a fine jazz piece can create an understanding of music. His isn't Although slim pickings for Alice in Wonderland references considering the title of the book, Silberberg does a decent job of conveying the essence of Zen Buddhism (particularly the Soto School). Not only does the author quote Alice, he draws upon "Serpico" and Lenny Bruce, his own childhood, historical events, American Pop Culture, other Masters both current and past and, by doing so, makes an understanding of Buddhism much like a fine jazz piece can create an understanding of music. His isn't the last word, the only word, probably not even the best word on Buddhism, but it is an enjoyable, accessible, sincere, and joyful rendition. Might even encourage you to follow along with further study and exploration.

On a personal note, I finally have a clear, bare bones, and resonant translation of the Heart Sutra from this book. Wonderful! ...more
4

Dec 18, 2009

I know some people expected more Alice - I did too. I guess I accepted the book for what it is & liked what was here anyway. :) This year we've had a lot of change & I've found myself thinking "what if" and "if only "X" was different" a lot. I am starting to be able to accept our circumstances for what they are & the members of my family for who they are also. It's hardest to accept yourself for who you are, I think (and really mean it).

I don't know that I'm on a path toward I know some people expected more Alice - I did too. I guess I accepted the book for what it is & liked what was here anyway. :) This year we've had a lot of change & I've found myself thinking "what if" and "if only "X" was different" a lot. I am starting to be able to accept our circumstances for what they are & the members of my family for who they are also. It's hardest to accept yourself for who you are, I think (and really mean it).

I don't know that I'm on a path toward enlightenment or not, but I liked the book because it made the practice of Zen less intimidating & more within the realm of possibility for anyone as long as they practice it. (Also, let's not kid ourselves here, with 2 small children in the house, another thing the book has going for it is brevity!) :) ...more
3

Sep 23, 2014

A breezy read rife with inspirational insights to specific passages from Anglophone mythology (Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"), intended as a perfunctory introduction to the concept of Zen Buddhism. Frequently self-referential, the text presents countless personal observations and experiences from the author's private life, from conversations with his family to experiences as a student of Zen - which deviate from the source material, sometimes to A breezy read rife with inspirational insights to specific passages from Anglophone mythology (Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"), intended as a perfunctory introduction to the concept of Zen Buddhism. Frequently self-referential, the text presents countless personal observations and experiences from the author's private life, from conversations with his family to experiences as a student of Zen - which deviate from the source material, sometimes to distraction. ...more
5

May 09, 2011

A perfect read for those who have read enough philosophy and/or self-help books to stock a library. This book is very much in alignment with the ideas that the 'search for enlightenment' should be called off and that 'understanding' is highly overrated. Do your 'self' a favor and thin your Purpose of Life library down to this one book. P.S. you do not have to practice Buddhism to appreciate this book's wisdom.
4

May 22, 2016

If there was ever a book that I was 100% the demographic for, this is it. Zen + Alice = no way I was walking out of the store without this book.

It's light and an easy read. It also includes some deeply provocative ideas, like much Zen writing does. Silberberg is funny and insightful while also clearly being very serious and immersed in his practice. A good read!
4

Jul 02, 2011

I was a bit disappointed in it, in that the references to Alice in Wonderland were slim and that was why I had got the book. It did however leave me with a good happy feeling, with the thought that this is it. I can be happy where I am right now, as times may get or have been better or worse, but it's most important to be happy and appreciate the moment because that is what I have right now.
2

Jan 01, 2010

This book was not what I was hoping for based on the synopsis on the back. I want a comparison of Alice in Wonderland to the Zen Buddhist religion. What the Author did was took a few quotes from Alice and inserted them Where he thought they fit then wrote quite a few personal stories then moved on to the next buddhist concept. A little disappointing.
3

Aug 04, 2010

It's a little long-winded (despite the overall brevity of the book) but does what the author set out to do. I had rather hoped for a bit more literary consideration of Alice in Wonderland. Instead, Wonderland is merely used metaphorically to explain Zen.
2

Jun 04, 2010

This isn't what I hoped it would be. I hoped it would use the Alice stories as a way to illuminate truths and ideas about Zen thinking and practice. Instead, it is a primer into Zen thinking and practice with a few quotations from the Alice stories as section headers.
5

Apr 18, 2010

Very beautiful and clearly written. I love Doen's view of the world and the simplicity of it. This is a must read for everyone.
5

Nov 20, 2009

Very enjoyable and thought-provoking book. I would never had thought of looking at Alice in Wonderland from a Zen Buddhist perspective. Enlightening and funny.
5

Sep 04, 2009

Very wonderfully written book, I enjoy Doen's sense of humor and how the story of Alice is intertwined with the lesson of Zen.

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