BOOK LAUNCH February 29, 2012

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Join us February 29th at the Rubin Museum of Art for the launch of our Senseis’ books!

COME!  Plan to spend a wonderful evening with us at The Rubin Museum of Art.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. at the Rubin Museum book store. There you can meet the authors and have your books signed.

Making Zen Your Own: Giving Life to Twelve Key Golden Age Ancestors
by Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels

This book traces the life stories of twelve key Chinese Zen masters who shaped what was to become Zen’s Golden Age. It stresses the humanity of these ancestors, showing that they were not formed from a generic mold but, rather, were individuals with quirks, senses of humor, and unique ways of expressing  the Dharma.  Lively, accessible storytelling sheds light on their paradoxical teachings with clarity and simplicity while showing that the masters faced some of the same challenges spiritual seekers face today.

Never Something Else – Poems from the Eye of Zen
by Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels

A book featuring  poetry sparked by practice and inspired by the natural world. The poems in this collection encourage readers to be at ease with what is before their eyes. To let go of notions such as large, small, human, non-human. To be satisfied that reality is never something else.

General Information:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St., NYC
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)

5 – 7 p.m.
Free admission to the galleries for those who purchase a book at the shop
(Rubin café open until 7 p.m.) 

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Readings by the authors, followed by a Q&A and book signing

There will be Free Admission to the galleries for those who purchase a book.  The Rubin Museum of Art has the largest Western collection of religious art from cultures of the Himalayan Mountain range, including those of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan as well as the interrelated traditions of India, Mongolia, and China, including Zen art.  Galleries will be open until 7 p.m.

The Rubin Museum Café (open 5-7 p.m.) is the perfect place to stop by to enjoy the smells and tastes of the Himalayas before or after enjoying the museum’s galleries.   Enjoy seasonal specialties including their daily rice bowls with varied savory toppings, handmade traditional momo dumplings, and fresh baked samosas.  TheCafé also offers a wide range of seasonal soups, salads, and assorted vegetarian and regional specials. There is also a wide selection of specialty chai, teas, and coffee drinks as well as varied desserts to savor on a chilly winter afternoon.

Live music from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

7 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.
Each author will introduce us to his/her book with selected readings.
A question and answer period will follow. Afterwards, there will be time to get books signed and a chance to socialize.

Hope you can come!   The evening promises to be both thought provoking and delightful.

By Subway
A, C and E to 14th Street (8th Avenue)
1 to 18th Street (7th Avenue)
1, 2, 3 to 14th Street (7th Avenue)
F and M to 14th Street (6th Avenue)
L to 14th Street (6th Avenue)
N, R, Q, 4, 5 and 6 to 14th Street Union Square 

By Bus
M6, M7, or M20 to the corner of 7th Avenue and 18th Street.
M5, M6, or M7 to the corner of 6th Avenue and 18th Street. 

There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and
6th Avenue. Street parking opens up on both sides of 17th Street at 6pm.

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