Broken Starfish

A new collection of haiku and ink paintings from Ron C. Moss, published by Walleah Press 2019.

“With poetry and ink paintings, Broken Starfish completely satisfies, while it leaves me waiting for the next volume from this remarkably talented artist and poet.” — Ferris Gilli, Consulting Editor of The Heron’s Nest.

For a signed copy ($22 including postage) contact Ron Moss at

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Selected Poems — Yu Jian

Recently translated by Simon Patton and Naikan Tao, this Selected Poems brings all the zest and energy of this contemporary Chinese poet to life for English readers.

“Regarding translation, Yu is inclined to think that it ‘dismembers’ poetry. His personal friend and consummate translator, Simon Patton, knows what Yu means: but that has not prevented him doing the devotional work that makes this book possible —showcasing a major contemporary poet whose ear and tongue survived the blast furnace of Maoism. A survival not without anxiety, as his books over the last two decades have been demonstrating.” — Barry Hill, The Australian

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The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Traditionally, Zen koans—the teaching stories of Zen—are drawn from the words and teachings of ancient masters and primarily address the concerns of (male) monastic practitioners. In The Crow Flies Backward, Ross Bolleter changes all at.

The 108 modern koans offered within address sexuality and childbirth, family, parenthood, work, money and even the nature time itself. These koans are drawn from a variety of modern sources: Western philosophy, the Bible, contemporary and classic literature from Proust to Lewis Carroll and Mary Oliver and Anne Carson, as well as stories provided by author’s encounters with his Zen students.


Red Thread Zen

A radical, life-affirming book that reconciles Zen with our embodied humanity by Susan Murphy Roshi.

Red Thread Zen explores every corner of the magnificent koan of being “still attached to the red thread,” or “line of tears.” This is an argument against the bloodless and socially disengaged form of Buddhism that is generally being gestated in the West, one that shades too readily into the blandest of bland self-help.

Love, attachment, the passions, gender, carnality, birth, bodily being, mortality, belonging, suffering, hope, despair, personhood, imagination, vitality, the struggle to be fully human—how do these things dwell wholly in emptiness, how do we reconcile their vivid life with “no-thingness”?

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Dongshan’s Five Ranks

The first in-depth English commentary on the Five Ranks—a core text of the Zen tradition that teaches what can't be taught—which contains new translations of all of the key texts of the Five Ranks cycle.

Ross Bolleter Roshi assembles and provides commentary on all of the core texts of the Five Ranks, including the precursors that inspired it and works inspired by it. Approaching the Five Ranks from a rich and sophisticated koan perspective, Bolleter Roshi augments his explanations of the works with liberal doses of humor and storytelling, bringing this esteemed classic to life. Dongshan’s Five Ranks lays out the path that every student of the Way must traverse on the journey to becoming a teacher.

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Minding the Earth, Mending the World

We all know our earth is in trouble. But is it beyond repair? Are we stuck with a planetary disaster we cannot hope to address?

Despite the reality we find ourselves in, Zen teacher and author Susan Murphy reminds us of the astounding intelligence and magnificence of nature and argues that not only is it not too late, but that we all have the capacity to embrace this challenge with a sense of hope and reason.

In the tradition of the great eco-theologian Thomas Berry, Minding the Earth, Mending the World offers a profoundly hopeful second chance to engage with what it means to deeply mind the earth once more.