Appendix C

From the Trees to Thee: Further Reads

When author Celeste West was the librarian at San Francisco Zen Center, she’d plant small, handwritten cards on a few shelves with apt mottoes she’d written, like: Sometimes the best books are still in trees.” And If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone read it? Such reminders are indeed good, when standing in the company of ink-smeared dead trees (books), manifest as documents of Dharma thanks to the invisible labor of innumerable hands and minds, as found in a library, a bookshop, or your own night-stand reading stack. True, there’s a venerable Buddhist lineage in the mere existence of books (the first printed book with movable type being Buddhist, predating the Gutenberg Bible). But I don’t ...

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