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Taro the Zen Cat

by Jennifer Hunter

Taro does not know how to provide for his family after the death of his father, but he knows he cannot be something he is not.  His journey to find his purpose in life starts with a lie and ends with a choice.


Taro's mother is devastated when she realizes what Taro has chosen to do, and draws a line in the sand. But he turns away and leaves the family to find his true meaning in life.  Instantly banished from home with no hope of returning, Taro gambles with an unknown outcome as he undergoes one of the most difficult training systems ever created – Zen!


Consumed with jealousy and resentment, there is someone who will kill to derail Taro from becoming the first animal Zen Buddhist monk.  Filled with doubt and rage, sometimes it is Taro's own mind that seeps in to bring him down.  And yet, the story has a magical balance of sweetness, devilishness, light-heartedness, honesty, and wonder. 

It is authentic Zen training at its best with all its highs and lows.


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