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    • Asia-Pacific Journal shares Heart Sutra Robot excerpt from upcoming Frederik L. Schodt book

      The Asia-Pacific Journal has shared an excerpt from Frederik L. Schodt's soon to be published My Heart Sutra: A World in 260 Characters in which Schodt describes how the Heart Sutra has moved into the 21st century by way of introduction by robot. Read the full excerpt here. My Heart Sutra is available everywhere December 15th. Get your copy here.

    • Announcing Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods

      Stone Bridge Press is happy to announce the publication of Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, with a Guide to Plants and Recipes by journalist Winifred Bird with illustrations by Paul Poynter. The book is now up for pre-order and will be available for purchase March 9th, 2021. From bracken to butterbur to "princess" bamboo, some of Japan's most iconic foods are foraged, not grown, in its forests, fields, and coastal waters--yet most Westerners have never heard of them. In this book, journalist Winifred Bird eats her way from one end of the country to the other in search of the hidden stories of Japan's wild foods, the people who pick them, and the places whose histories they've shaped. Winifred Bird is a writer, translator, lifelong cook, and lover of plants both wild and domesticated. From 2005 through 2014 she lived in rural Japan, where she worked as an environmental journalist, grew organic rice and vegetables, and ate as many foraged foods as possible. She currently lives with her family in northern Illinois. Paul Poynter is an artist, tree climber, and woodsman living in Matsumoto, Japan. Available where all books are sold March 9th, 2021 Travel/Cooking/House & Home Print ISBN: 9781611720617 eBook ISBN: 9781611729436 $18.95 Print --- $9.99 Digital 264 pages Trim 6" x 8" Format: Paperback / softback Pre-order your copy here

    • My Heart Sutra reviewed by Nikkei Asia

      "In a fascinating aside typical of his book, Schodt muses on similarities between the Heart Sutra and the song "Imagine," which is now jointly credited to Lennon-Ono, in line with Lennon's recorded comments about Yoko's contribution to the lyrics. Both contain a series of negations. "Imagine" pictures an existence stripped of certain mental constructs -- no countries, no religion, no possessions, etc. The Heart Sutra has a far more radical program -- "no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind" -- that erases the building blocks of reality itself. Yet from this superficially nihilistic vision, the sutra mysteriously generates a sense of cleansing, stability and focus -- and has been doing so for 1,500 years. Whatever your religious convictions, in this era of political fracture, global pandemic, climate angst and general confusion, that is surely something to be treasured." My Heart Sutra: A World in 260 Characters is out December 15th, 2020. Order your copy here. Read the full Nikkei Asia review here.

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    • My Year of Dirt and Water

      SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 7/10/18 # of Pages 308 Dimensions 5 x 8" Price (Print/Ebook) $16.95/$9.95 PISBN 9781611720426 EISBN 9781611729306 My Year of Dirt and Water Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan Author Tracy Franz In February 2004, when her American husband, a recently ordained Zen monk, leaves home to train for a year at a centuries-old Buddhist monastery, Tracy Franz embarks on her own year of Zen. An Alaskan alone—and lonely—in Japan, she begins to pay attention. is a record of that journey. Allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered husband, Tracy teaches English, studies Japanese, and devotes herself to making pottery. Her teacher instructs her to turn cup after cup—creating one failure after another. Past and present, East and West intertwine as Tracy is twice compelled to return home to Alaska to confront her mother’s newly diagnosed cancer and the ghosts of a devastating childhood. My Year of Dirt and Water Revolving through the days, circles hard questions: What is love? What is art? What is practice? What do we do with the burden of suffering? The answers are formed and then unformed—a ceramic bowl born on the wheel and then returned again and again to dirt and water. My Year of Dirt and Water Preview "Intriguing... Franz writes in elegantly understated journal entries, each with a satisfying heft, like a rustic wabi-sabi tea bowl." —The New York Times "Tracy Franz's poignant memoir, , is full of carefully observed details. . . what emerges is a discreet love story, but also an account of a woman discovering her own inner strength while living in Japan." My Year of Dirt and Water — The Japan Times "Franz lovingly introduces readers to the intimate parts of Japanese culture and society, while using what she’s learned to look honestly at her own life.” —The Literary Review "Franz’s beautifully crafted memoir... is both immediate and reflective, full of anecdotes from Franz’s daily life as a gaijin as well as meditations on time, love, culture, and more." — Politics and Prose Bookstore "This is a book that, once begun, sends assumptions tumbling, one after the other.” — Kyoto Journal "An evocative look at the expat experience in Japan. . ." — Lion's Roar Magazine "Franz matches restraint with reflexiveness, the precision of her self-awareness countered by her telling omissions." — The Millions "While [Franz] profoundly misses her husband, this beautiful memoir is not about a woman waiting. She too is a student of Zen, of karate, of the Japanese language, and of traditional pottery." —Pacific Rim Review of Books "Franz has written a moving account of her experiences, not just what it’s like to be the wife of a Zen priest who is also a , but of what it’s like when you finally understand.” gaijin — Asian Review of Books "The beauty of the descriptions will make you want to pick up your own clay, or more likely, search out whatever piece of Japanese culture lies closest to your heart." — Ian Yates, GaijinPot takes readers on a personal journey of reflection, posing questions that are larger than the life in which they arose. The very act of reading this journal is meditative, prompting a profound stillness worth experiencing and definitely worth recommending." "My Year of Dirt and Water — World Literature Today " incorporates Zen, pottery, living abroad, and Franz’s past and present with skillful delicacy, connecting these elements as if by analogy. Traversing territory defined by lack, offers the singular pleasure of a story that 'obscures but is not obscured'." My Year of Dirt and Water My Year of Dirt and Water — Foreword Reviews "The vivid and highly distilled prose drew me in from the beginning and gave me the pleasurable sense of a journey to a world different from my own." — Tricycle Magazine “ is a wonderfully intimate and brave work. . . The reader will be enriched by a sanctuary of words, by the author’s heartbeat and compassionate sense of beauty.” My Year of Dirt and Water — , author of Richard Gilbert Poetry as Consciousness: Haiku Forests, Space of Mind, and an Ethics of Freedom (Keibunsha) "Crisp, glittering, deep and probing..." — Dai-En Bennage, translator of Zen Seeds "[Tracy Franz] is a warm, calm, and curious voice that allows us to see Japan in an accessible way." — Cannonball Read " turns out to be a narrative treat. Even the brief journal entries capture vibrant peeks into life in Japan—the good, the bad and the frustrating. From her pottery classes to family visits, Tracy Franz takes you to a sometimes magical and sometimes complex world, but one very much full in enriching experiences." My Year of Dirt and Water — JQ Magazine is filled with questions – on love and loneliness, on fulfillment and failure – and as Tracy ponders them (both behind and away from the potter’s wheel), it prompts a self-examination by the reader of their own state of awareness, happiness, and acceptance." "My Year of Dirt and Water — Uncovering Japan "While waiting for her husband to complete his year of formal training, Tracy teaches English at a university for young women, takes pottery classes from a Japanese teacher (hence the dirt and water), and chips away at her meditation practice. Amidst it all, she keeps a daily journal that eventually becomes this book. Her lyrical prose and sense of moment bring each vignette to life." — Sumeru Press "In a year apart from everyone she loves, Tracy Franz reconciles her feelings of loneliness and displacement into acceptance and trust. Keenly observed and lyrically told, her journal takes us deep into the spirit of Zen, where every place you stand is the monastery." — Karen Maezen Miller, author of Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden "It is a long poem, a string of koans and startling encounters, a clear dream of transmissions beyond words. And it is a remarkable love story that moved me to tears." — Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lamb and Lions, and co-author of Love in the Anthropocene "A remarkable account of a woman's sojourn, largely in Japan, while her husband undergoes a year-long training session in a Zen Buddhist monastery. Difficult, disciplined, and interesting as the husband's training toward becoming a monk may be, it is the author's tale that has our attention here." — John Keeble, author of seven books, including The Shadows of Owls Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Tracy Franz Her essays have most recently appeared in (Sumeru, 2016), , and . Lotus Petals in the Snow: Voices of Canadian Buddhist Women Lion’s Roar Tricycle Magazine Learn More

    • Innovating Out Of Crisis

      SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 5/5/15 # of Pages 216 Dimensions 5.4 x 8.3 Price (Print/Ebook) $24.95/$19.95 PISBN 9781611720235 EISBN 9781611729153 Innovating Out Of Crisis How Fujifilm Survived (and Thrived) As Its Core Business Was Vanishing Author Shigetaka Komori In 2000, photographic film products made up 60% of Fujifilm's sales and up to 70% of its profit. Within ten years, digital cameras had destroyed that business. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. Yet Fujifilm has boasted record profits and continues strong. Here, the CEO who brought Fujifilm back from the brink explains how he engineered transformative organizational innovation and product diversification, with observations on his management philosophy. What happened? What did Fujifilm do? What do businesses today need from their leaders? What kinds of employees can help businesses thrive in the future? Preview "This wonderful book by CEO Shigetaka Komori is full of wisdom. Any company that is facing an earthshaking disruption must read how Fujifilm managed to survive while its long time nemesis, Kodak, ended up closing its doors." — Philip Kotler, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Shigetaka Komori Chairman and CEO of Fujifilm Holdings Corporation. Mr. Komori was appointed CEO in 2003 and chairman in 2012. Learn More

    • The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom

      SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 5/5/13 # of Pages 160 Dimensions NA Price (Print/Ebook) $4.95 PISBN NA EISBN 9781611729078 The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation (Out of Print) Author Wes "Scoop" Nisker THIS TITLE IS OUT OF PRINT Some deep alternative current has begun flowing out of the spiritual adventures and identity struggles of recent generations. Of course, we didn't create the conditions or questions of this new age; we got caught in them. The ground shifted, the old gods departed, the economic and political utopias crumbled, and the traditional answers were washed away. We didn't leave home; home left us. How did a nice Jewish boy from Nebraska become a Buddhist in California? Join Wes "Scoop" Nisker as he takes us on a hilarious, wild ride from West to East and back again in his quest for true self and enlightenment. Combining the best elements of memoir and social commentary, Nisker uses his own story to illuminate the Baby Boomers' roots of spiritual hunger in postwar America. His journey begins in middle America (Nebraska to be exact) in the middle of the twentieth century, travels through the heyday of the Beats and the Hippies, the birth of the modern environmental movement, and winds up in the current epicenter of Buddhism in the West—California. Full of colorful and immediately recognizable figures of art, religion, and popular culture—from Alfred E. Newman to Allen Ginsberg— is a guided tour of both the outer and inner move-ments that have culminated in the growing culture of Western Buddhism—a lasting, vivid picture of how the Baby Boom generation came to be identified with spiritual seeking, how they went about the search, what they have found and created, and what their true legacy is. The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom Preview Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Wes "Scoop" Nisker Books include the newly edited version of his national bestseller, (Ten Speed Press), (Harper San Francisco), (Bantam), and his most recent book (Stone Bridge Press). Essential Crazy Wisdom The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom Buddha's Nature Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Learn More

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