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The Finger and the Moon


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Experience with Ejo Takata (Mexico, 1961)

The Essential Sound of Emptiness


Swallowing the Serpent

The Two Cat Doors

The Fool and the Theologian

Crossing the River

Eyes Wide Open

The Monks and the Rabbits

Miracle and Faith

The Zen Garden


Ignorance and Enlightenment

The Interview

Hell and Paradise

Pay Attention

An Impassive Old Man

The Test of the Jar

The Head of the Dog

The Learning Process


Regarding Koan Masters and Disciples

The Wooden Buddha in the Temple Fire


What Is Buddha?

Back to the World


Is Buddha in the Dog?

Seizing the Sky

The Master's Bones

The Master's Death

Two Monks and a Nightingale

The White Stone

The Heart of the Tree

The Visit of Master Tanka

Mokugen's Smile


Open Hand, Closed Hand

Cutting Off Buddha's Neck

A Million Things

The One-Pound Shirt

Break the Shape

Where Are You?

Becoming One with the Path

The Dog's Nature

Nansen's Arrow

Joshu and the Birds

The Monk, the Bridge, and the River

The Spirit at the Center

Falling into the Well

The Sleeping Attendant

Constant Inconstancy

The Thousand Hands of the Buddha of Compassion

The Master's Heart

Ten Thousand

Stronger than Buddha

Interior and Exterior

The Best Piece of Meat

The Three Worlds

What Has Become of the Old Masters?

A Definition of Zen

Facing Disaster

Tchao-Tcheu Tests an Old Woman

The Mocking Gloss of Wu-Men

Arakuine's Tears


The Candle

The Master's Gratitude




About the Author

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, mime, and psychotherapist. He has directed several films, including The Rainbow Thief and the legendary cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. His most recent film, The Dance of Reality, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 alongside a highly acclaimed documentary about his visionary film that never was, Jodorowsky's Dune. He is the author of more than 20 books on spirituality and tarot, including Psychomagic, The Way of Tarot, Metagenealogy, and Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness, as well as more than 30 comic books and graphic novels. He lives in Paris.


"No one alive today, anywhere, has been able to demonstrate the sheer possibilities of artistic invention--and in so many disciplines--as powerfully as Alejandro Jodorowsky." * NPR Books *
"Alejandro Jodorowsky is a demiurge and an interpreter of our stories, always exploring further the understanding of both the beauty and complexity revealed by humankind." * Diana Widmaier Picasso, art historian *
"Jodorowsky is a brilliant, wise, gentle, and cunning wizard with tremendous depth of imagination and crystalline insight into the human condition." * Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head *
"Alejandro Jodorowsky seamlessly and effortlessly weaves together the worlds of art, the confined social structure, and things we can only touch with an open heart and mind." * Erykah Badu, artist and alchemist *
"One of the most inspiring artists of our time. . . . A prophet of creativity." * Kanye West, recording artist *
"The Dance of Reality begs to be read as a culminating work. . . ." * Los Angeles Times *
"The Dance of Reality [film] is a trippy but big-hearted reimagining of the young Alejandro's unhappy childhood in a Chilean town. . . ." * New York Times Magazine *
"Manual of Psychomagic is great . . . like a cookbook of very useful recipes that can help us to understand our life and the universe we live in." * Marina AbramoviAE?, performance artist *
"His films El Topo and The Holy Mountain were trippy, perverse, and blasphemous." * Wall Street Journal *
"The best movie director ever!" * Marilyn Manson, musician, actor, and multimedia artist *

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