Instructions to the Cook
This book is also included in our Reader's Guide on Dogen where you will find other important Zen classics.
Zen is not just about what we do in the meditation hall, but what we do in the home, the workplace, and the community. That’s the premise of this book: how to cook what Zen Buddhists call “the supreme meal”—life. It has to be nourishing, and it has to be shared. And we can use only the ingredients at hand.
Inspired by the thirteenth-century manual of the same title by Dogen, the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, Instructions to the Cook describes the innovative business model Roshi Bernie Glassman developed to revitalize a poverty-stricken section of Yonkers, New York. Using his own story as a base, Glassman shows how social engagement can be used as a spiritual practice to promote both personal and societal transformation.