Firethroat Press

Firethroat Press is an  independent publishing company founded in 2011 based in Madison, Wisconsin, dedicated to the service of translating the Dharma to the West.

There are plans to expand our catalog, increase our selection of free resources for individual or group study, as well as to present new works by a variety of author/practitioners whose voices might otherwise remain unheard.

 NEW CATALOG LISTING

Unfolding the Eightfold Path: A Contemporary Zen Perspective by Dale Verkuilen offers a view of the Buddha’s Fourth Noble Truth from a practitioner who tread the path from youth to elderhood. This work presents a unique interpretation of the dynamic nature of the “right” elements of right view, thought, effort, concentration, mindfulness, speech, action, and livelihood. Nine distinctive explanations for each of the categories explore an evolutionary view of their dynamic change from conceptual knowledge to liberating insight.

ABOUT SOME OF OUR CATALOG LISTINGS

Each of the ten essays in Dokusan with Dogen: Timeless Lessons in Negotiating the Way by Barbara Verkuilen skillfully employs an aspect of Master Dogen’s teaching to clarify oftentimes misunderstood tenets of Zen philosophy, such as non-attachment, selflessness, emptiness, and requisites for authentic practice.

 Tending the Fire: An Introspective Guide to Zen Awakening by Dale and Barbara Verkuilen is offered as a skillful means for studying the constituents of self before and after transformative experiences. The application of this method assists practitioners in learning to trust their deepest intuition and the autonomous nature of the healing process.

The Tale of Zen Master Bho Li won the Eric Hoffer Award for Small Press publication excellence in the Spiritual category. It also was a finalist for front cover art.

Many Zen Centers are using “Bho Li” in their childhood educational programs. Although the story was originally written for adults, teens and preteens grasp and and enjoy the fable’s messages on their own, and reading the tale to younger children opens their appreciation of the illustrations. An unabridged reading by the author is also availble

“The well-told, fast-paced story is a dramatic one with many sympathetic characters. The book is successful on several levels. As pure entertainment, it is fun to read and enjoyable. It functions as a gentle introduction to Buddhist philosophy for children and has inspiring words for readers of any age …”       –U. S. Review of Books

Words within Silence: 108 Poems of Zen Awakening by Joe Kyugen Michaud has been added to the Firethroat Press Catalog. Kyugen is an Iowa City, Iowa writer and Zen Buddhist who in his later years has tapped the creative source, producing this collection of contemporary Zen poetry soon to followed by another book this fall. Take a moment and click over to sample his encompassing insights.

 Where the Dragon Gains the Water: The Founding of Ryumonji Zen Monastery “Dragon” is a written and audio compilation of the efforts that were made to bring about the construction of the Ryumonji, the first monastery built in the West following the four building model used in China and Japan.

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Information, excerpts, and ordering details can be found in our Catalog.