Find the Seeker! by Zen Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and his pupil, Zen teacher Clifford Stevens, takes us on an inner pilgrimage, compassionately picking us up where we are, whether beginners or longstanding seekers. Based on the wisdom and profound, first-hand experience of a modern-day Master as well as the teachings of enlightened ones throughout the ages, the book reboots our spiritual search in order to renew our limiting, thought-driven and ego-dominated lives. Focusing on the spiritual dimension underlying Existence which all of us share, the book addresses people of all faiths who suffer, are unhappy and seek to lead more fulfilling lives.
Clifford Stevens was born in the United States. His careers as a teacher, journalist, PR manager and translator led him to study Qi Gong, Zen and meditation with Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi for many years. Meditation-imparted experiences and the Dharma transmission from Genro qualified him to be named a teacher of Zen.
Gert Beirer, who was born in Austria in 1945, studied Zen, meditation, Kung-Fu, Qi Gong and acupuncture in Asia. He was given the name Genro (“Origin of Joy”) Xuan Lou, Laoshi (Laoshi = “Spiritual Master”) by Zen Master Tetsuo Kiichi Nagaya Roshi. Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi was named Zen (Chan) Master by the Abbot and Grand Master Kun Kong at the Lingyin Temple (Shakyamuni Buddhism) in Hangzhou, with whom he studied 11 years, by Abbot and Zen Master Shi Chan Ming in Wuhan, Province Hubei, China, and was also named Shifu or “Spiritual Teacher” in 2009 by Shi Xue Feng, Abbot of the Ding Shan Temple in Germany.
Praise for Find the Seeker!
"Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques. Instead, the authors again and again challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Clifford Stevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience." --Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum,neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.
"Here is an enthusiastic account of the Zen way that is full of the excitement of discovery after discovery. Genro has an imaginative feel for how Zen can rhyme with Western tradition. The book is designed for you to take the ride and change your heart, rather than add to your learning in the normal way.It should be issued with seat belts. Genro's insight is disarming and fun and worth experiencing." --John Tarrant, Zen teacher, founder and director of the Pacific Zen Institute, author of The Light Inside the Dark and Bring Me the Rhinoceros.
"Let go of your ideas and read this wonderful book without expectations of what the path is really about. Genro will accompany you as a true friend." --Taiwa Kakunen,Zen monk at the Kakunen-Ji Temple at Wachendorf Castle, Germany and Member of the Zen Group in Villingen-Schwennigen, Germany (the entire text is in the foreword to the book).
"Like the work I have done over many decades, this book helps people to find the true Self, be One with their Divine Nature, and be free to Be. It compassionately shows people how to turn within to uncover their own Shangri-La. It is a unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work which I highly recommend to all spiritual seekers and those who want to find what is Eternal." --Ihaleakala Hew Len, author of Zero Limits, teacher of Ho'oponopono and former Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation of I.
"There are Buddhas and patriarchs ready to accompany serious seekers.They are independent of ideologies, do not play with a spiritual baby rattle, are free of intellectual trends and stay away from fundamentalist complaining. . . . [T]hey are guides and guardians of the'Gateless Gate'. . . . Such a person is Genro Laoshi. With his book, Find the Seeker!, he touches your heart." --Xue Feng, Abbot of the DingShan Monastery and Chan Master, alias Konrad von Moresbach of the Oblates of the Order of St. Benedict (the entire text is in the afterword).
"This exceptional and unique book ... is a valuable guide to jump start your journey away from ego-based and thought-dominated suffering to Being and pure Consciousness without the usual detours. Discard your preconceptions, and let it accompany you to unfold your true, non-dual nature." --Reza Ketabi Pour, spiritual teacher, healer and founder of the Ketabi Center
"This book is grounded, realistic and authentic. It entices us to follow the authors on the Middle Way--not in a painful, strained and complaining manner, but lighthearted and with joy. The book turns seekers into finders, and should be read again and again." --Fritz Maywald, management consultant, trainer and author