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Meditations on the Trail

A Guidebook for Self-Discovery


Discover how to explore and deepen your connection to nature with a rich array of do-anywhere meditations.

Going for a long hike or spending time in nature can be like a pilgrimage, a journey into the sacred. In Meditations on the Trail, Christopher Ives offers a rich array of do-anywhere meditations that will help you explore and deepen your connection to nature, and yourself, in new ways, making the most of your time on the trail.

This small book—perfect for throwing in a daypack or a back pocket as you head out for the trail—is filled with practices to take you deep into the heart of the natural world and uncover your deepest, truest, most vibrant self. You’ll return home grateful, more aware of interconnection, and maybe just a little wiser.

Praise for Chris Ives and Zen on the Trail

“Like John Muir, Chris Ives knows that going out into the natural world is really going inward.”—David R. Loy, author of Ecodharma

“Ives reveals how heading out on a trail can carry us beyond our usual senses and sense of ourselves to uncover new possibilities, opening up spacious vistas that deepen our lives.”—Taigen Leighton, author of Zen Questions

“This book offers gateways to epiphany and self-realization through experiencing reconnection in the midst of letting go.”—Prof. Stephanie Kaza, author of Mindfully Green

Christopher Ives is a professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on ethics in Zen Buddhism and Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. His publications include Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics; Zen Awakening and Society; Divine Emptiness and Historical Fullness; a translation (with Abe Masao) of Nishida Kitaro’s An Inquiry into the Good; and a translation (with Gishin Tokiwa) of Hisamatsu Shin’ichi’s Critical Sermons of the Zen Tradition. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and is serving as cochair of the Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Group and on the steering committee of the Religion and Ecology Group of the American Academy of Religion.

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