July 15, 2011
Fire Monks Reading at City Center

We had a lively full house last night in the dining room at City Center for the book reading and launch event for Colleen Busch’s Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara, just out from Penguin Press.

The event was video streamed live to the web and recorded for viewing on-demand.

Watch live streaming video from sfzc at livestream.com
Scroll forward to 10:00 (minutes) for the start of the presentation.

Click on the video above to a play the full recording of that stream.


  • Shisan Robert Thomas, Welcome & Acknowledgments
  • Ze Sho Susan O’Connell, Intro to ‘Sitting with Fire’ film clip
  • Short clip from “Sitting with Fire” film (in process)
  • Abbot Myogen Steve Stücky, remarks and introduction of Colleen
  • Colleen Busch, Comments and Reading from Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara (July, 2011)
  • Q&A with Colleen and Fire Alumni (includes 4 “monks” and other notable people/professionals familiar with fire/fire history at Tassajara)
  • Closing Remarks

You might also be interested in the transcript of the accompanying text-based chat.

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