Prajnatara’s book, Turning and Being Turned: A Zen Circle of Practice Realization is available for order.

Turning and Being Turned: A Zen Circle of Practice Realization is a handbook for practicing Buddhist teachings, ancient and contemporary. It supports those who aspire to awaken within today’s Earth Emergency–the tipping point of losing the world as we know it. 

“Your practice affects the entire earth. The moment when it is actualized is called now.”  – Eihei Dogen

This book reverses the popular impulse to “zen out” of our lives. It invites us to intimately “zen in.” Turning into practice is exactly the place to realize we are being turned by the ineffable Wisdom and Love of an evolving Universe. It enables the “Great Turning” of humanity’s potential for a wiser, kinder world. 

Author Prajnatara Paula, guides us around the “Circle of Practice Realization” taught to her by her Soto Zen ancestor, Eihei Dogen. Glimpse inside the “zendo” to experience how Prajnatara and her students practice the four turnings of Dogen’s circle. Those curious about Zen and those already practicing will find generous support.

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Here are a few things that have been said about Turning and Being Turned:

“I found this book to be as practical as it is profound, as simple as it is insightful. Paula Hirschboeck is the consummate Zen teacher in her ability to use words to move beyond words. In the frightenibg midst of our threatened planet, she gently invites the reader to realize the sustaining interconnecting energy of the Universe. We can turn because we are being turned,” – Paul Knitter,

“Prajnatara Paula Hirschboeck invites the reader into conversation with the wisdom of Zen Master Dogen. Offering a clarifying perspective on some commonly misunderstood approaches to Zen, it is also a ‘how to’ book, providing readers with creative exercises that will enliven their practice beyond the meditation cushion. Prajnatara’s exploration will help readers expand their view beyond the personal turning to discover how we are al turned by the world in a dance of reciprocity.” – Renshin Barbara Verkuilen

“This refreshing read serves as an excellent high-energy infusion of Zen Buddhist Dharma, clear enough to guide the uninitiated and simultaneously penetratingly refined for the experienced practitioner, Prajnatara Paula Hirschboeck accomplishes this task in a spirited way that addresses both our global commonality and our personal uniqueness as th text washes over us while leaving ample space to challenge the reader.” – Seiso Paul Cooper