The heart of Zen practice and writing are the same, teaches Peter Matthiessen to freshen the mind and see things in a new way. On Zen and the Writing Life, Matthiessen chronicles his own 25 years of growth as both a writer and a meditator. Can meditation be used to broaden and clarify the writers vision? How do you cultivate a "beginners mind"? Here is an extraordinary writers personal account of these never-ending tasks and essential listening for all writers interested in the spiritual life.