The Guru of Golf: And Other Stories about the Game of Life

The Guru of Golf: And Other Stories about the Game of Life

by Thomas Moore


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In a sense, these stories are a game of golf. Read these 18 tales and you will have played a round. At the same time, you will have made a tour of the planets, as old theologies recommend. You will have met the "hazards" of life and maybe even accomplished the miracle of a hole in one.

I don't want to explain it all away, but let me say that the phrase hole in one reminds me of the Zen circle representing the fullness of whatever has been completely emptied. A game seems empty, from a certain point of view. It is a waste of good time. Adult men and women chase a tiny ball around heaps of earth and occasional absurdly cultivated "greens." All the while, they could be doing something productive. But from a spiritual point of view, this emptiness is precious.

Just think about that hole in the ground, the object of the chase. Like a kiva. An emptiness in the earth. The empty tomb. A portal to the underworld. A goal that is nothing. Like waiting for Godot. Like sitting at meditation. Like being open to life.

What metaphors! And how wonderfully Zen! After writing this I feel that maybe I should work less and play golf more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401925666
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Best-selling author and psychotherapist Thomas Moore has written numerous books on spirituality, including Writing in the Sand, Soul Mates, Life at Work, and the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Thomas has devoted his life to the study of theology, world religions, Jungian and archetypal psychology, the history of art, and world mythology. He currently lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Holes in One 1

Chapter 2 Golfitis 15

Chapter 3 The Affair of the Pitching Wedge 27

Chapter 4 The Archeology of Golf 37

Chapter 5 The Four Tailors 49

Chapter 6 The Golf Diamond 57

Chapter 7 The Guru of Golf 69

Chapter 8 The Man Who Hit Balls High 81

Chapter 9 The Golf Hotel 91

Chapter 10 The Golf Lesson 101

Chapter 11 The Lost Ball 111

Chapter 12 Mystic Green 119

Chapter 13 The Opposite of Remorse 133

Chapter 14 The Devil Plays a Round 145

Chapter 15 Cosmic Golf 159

Chapter 16 Peace and Tranquility 173

Chapter 17 Married to Golf 193

Chapter 18 The Zen of Golf 201

About the Author 211

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