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.
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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
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