Antony is a long-term Zen practitioner, a teacher in the lineage of Zen Master Dae Gak of Furnace Mountain and a former human rights advocate
His books are full of heart as they are of wisdom; his musings on humility, reconciliation and love are gentle - and often humorous - reminders of what it is to be human.
Antony now lives on a farm in the Karoo with his wife, where they teach meditation retreats and sit on the stoep to watch the sun go down.
‘If we are willing to look our difficulties in the eye, our pain is an opportunity, a chance to wake up, so that our very brokenness can be the doorway to one another and to our world. This is the practice of Zen – or whatever name we give to the path of whole-heartedness; the movement from separation into intimacy, from a partial life to a complete one. Then we can stand up from our armchair and put down the remote, we can let our tenderness guide us into aliveness, beyond argument back into the chaos and nobility of the street.
This is how we find ourselves once more in each other’s shoes. We walk, we work, we weep, and we fall asleep at the end of the day without illusion or regret. Now the question is no longer, ‘Where can I run to?’ but ‘How can I live here?’ Not, ‘Who is to blame?’ but ’How can I help?’ And, finally, in a voice so ordinary we hardly hear it, ‘Come inside, would you like a cup of tea?’
It is difficult to imagine a time when it is more urgent to step beyond ourselves. There is so much need for compassion here, and a sure-footed wisdom. So much need to find again the clear blue sky.’ - Antony Osler, Mzanzi Zen