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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 97 AS A 55-YEAR-OLD PRIEST VISITING FROM JAPAN, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi was inspired to stay and teach in the United States by an eagerness in his California students that he called shoshin, or “beginner’s mind.” The scruffy crew that showed up at the zendo each morning—housewives, acidheads, readers of Jack Kerouac and Alan Watts—had fewer preconceptions about Buddhism, and more hunger to taste the marrow of Zen, than the old-school sanghas he saw back home. The San Francisco Zen Center was born. The flourishing of Suzuki Roshi’s way in the fertile West Coast soil is only one of dozens of stories chronicled in a handsome book called The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape. Writer Erik Davis and photographer Michael Rauner make a strong case that the common thread running through the crazy-quilt spiritual heritage of the Golden State—from American Zen and Jewish Renewal to goddess worship and Scientology—is a passionate search for firsthand experience of the sacred, particularly if it requires improvising a means to get there. From the Pentecostal pulpits of Echo Park to the yoga studios of Beverly Hills, what uni- fies California’s flamboyantly eclectic lineage, writes Davis, is “an imaginative, experimental, and often hedonistic quest for human transformation by any means necessary.” By embracing the diverse forms of California’s spiritual life with non-snarky equanimity, The Visionary State is full of discoveries and provocative juxtapositions, both verbal and visual. The story of Ken Kesey’s psychedelic rebellion against ossified belief is tucked into a chapter about a dome-shaped Unitarian Universalist church in the San Fernando Valley that hosted one of the Merry Pranksters’ Acid Tests in 1966. Davis uncovers Gnostic undercurrents at the Lick Observatory and reveals a Rosicrucian influence on the prolific imaginations of both Walt Disney and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Even for seasoned practitioners, The Visionary State offers pithy insights, such as when Davis observes that one of the crucial contributions made to Buddhism by teachers like Bernie Glassman and Sylvia Boorstein is their distinctly Jewish blend of pragmatism and humor. Meanwhile, Rauner’s luminous panoramas provide rare glimpses of sacred spaces like the Ring of Bone Zendo in the Sierra foothills— built by the poet Gary Snyder and his friends—and Druid Heights in Marin County, where lesbian poet Elsa Gidlow established a California Seekin’ THE VISIONARY STATE: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape By Erik Davis and Michael Rauner Chronicle Books, 2006; 272 pp.; $40 (cloth) REVIEWED BY STEVE SILBERMAN REVIEWS Top: A building called the Mandala, in Druid Heights, Marin County. Above: Spadena House, also known as the Witch House, in Beverly Hills. @