The first books in English to have a wide readership married tape recorder and word processor to make transcriptions of Dharma talks -- Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa; Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki; Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh. How do you see that trend today?

I think the era of that kind of major books in that form is closing. Those kinds of things -- Dharma teachers talking to folks about Dharma -- were able to hit massively because there wasn't anything at all like them, and anything all in that area was new and fresh. Which is not to say those books aren't deserving of their status as classics -- just that future classics won't look the old ones. Now were looking at the more focused and polished specific context applications.

For example, we have a forthcoming book entitled How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired guide for the chronically ill and their caregiver, meeting with huge advance enthusiasm. It's an indication there are these holes to be filled . . . specific hungers, undiscovered territories. It is, in my opinion, one of the very most important books we publish.

I'm grateful for your taking time from your publishing schedule to talk with us.

[Palms joined _/|\_] It's been a great pleasure!

 

Josh Bartok is Senior Editor at Wisdom Publications, having edited over 150 books relating to Buddhism over the last decade. He's also a Zen priest and senior Dharma teacher with Boundless Way Zen and an amateur photographer.