Squaw Valley Institute | and#8216;Fire Monksand#8217; author and Tassajara Monk David Zimmerman to appear | SierraSun.com

Squaw Valley Institute | and#8216;Fire Monksand#8217; author and Tassajara Monk David Zimmerman to appear

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Courtesy photoMeet author Colleen Morton, Tassajara Zen Centerand#8217;s Director David Zimmerman and Squaw Valley Fire Chief Pete Bansen Sept. 7.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Squaw Valley Institute brings author Colleen Morton Busch to Lake Tahoe to talk about her book, and#8220;Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire.and#8221; The discussion, which takes place on Friday, Sept. 7 at Resort at Squaw Creek, will include Morton Busch, one of the fire-fighting monks and Director of the Tassajara Zen Center, David Zimmerman, along with Squaw Valley Fire Department Chief Pete Bansen on the topic of the Big Sur fire, along with dangers in our own backyard. A no-host reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the discussion commencing at 7 p.m.

The Fire Monks book centers around the story of a fire that threatened to destroy the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Big Sur in June of 2008. At that time, more than 2,000 wildfires, all started by a single lightning storm, blazed across the state of California. Tassajara, the oldest Zen Buddhist monastery in the United States, was at particular risk. Set deep in the Ventana Wilderness east of Big Sur, the center is connected to the outside world by a single unpaved road. If fire were to enter the canyon, there would be no way out. Ultimately, five monks took a stand against nearly insurmountable odds, applying their Zen training to the situation, and#8220;guidingand#8221; the fire.

Morton Busch is a San Francisco Bay Area resident, and homeowner at Lake Tahoe. You can find more information about the author at http://colleenmortonbusch.com/fire-monks/.

Tickets for the event are $15 for the public, and free to Squaw Valley Institute members. For information visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

About the Squaw Valley Institute

Squaw Valley Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. The Institute presents lectures, performances, forums, exhibitions and classes in the unique mountain environment of Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and surrounding communities, bringing together visitors, residents and friends in the truest sense of community.