Presentation of Marta Millà’s “Contes Zen” (Zen Stories)

The author will present her book in the Jaimes bookshop on the 20th of November along with the author of the book’s prologue, Víctor Amela, and shakuhachi accompaniment by Horacio Curti

In Contes Zen, actress and Gestalt therapist, Marta Millà, a Zen Buddhism practitioner for more than twenty years, offers a compilation of traditional tales relating to the practise of this ancient form of Oriental meditation.

First published in Catalan in 2012 by Edicions de Viena, the book is a series of ancient Japanese Zen wisdom tales full of clarity, depth, tenderness and humour, compiled with the aim of helping readers discover their inner silence, tranquillity, creativity and love - texts written from the heart to be listened to with the soul or, as the Buddhist masters say, I shen den shen, from spirit to spirit.

This year the edition has been translated into Spanish and re-released in Catalan and is accompanied by illustrations by Jordi Arcalís and a CD containing seventeen of the stories narrated by Millà to the accompaniment of the music of Horacio Curti. Curti, an Argentinian musician and ethno-musicologist, is a master of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese end-blown flute used as a meditation tool by Zen monks on their road to enlightenment.

On Thursday the 20th of November in the Jaimes bookshop, beginning at 7 pm, Millà and Curti will offer a performance in which they will explore the territory of narration within a shakuhachi soundscape. The event, which is free of charge, will also include a sake tasting and a talk by journalist Víctor Amela, the author of the prologue to the book. For more information, please consult the bookshop website

Publication date: Thursday, 13 November 2014
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