Fire Monks, Zen mind meets wildfire at Gates of Tassajara in California. By: Colleen Morton Busch. An exciting and heartwarming read about a wildfire and how unpredictable and dangerous they are. The first honest account of the unadorned courage you will find in American Zen communities. A story unfolds recounting the brave, intelligent and successful efforts to defend the oldest Zen monastery (Tassajara) outside Asia. It’s a charming tale, starting with a single lightning storm, that blazed across the state of California. Tassajara, is the oldest Zen Buddhist monastery in the USA. A gripping narrative and insider’s portrait of the Zen path. Hardbound. Pgs.256. Book measures approximately 6 1/4 inches wide X 9 1/2 inches high.