Monk Coen

Monk Coen

MONK COEN

Born in São Paulo, in 1947, Claudia Dias Baptista de Souza, Monk Coen, has had a unique life. Mother at 17, she worked as a journalist for a São Paulo daily, abused drugs and alcohol, attempted suicide. After some years in Europe, she went back to Brazil and, very much in love, moved to the United States with her American boyfriend, stage illuminator for artists like Alice Cooper and David Bowie.

In the US, she started practicing zazen regularly and took her monastic vows in 1983. Soon after her vows, she joined a nuns’ monastery in Nagoya, Japan, where she lived for eight years. After five marriages, she lives in Temple Zen Buddhist Zendo Community Brasil, in São Paulo, the same address where she spent her childhood and teen years. She has the company of her disciples and many dogs.

SUFFERING IS AN OPTION: HOW ZEN BUDDHISM CAN HELP COPING WITH DEPRESSION (O SOFRIMENTO É OPCIONAL: COMO O ZEN BUDISMO PODE AJUDAR A LIDAR COM A DEPRESSÃO)

Can Zen Buddhism help preventing and/or overcoming depression, an illness that afflicts 320 million people worldwide? This book by Claudia Dias Baptista de Souza, Monk Coen, says yes and shows how. Important and admired Brazilian Buddhist monk, with over 18,200,000 followers of her posts on Youtube, Coen reveals how Buddhism views depression and teaches its precepts to deal with the malady, as she tells stories and cases from her fascinating life in Brazil, Europe, the US and for almost a decade in a monastery for nuns in Nagoya, Japan.

The World Health Organization forecasts that by 2020 depression will be humanity’s most incapacitating illness. This data should be enough to prove the relevance of SUFFERING IS AN OPTION. Two weeks after publication, the book had already sold 3,000 copies, going to its third reprint in just over a month.

Publication/Status: by Bella Editora (Brazil) in September 2017. Sold to 20|20 (Portugal). [112 pages]