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The Book of Bu – Tails of a Zen Dog-bookcover

By: Rebecca Spyker

The Book of Bu – Tails of a Zen Dog

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In a profound, funny and beautifully rendered portrait of a furry soul mate, first-time writer Rebecca Spyker recalls the adventures of her rescue dog, Bu, who not only changed her life but became the rescuer, leading her back to the Buddhist wisdom she forgets from time to time.

Bu’s life is captured in a series of all true tails (tales), where he illustrates the absurdities and wonders of human life as this remarkably determined creature bounces from misadventures, strange encounters, life-threatening illnesses and peculiar antics to share his endearing habits.

Rebecca in turn offers the reader some reflections on Zen wisdom, thoughtful insights and very human lessons on life, death and all the delightfully messy bits in between. In getting to know Bu’s poignant, joyful and love-filled journey, it’s guaranteed that you will be begging for a box of tissues one minute and laughing out loud the next.

Written with warmth, grace and good humour, The Book of Bu  Tails of a Zen Dog provides a gentle nudge to learn something about yourself and that laughing and crying are very close companions.

Rebecca Spyker is a first-time author and full-time corporate anthropologist.

Also occupying her time is her devoted partner, to whom she owes a great deal for his love and support during the writing of this book. She also has three extraordinary rescue dogs, who together weigh one hundred and twenty kilograms.

Bringing joy and calm to her life is a daily mix of Zen meditation, Shinto prayer, Huna healing and yoga practices and wisdoms she was introduced to during her years in Japan and Hawaii.


Born in England and raised in Australia, Rebecca lived in Japan for an extended period after studying cultural anthropology and Japanese at the University of Western Australia. Captivated and intrigued by Japan’s beauty and mystery, it’s there she began her fascination with Zen philosophy and Shinto, the country’s main religion.

Later, she lived in the tropical paradise of Hawaii, where she studied Huna philosophy and healing.

Rebecca is also a yoga instructor, massage therapist and a hands-on healing practitioner which, these days, she only offers to friends and friends’ dogs because she’s discovered that writing is much more fun.

She loves to cook and delights in creating delicious vegetarian dishes for friends and family.

In the last decade, Rebecca has become a sought-after business transformation consultant. Drawing on her in-depth knowledge of wisdom traditions helps her effect subtle and positive transformational change.

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