This Stick Never Fails. A Zen Memoir by a Fully Transmitted Soto Zen Master
by Ronin “Corn Cob” Tyrant, Roshi
Rev. Ronin ”Corn Cob” Tyrant, OSCF, is an American Soto Zen priest, accomplished amateur wrestler, and the current abbot and head priest of the Rust Belt Zen Center in Lima, Ohio. Tyrant received Dharma transmission in 1987 and is the founder of an organization of Soto priests known as the The Order of Swaying Corn Fields (OSCF). He is a regular speaker at many schools, colleges, and universities, and leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States. Ronin is also an initiate of the Satanic Order of Illuminates and chairs the Membership Committee of the American Occult Zen Teachers Association. In 2001 he gave Dharma Transmission to his fiancé and senior ordained student, Kuken Robertson.
Ronin is feared and respected throughout the world of North American Zen for his fierce and uncompromising approach. A skillful Internet troll, he is the undisputed master of several online forums and discussion boards. Eternally loyal to his friends, he shows no mercy towards enemies of the True Dharma of Dogen Zenji. An expert in kyosakudo, he has broken countless sticks over the shoulders of his students. Maniy have left his Sangha in tears, but he is also surrounded by a group of loyal supporters, who describe their respected Master as a skilled plumber with a soft spot for dogs.
The Stick Never Fails is a serious and well-grounded memoir of an unusual Zen master. Far from the politically correct clichés we have come to expect from contemporary spiritual teachers, Tyrant writes with awe-inspiring directness, offering both the struggles and the joys of ordinary life as opportunities for insight. Anyone looking for inspiration to bring authentic, uncompromising Soto Zen into their daily lives will find this book reassuring and encouraging.
Tyrant’s writing bypasses intellectual sophistry and psychological wishy-washiness. Simple, clear prose illustrates, vividly, an insightful and direct appreciation of unquestioning loyalty to the Teacher as the Way itself.