Topeka author’s thought-provoking poems inspire Zen in new spiritual book

TOPEKA, Kan. — Author T.S. Blizniak announces the nationwide release of his enlightening new poetry book, “The Way Chosen While on the Way: Or a Singular Christian Response as Viewed Through Zen.”

“The Way Chosen While on the Way” is a collection of musings, poems and prayers written over a period of 43 years. While the language, style and format has changed over the years, the basic theme, observations and questions have remained essentially the same. The book focuses on the Eastern Zen and the use of the koan, which refers to a short structure of words usually in the form of a haiku or definite poem of predetermined style. The word Zen itself can be translated as a physical, mental or emotional state of consciousness. This concept is usually expressed in the symbol known as the Tao or Way.

“The Way Chosen While on the Way” contains ideas that have been expressed repeatedly throughout the ages of Western civilization. Readers will be overwhelmed as they enter Blizniak’s world within this book’s pages.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Though he was born in 1950, Blizniak was neither a hippie nor a flower child. Throughout his lifetime, he has worn many hats. Blizniak was in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as an E-1. He has also lived as a Franciscan brother, a Benedictine monk and a married man. The author, who holds postgraduate degrees, is highly qualified in five states in the field of education, having taught for over 40 years in the field of special education. Aside from being an instructor, he has been a banker, caregiver and substance abuse counselor. Today, Blizniak considers himself a simple man of prayer who strives to live the Gospel values daily.

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