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Suffering is an Option (O sofrimento é opcional)



Original Language: Portuguese (Brazilian) | 112 pp. | September 2017

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic, and World English.

Rights sold: Portugal (20|20)

Monk Coen has over 300,000 subscribers on Youtube, 90,000 on Facebook and her videos have over 900,000 views.


Can Zen Buddhism help you prevent and/or overcome depression, an illness that afflicts 320 million people worldwide? This book by Claudia Dias Baptista de Souza, Monk Coen, says yes and shows you how. With over 300,000 subscribers on Youtube, renowned Brazilian Buddhist monk Coen reveals how Buddhism views depression. She teaches its precepts to deal with the malady, relaying stories and cases from her fascinating life in Brazil, Europe, the US and, for almost a decade in a monastery for nuns, 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: How Zen Buddhism Can Help Coping With Depression.

Born in São Paulo in 1947, Claudia Dias Baptista de Souza, Monk Coen, has led a unique life. Mother at 17, she worked as a journalist for a São Paulo daily, abused drugs and alcohol, and attempted suicide. After some years in Europe, she went back to Brazil. Very much in love, she 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 neighborhood she grew up in. She has the company of her disciples and many dogs.