Bad Dog

Author: Lin Jensen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861719085
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What would happen if, instead of bolting your doors against the intrusion of demons you invited them in? Bad Dog! is a vivid testament to the unforeseen love, beauty, and redemption discovered in the most difficult times and places. It reads like a collection of closely linked short stories (think JD Salinger) but is in fact a work of literary nonfiction (think Robert Fulgham, or Augusten Burroughs). Bad Dog! will appeal to anyone who has fallen into dark places and wants to climb back into the light. With quietly crafted poetic language of a quality rarely seen in spiritual books, Lin Jensen tells the stories of his remarkably difficult life: his tumultuous early years on a struggling Midwestern turkey farm, his failed marriage, and the search for meaning that led him eventually to become a Zen teacher. The raw and earthy lessons of Bad Dog! cut to the quick with an understated power, and the reader is left at the end of each chapter subtly transformed, able to reflect more deeply and more fruitfully on the struggles of our own lives. Lin Jensen's writing has rare poetic and literary merit. Lin Jensen received the Best Nonfiction/Spiritual Book award from Today's Librarian for his previous book, Uncovering the Wisdom of the Heartmind. He has taught writing in various colleges and universities for over twenty years, and continues to teach Buddhist ethics and practices at Chico State University. He is the founding teacher and senior teacher emeritus of the Chico Zen Sangha, in Chico, California, where he lives with his wife.

Together Under One Roof

Author: Lin Jensen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861717910
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In Together Under One Roof, Lin Jensen turns his keen eye and powerful prose explicitly to the teachings of the Buddha, to traditional Zen stories, and to the practices of meditation and compassion--as well as the intricacies of everyday language and the natural world, truth and beauty, family, and the myriad ways our simplest actions affect our whole lives. His previous two works, memoirs of growing up and growing old and of the hard-won but gentle wisdom gained in his daily public meditations for peace, were both critical successes earning a special place in readers' hearts. This book takes up symphonic variations on one main theme: we are all "in it" together, we are all living under one roof--and there's always a glowing hearth right here in this, the Buddha's household.

Pavement

Author: Lin Jensen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861715225
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Every day, Lin Jensen has plops down a meditation cushion on the streets of Chico, California, and sits "peace vigils" to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq — his honest effort to change the world. From his knee-level spot on the pavement, Jensen encounters a bracing array of what he calls "uprights": a heartbreakingly generous homeless man; hostile passersby who scream "Fuck you, Peace Wimp!"; "White Wolf," who punctuates every shouted comment with a sharp poke to Lin's chest; compassionate soldiers — all amid rain and bright sun, exhaust, and the scent of azaleas. Jensen — whose previous memoir, Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places, received wide acclaim — here shares his struggles and helps us all learn more about humility, generosity, and what it really means to love our neighbors. This is an inspiring, good-humored book — especially for anyone who might work or wish for change but doesn’t want to be just spitting in the wind.

Epiphanies

Author: Adrian Ravarour
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465324739
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Epiphanies: Energy Flow Poetry is a collection of Ravarours selected poetic works from 1970 to 2004, and represents a direct application of his Energy Flow system to the medium of poetry. The poems function as portals into our intimate, unified consciousness, and as a lens into nature and its multidimensional planes of vibration and being. They portray energy networks and vortices where energies interact, and are evocative of greater spiritual dimensions as drawn from Ravarours practice of his own Energy Meditation exercises. Ravarour has also published Lightforms: Energy Flow Photography; and, Keys to Spiritual Being: Energy Meditation and Synchronization Exercises, designed to spiritualize the individual and draw deeper connections between mates.

Minding What Matters

Author: Robert Langan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861713532
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A lyrical guide draws on Buddhist principles to counsel readers on how to identify the important things in life, presenting sample discussions between a psychotherapist and a patient to demonstrate how readers can create states of inquiry, place themselves into hypothetical situations, and act positively on inner thoughts. Original.

Kisses from Katie

Author: Katie Davis
Publisher: Authentic Media Inc
ISBN: 1780780699
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Katie was a normal American teenager when she decided to explore the possibility of voluntary work overseas. She temporarily 'quit life' to serve in Uganda for a year before going to college. However, returning to 'normal' became impossible and Katie 'quit life' - college, designer clothes, her little yellow convertible and her boyfriend - for good, remaining in Uganda. In the early days she felt as though she were trying to empty the ocean with an eyedropper, but has learnt that she is not called to change the world in itself, but to change the world for one person at a time. By the age of 22 Katie had adopted 14 girls and founded Amizima Ministries which currently has sponsors for over 600 children and a feeding program for Uganda's poorest citizens - so it is no wonder she feels Jesus wrecked her life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together making it more beautiful than it was before.