Biography/Spirituality – Blue Skies Buddha

Blue Skies BuddhaBlue Skies Buddha
By Liz Lewinson
Publisher: Mystic-Buddha Publishing House
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 978-0982050576
ASIN: B015JPB7X4
Pages: 382
Genre: Biography, Religion, Buddhism

This acclaimed biography of the early teaching years of Rama ‐ Dr. Frederick Lenz (1950 ‐ 1998) highlights the new age spiritual renaissance of the 1970s and 80s and the founding of an original, deep‐rooted movement of American Buddhism. Readers take part in a free-spirited adventure as they witness a wild, sports jock teenager transform into an iconoclastic, innovative spiritual teacher. For Frederick Lenz, boundary breaking was de rigueur as witnessed and reported by the 100+ students and colleagues interviewed by author Liz Lewinson. Meditation, the empowerment of women, and Buddhist wisdom form the core of Dr. Lenz’s teachings, which he shared and honed with boundless enthusiasm. He encountered opposition, of course, but he kept his priorities straight. When he visited Nepal at age 19, he encountered an aged monk who informed him he was a lineage bearer. He was to revive and re‐establish an ancient school of enlightenment. He was to find his many past life students and help them achieve joyous enlightenment in this life or at least set them securely on the path. He was to do this in the West, using Western means. In the East, centuries‐old traditions maintain meditative pathways to enlightenment. In the West, facing a blank canvas, Dr. Lenz found new ways to build mental and meditative prowess through careers such as computer science, visits to American “places of power,” knowledge about real gender equilibrium (not monastic), movies, music, and dance. He taught these skills to American students and observed their success. Whether you are one of Rama’s past life students (or not!), reading this fast-paced biography will bring you new realizations and freedom, and ground you in the tenets of American Buddhism.

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Recent Praise for Blue Skies Buddha
“This fascinating biography captures the wisdom of a genuine, compelling teacher who combined absolute miracles with humor, fun and adventure. When you read this fast-paced book, you feel you are there, learning and transforming. This is an original and exciting read.” — Lynn Andrews, Author of The Medicine Woman Series.

“This book presents an honest look into one of the most intriguing and controversial spiritual movements of the 80’s and 90’s. Rama was a very unconventional teacher and his teaching often caused people to rethink their basic assumptions on spirituality. In a way, he reminded me of my other idols of our age – Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs. They were all not only filled with crazy passions about their lives, but were so unconventional in their approaches that they caused major disruptions in traditional values. They were people who believed in themselves, walked their own paths and did not compromise.” —Francis Wang

Blue Skies Buddha AuthorAbout the Author:
Author, speaker, technologist and long-time teacher/practitioner of meditation, Liz Lewinson first en-countered a young American Buddhist teacher at a classroom at UCLA in the Spring of 1981. Rama’s teachings on feminism inspired her to seek out the root causes of feminism and the power of women. Along with her study of Buddhism and meditation, Liz manages complex technology programs for global firms.  During the 15 years she spent researching Blue Skies Buddha, she increasingly broadened her understanding and appreciation of Buddhism for the West.

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Literary Fiction – The Trees Outside

The Trees OutsideThe Trees Outside
By Andrea N. Carr
Published: 06/01/2015
ASIN: The Trees Outside
Pages: 19
Genre: Literary Fiction, African-American Fiction, Philosophy

Often as human beings we find ourselves on the outside looking in on a given situation: a friend’s problems with work, the death of a distant relative, even watching police rush to a major car accident. However, one of the most difficult aspects of humanity is being able to look within ourselves and be honest about what we see there.

The Trees Outside is an introspective look at those forces affecting the character Angel Harper, from Andrea N. Carr’s debut novel Family Tree the Novel: Family Tree. Here, she not only helps readers look introspectively at Angel’s life through her poetry and previously edited material, but she reveals the naked truth about her writing as a medium for self-expression.

“This is a must read for all readers new or familiar with Family Tree the Novel. Miss Carr bears her soul and that of Angel’s in a truly enlightening short work.” ~ M.J. Moores, OCT

 

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The Trees Outside AuthorAbout the Author:
Andrea N. Carr is a born storyteller.

Her soul carries the passions and disappointments of a nation and her writing bares faultless witness to the truths of our time. Her profound insights into the human condition echo Alice Munro, The Color Purple and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. With pace that has been compared to Raymond Carver.

This new indie author has been writing emotionally driven, self exploratory stories since 1999 from her homes in Orange County. Growing up in Huntington Beach, she later moved to Los Angeles California after leaving a Mental Health Career, as a Psychiatric Technician for the State of CA. Miss Carr now resides in Joshua Tree CA after, living in Malaga, Spain where she finished her debut title.

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Science/Religion – Does God Exist? Are Science and the Belief in God Compatible?

Does God ExistDoes God Exist? Are Science and the Belief in God Compatible?
By Donald Ackermann
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1496918307 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1496918291 (ebook)
ASIN: B00LUUVKS0
Pages: 48
Genre: Religion, Philosophy, Science

Wonder if there is a God … a benevolent God? Who among us would not want to know the answer? Unexpectedly, some scientists are now leading the way to that answer.

The contentious debate between believers and non-believers as to whether or not God really exists has raged ever since man first gazed into the heavens and pondered the universe. But recent discoveries coupled with what was already known are drawing the two opposing camps closer. This commentary strives to demonstrate how this is happening, and why the religious and scientific communities are gradually finding so much more that they can agree upon. Both sides have given considerable ground. Some scientists and theologians now acknowledge each other’s previously inflexible positions on many issues: how old the earth is, if other life similar to ours exists, the nature of things that strongly suggest Intelligent Design. It is particularly noteworthy how many prominent physicists, cosmologists, and astronomers now accept the possible existence of a God, Supreme Being, or Universal Power. It is seen that once the dogmatism on both sides is removed, the compatibility of religion and science emerges. Keep in mind the author makes no claim to being a scientist or theologian, or that this commentary is intended to be exhaustive. But it is believed few have ever assembled such a concentrated array of scientific and religious facts and opinions with accompanying analysis which, when brought together, form a more composite and truer picture of the truth. And isn’t that what everyone is after: the truth?

If you find this subject intriguing, as most do, and you are looking for some answers, you may find them here. Come, journey with the author into the uncertain, the unknown, the profound. See where it takes you. You will not be disappointed.

About the Author:
Does God Exist AuthorDonald Ackermann is a professional land surveyor turned writer. He spent six years researching and gathering material applicable to the theme of this book: Are science and the belief in God compatible? Ackermann believes “YES.”

 

 

 

 

 

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