A Website about Buddhism & Mental Health Reflections on daily life and happiness.

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SundanceKid Press

I am still working on promoting my memoir. I am slowly but surely making my way around to local bookstores in the South Bay. Yesterday I donated a copy to NAMI Santa Clara and gave them a few flyers for the Gilroy Barnes & Noble book signing. I’m also hoping to organize a similar book event at the Stevens Creek Barnes & Noble in San Jose later this fall. Please feel free to download or distribute the flyer for the October 11th book event at the Gilroy Barnes & Noble. GilroyBNFlyer In the meantime, I’ve been working on an idea...

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Dialogue Starts With Courage

I’m so happy to be holding my first memoir book signing at the Gilroy, California Barnes & Noble Bookstore. I can’t wait! It will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 2-4pm and copies will be available for purchase. I will be available at an information table near the front of the store to answer questions and discuss my memoir. I hope to plan a future event, maybe in December, in the San Jose area so stay tuned! I am especially looking forward to sharing my experience with other people. I believe it is so important to talk to other...

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Buddhist Optimism – A Fighting Optimism

Buddhist optimism is not the escapist optimism of those who throw up their hands and say, “Somehow or other things will work out.” Rather it means clearly recognizing evil as evil and suffering as suffering and resolutely fighting to overcome it. It means believing in one’s ability and strength to struggle against any evil or any obstacle. It is to possess a fighting optimism.  – SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, “The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: Volume V.” I believe this statement epitomizes one of the major differences between the Buddhism that I practice, the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, and the...

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Shine a Light On Your Dark Places!

Three or four years ago I borrowed a book from my mom to read on the flight home from Denver. The book was Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle. I loved it. The Glass Castle is Jeannette Walls’ memoir about her childhood and growing up with an unusual set of parents. I recently bought her third book, The Silver Star, published in 2013. The Silver Star is a novel and doesn’t offer quite the same insights into the author’s personal life like her memoir. It’s still a good read, and last night I was struck by a piece of advice the mom gave the young...

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Making Change Happen

I was a little out of sorts over this past weekend, and it took me a couple of days to recover. I had this expectation that on Friday, August 1st, the voices, the mafia, and all the people traipsing around after me would go away. When that didn’t happen, I became very upset. It is extremely difficult for me to accept the situation as it is, but when I went to my Buddhist study on Tuesday morning, I felt encouraged by another woman’s experience. She too had also been feeling frustrated – as if nothing was changing in her life...