Over the summer I wrote a book. The idea was presented to me by the publisher, who had decided that they needed a daily practice guide based on Buddhist teachings, and they wanted me essentially to fill in the blanks.
It turned out to be a bit more involved than that, because their original outline wasn’t realistic. So we worked together to create a new outline, and the book ended up having four components: brief guides to meditation, reflections, mantras, and — ta-da! — quotes from the Buddha.
In some cases I translated quotes myself. Sometimes I used or adapted other people’s translations. Full canonical references are given.
In order that the quotes be seen as relevant to any reader, I made sure that they were all gender-neutral, and where a quote referred to a mendicant (bhikkhu — usually but not very accurately translated as “monk”) I changed that to something like “spiritual practitioner.” Apart from that I kept the quotes as accurate as possible.
I love how the book’s been designed. It’s very beautiful, as you can see from the cover. The inside is lovely too.
The Kindle edition is now available. Using the same link you can order the paperback version, which gets released on the 4th of January.
It’s not yet available on Apple Books or the Kobo store.
I consider Amazon to be a pretty awful company, so please do consider supporting your local bookshop buy pre-ordering there.
Publisher: Rockridge Press (January 4, 2022)
Paperback: 264 pages