What an amazing year it has been, for myself as both a writer and reader. I never expected that The Road Home would make best-of-the-year book lists, but it made two of them. Crazy. I wanted to return the favor and share five of my favorite books of the year, including an honorable mention to a few books I read this year that were actually published in 2014 or 2013 (because I'm slow, sometimes). Favorite Books of 2015: (more…)
Check out Ethan's new lecture on the Shambhala Podcast, Dealing with Family Karma." Family is the hardest practice, isn't it? Check out what Ethan has to say about that, drawing on his book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and lots of ancient and not so ancient wisdom and thoughts on the matter. This Shambhala podcast has lots of great teachers and lectures on it, so you probably just subscribe via iTunes. Enjoy!
I am very much looking forward to teaching my first live webcast course for the Interdependence Project. The course is tonight at 7-9PM eastern time, but you can also follow along anytime by watching or listening to the recording and following the reading list and online discussion board. Check it out. Back in May when I was touring for The Road Home in the Bay Area, I had the opportunity to speak with Justine Willis Toms of the popular and widely syndicated New Dimensions radio. They just released the interview today. It was easily one of my favorite interviews about the new book. Had read the book thoroughly and arrived with almost 30 pages of notes. Talk about an honor to be asked about my book and the Buddhist path by someone who had been so thorough with my work. I hope you can give it a listen. New dimensions
Update! We got more responses than we have downloads within 10 minutes of posting this! Sorry we don't have any more download codes, but please check out the book and feel free to share your answer if you want to be in next week's blog post that we are creating. Not only is The Road Home available in hardcover and in all e-book formats, it is also available as an Audiobook from Audible.com. Because both James Earl Jones and Judi Dench were unavailable that week, I had to narrate the book myself. :) The folks at Audible.com have given me a few free downloads of the audio book. I would like to pass three of them onto you. Please just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a paragraph, a poem, or an image that describes the relationship between your meditation practice and your concept of "HOME." Any entries (short and sweet is best,
It was quite an amazing first week for #TheRoadHome. We are already hearing from many folks who are loving the book. If you haven't gotten a copy, you can follow this link to order The Road Home as a hardcover, ebook, or audible download. A click the title above for a rundown of interviews from the first week of publication.
I had a great time discussing The Road Home, The Buddhist Path, the problem with always feeling stuck in commute and never arriving, myths around creative process in relation to meditation, and yes, even Battlestar Galactica with my friend Maud Newton. The interview is up on FSG's Work In Progress blog. Please check it out, and if you feel inspired, check out The Road Home when it comes out on Tuesday (this coming Tuesday, finally!).
This year, I will be having more conversations with incredible people for the Interdependence Project podcast at the intersection of mindfulness practice, dharma, and modern life. Recently, I was able to have an amazing interview with bestselling author and ABC News Anchor Dan Harris. Part one of The iTunes podcast link is here and the website link is here. You should just go ahead and subscribe to the podcast. :) Dan's book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works is a hilarious and moving memoir of one skeptic's journey to mindfulness, and is among the best books I've read for cynics about dharma and meditation. I was able to sit down with Dan at IDP in the East Village a few months ago for a truly great dialogue on meditation, panic attacks, the mindfulness movement, and secular Buddhism. It was a really wonderful conversation. Please
This year, I will be having more conversations with incredible people for the Interdependence Project podcast at the intersection of mindfulness practice, dharma, and modern life. Recently, I was able to have an amazing interview with bestselling novelist and zen priest Ruth Ozeki. The iTunes podcast link is here and the website link is here. Her novels A Tale for the Time Being, My Year of Meats, and All Over Creation have won major awards and moved a huge group of people, myself included. I was able to sit down with her at IDP in the East Village for a truly great dialogue on writing, meditation, the internet era, the nature of time, magical realism and cyber-bullying, among many other things. For folks in the NY area, Ruth will be teaching a daylong writing retreat at Brooklyn Zen on Sunday, April 26. I'm sure, from spending time with her, that that