A Buddhist Teaching for Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! It's the unofficial start of summer, a time to feel gratitude for those who died while serving in our country's armed forces, and a time to rest as described here by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh:

Stopping and Resting

"Stopping is the basic Buddhist practice of meditation. You stop running. You stop struggling. You allow yourself to rest, to heal, to calm." (from Pocket Teachings of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, and Thich Nhat Hanh #BK572) Read more of Thich Nhat Hanh's teaching on resting at Lion's Roar.

The DharmaCrafts folks have compiled a summer reading list of staff favorite books - you might enjoy in a hammock on a nice day.....

The DharmaCrafts folks summer reading

DharmaCrafts summer reading list:

Wendy, in marketing & operations, picked The Hidden Lamp, a collection of 100 stories of awakened  women. Each story is accompanied by a reflection from a female Buddhist teacher. A great summer read, because each section is only 2-3 pages long!

Jackie, the Office Manager, wanted a refresher on the basics of meditation and picked Real Happiness. Sharon Salzberg packs 30 years worth of experience into a 28-day guidebook on everything from posture to breathing to dealing with pain and distraction.

John, the Warehouse Manager, picked Man of Peace, a fun way to learn more about politics and history, and H.H. the Dalai Lama as a young man. It's a beautifully illustrated graphic novel and very educational at the same time.

Digital Marketing Manager, Michelle reminds us that the tranquil poetry and illustrations of Breathe and Be can be enjoyed at any age.

Simone in Customer Service picked How to Free Your Mind. Her meditation group is reading it this summer and they have all committed to six months of Green Tara practice. This easy-to-read book discusses who Tara is, the benefits of a Tara practice, and Tibetan Buddhism basics.

Our founder, Dyan, is reading several new releases for possible inclusion in our fall catalog.

Products Shown: The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (#BK536), Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (#BK561), Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. A Full-Color Graphic Novel (#BK574),  How to Free Your Mind: The Practice of Tara the Liberator (#BK257), Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems (#BKK033)


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